GTA 6 Release Date, Trailer, Map, Leaks, and More

GTA 6: Release Date, Gameplay, Map, Characters, Leaks, and More

Nine years. Yeah, as of 2022, it has been nine years since the initial release of GTA 5, and its sequel is still nowhere to be found. This is the most enormous gap that the Grand Theft Auto franchise has ever taken between launching two significant titles. But if we believe the leaks and hints, the delay in GTA 6’s release should be well worth the wait. This entry to the GTA franchise will feature a vast but familiar map, a genuinely unique protagonist, and homage to a popular GTA classic. So, let’s stop beating around the bush and unfold everything we know about Grand Theft Auto (GTA 6) so far.

Grand Theft Auto 6: Everything We Know So Far (August 2022)

We have covered each aspect of Grand Theft Auto 6 (GTA VI), including its release date, storyline, characters, and more. You can use the table below to explore the sections that interest you the most.

GTA 6 Release Date: When is GTA 6 Coming Out?

Rockstar Games, the developer of the Grand Theft Auto franchise, first confirmed that the “next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series is well underway” in February 2022 via an official Newswire post. This post was made to announce community updates around GTA V but ended with a subtle note to the franchise’s future.

Then, later in June 2022, Rockstar Games shared an official statement stating they’re investing all their resources towards the development of GTA VI. It definitely reflects the developers’ seriousness towards the GTA franchise. This announcement puts their other projects like the GTA 4 and Red Dead Redemption remaster on hold until further notice. As you might expect, RDR fans were not rejoiced by the news.

Unfortunately, neither of these dedication-filled announcements get us close to a release date. Instead, we have to thank Chris Klippel, a famous GTA leaker, for additional information around the GTA 6 launch date. According to Klippel, GTA 6 won’t release before the last months of 2024. He is not directly affiliated to Rockstar but has made reliable GTA 5 leaks in the past.

This release window was also supported by Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier in a separate Twitter thread. Keeping the leaks and lack of official announcements in mind, we believe that GTA 6 will be released in late 2024 or early 2025.

Why Is Grand Theft Auto 6 (GTA 6) Delayed?

Much like any other AAA video game title’s development, GTA 6 has several elements affecting its progress and release. Among them, the major one is the COVID-19 pandemic, which halted the entire world, and the internal conflicts at Rockstar Games made them rethink their company policies and re-shuffle their team.

Though, many players also suspect that Rockstar Games is trying to milk the success and popularity of GTA 5 (and its online title) before bringing out its successor. And looking at the huge revenue of GTA 5, it isn’t surprising that the studio isn’t ready to shelf its best product just yet. In any case, we have already waited for a decade, which is twice as long as the gap of five years between GTA IV and GTA V. Now, hopefully, the wait will only last for two more years. Hopefully!

GTA 6 Supported Platforms

The gaming industry has changed drastically within the decade-long gap between GTA 6 and GTA 5. And since Rockstar Games is known for pioneering the industry, we only expect the GTA VI to have an initial release on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. So, it’s fair to assume that a PS4 version of GTA 6 won’t be seeing the light of the day.

Moreover, like GTA 5, the developers might later upgrade and port the game to PC users. Unfortunately, that might mean that GTA 6 will reach PC users only in late 2025 or early 2026. For comparison, GTA 5 was released on consoles in 2013 and on PC later in 2015. In any case, it’s less than the time it took Marvel’s Spider-Man to release on PC.

Playable Characters in GTA 6 (Leaked)

According to a Bloomberg report, Rockstar Games is on a spree of cleaning its image, and its efforts aren’t limited to the real world. Several ex and current employees at Rockstar Games have raised the issue of gender gap in the pay scale of their developers. If we look at the GTA franchise, the situation isn’t ideal there either.

Characters from GTA VC Stories
Character art from GTA Vice City Stories

Including the expansion packs, we have sixteen games in the GTA franchise. Only two of these titles, the first two GTA games, had playable female characters. Men have entirely dominated every other iteration of the game. Fortunately, Grand Theft Auto 6 is planning to give us a female protagonist in GTA 6 along with a closely related male lead – a duo to play out the story. Bloomberg’s report further claims that this playable female character is a Latina, another positive step towards representation.

The Storyline of GTA 6 (Leaks and Rumors)

The main protagonist duo of GTA 6 is supposed to be related in some way. This duo’s story, as per the report, is inspired by the real-world crime couple – Bonnie and Clyde – from the early 1900s. But don’t worry, the upcoming game will be set in modern times, as revealed by Tom Henderson, a game leaker with a reliable record.

Back in 2020, a recently deleted Reddit post revealed more about the storyline that fits with the current information. As per the Redditor, GTA 6 was first codenamed “Project Americas,” which could take place over both American continents. But as faith would have it, this plan was only an early design that developers later scrapped. The protagonists who are supposed to build a drug empire, similar to the GTA Vice City Stories, might still make it into the game.

Chapter Based Stories

In March of 2022, Michael Pachter from Business Insider stated (via YouTube) that Grand Theft Auto 6 might cover multiple cities in 500+ hours worth of storyline. Even though there is not much proof to back Pachter’s claim, it will be a reliable redressal to players’ complaints about GTA 5 being too short.

Moreover, if they use a chapter-based storyline, just like RDR2, we might get many new missions, locations, and characters as the chapters unfold. This can also suit the location-based DLCs we discuss in the next segment. Each new place can bring new chapters and, in turn, new missions and characters to the game.

GTA 6 Will Set Creative Bars For All Entertainment

Take-Two, the parent company of Rockstar, reassured the franchise’s fans of an important thing about the upcoming GTA VI game in their 2022 financial update. They released a statement claiming — “With the development of the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series well underway, the Rockstar Games team is determined to once again set creative benchmarks for the series, our industry, and for all entertainment, just as the label has done with every one of their frontline releases.”

With such a bold claim, GTA 6 is set to compete against movies, shows, and other major gaming titles, all at once. And we certainly hope that GTA 6 lives up to the creative mark. Though, only time will tell if Take-Two’s massive assertions come to life.

GTA 6 Graphics and Gameplay (Rumored)

New Game Engine

Every video game’s story is highly impacted by the capability of the engine used to develop that game. A game engine is the base platform on which the game’s world loads, functions, and interacts with the player. Keeping that in mind, Chris Klippel, the leaker who gave us GTA 6’s release timeline, has claimed that Grand Theft Auto is being developed using the new Rage engine.

RDR2 Screenshot
Screenshot from Red Dead Redemption 2, the latest game on Rockstar’s current game engine

This new engine is more potent than its counterpart, which powers GTA 5 and RDR2. If this claim is valid, then we can not only expect jaw-dropping graphics but also more elaborate missions. With powerful platforms and a smarter game engine, GTA 6 can give us more than the “go and kill” missions currently dominating the franchise.

Will GTA 6 Have Multiplayer Online Mode?

If the current GTA Online multiplayer (based on GTA V) game’s massive success is any indication, then GTA 6 Online is definitely going to happen. But we don’t just have to rely on speculations. Several new listings on Rockstar Games’ job openings website have also mentioned “online” gameplay in their descriptions. This key detail indicates the development of potential GTA 6’s online multiplayer content. Though it could also mean new content for GTA 5 Online, which is highly unlikely keeping their current team in mind.

Upcoming Single Player DLC with New Cities

Fueling the rumor of expanding maps, Tez2, a leaker with a reliable track record, has claimed that GTA 6 might feature story-based DLCs. Tez2 claimed in a GTAForums post, that instead of providing stand-alone content, the GTA VI DLCs will add new missions and cities that expand the existing stories. Moreover, the post also states that these cities will be in the form of explorable islands featuring single-player missions. Though, it won’t be surprising to see them expand into GTA Online multiplayer missions.

GTA 6 Map Might Feature Vice City

Potential map of GTA 6
Map of GTA Vice City (L) and Map of Miami, Florida (R)

Examining all the GTA games to date, we have 2 full-scale games based in Los Santos, several different titles in Liberty City, and only one major title in Vice City. Based on that, it won’t be surprising to see GTA 6’s story play out in the iconic Vice City (map depicted above). The said rumor also fits Bloomberg’s report, which describes the location of GTA 6 to be based in Miami and its neighboring areas.

Caribbean Island Missions

Back in GTA San Andreas, there was a mission called “Saint Mark’s Bistro”. It is probably the most unique mission in the game because it makes us take a flight to Liberty City to kill a character. Other than this specific mission, that location wasn’t accessible in the game. Now, as per a well-known leaker, Matheusvictorbr, Rockstar might be looking to repeat this in GTA 6. He explained that a part of GTA VI will take place in the Caribbean islands, which won’t be a part of the main open world.

Caribbean Islands

Rockstar did something similar by introducing a secondary location called Guarma in Red Dead Redemption 2. Again, just like the GTA SA case, you could only access this location during specific missions. Now, at this point, it would be too early to make an assumption as to why this location won’t be accessible in the main game. But we hope that it still makes it into GTA 6. As history reflects, more explorable places only improve the gameplay experience of open-world games.

GTA VI: Three Cancelled Locations

We already know that GTA 6 has shifted away from its plan of creating “Project Americas” on its map. But as per Stephen Totilo, co-author of Axios Gaming’s newsletter, this scrapped plan was much more ambitious than what meets the eye. He claims that, as per his source, GTA 6 was supposed to have four protagonists spread across three different cities.

Compared to GTA V, it would have been an upgrade in the number of playable characters and explorable locations. But as Rockstar Games would have it, we are down to two protagonists from three in the last title.

Is GTA 6 Going International?

As mentioned earlier, the plans to expand GTA 6 to areas outside the USA were discussed early in the game’s development but scrapped. So, you won’t be traveling to Brazil or Cuba-like locations. At least, not at the time of release.

Expanding Map in GTA 6?

GTA Online’s massive success teaches its developers that players love getting new content in existing games. And Rockstar Games seems to have been taking notes. At least, according to freelance writer and GTA insider Tom Henderson, who claimed that GTA 6 will feature an expanding map back in 2021.

If this claim comes true, we might see DLCs and event-based maps, expanding the world of GTA 6 over the years. Considering how popular competitive FPS games like Valorant bring new maps every few months, GTA, which focuses heavily on open-world experiences and has a considerable budget, can surely do the same.

This potential feature also fits with Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser’s statement from September 2013 in a Polygon interview. He claimed that “GTA’s DNA is contemporary-ish, American-ish, English-speaking-ish, because that’s what it has been… but that doesn’t necessarily limit it to those, that’s just what we’ve done so far.

Detailed Interiors of Buildings

Time and again, GTA players have demanded better and more explorable interiors in the franchise. GTA Online was a massive upgrade in that department but nowhere close to covering even half of the in-game buildings. But, as per multiple reports, GTA 6 will have way more explorable interiors than any other open-world game.

If that’s the case, it would somewhat explain the decade-long delay in its release. Based on some of the DLC-based location leaks, we might see many such interiors unlock after the game’s launch.

GTA VI: Gameplay Trailers

As of July 2022, there is no official trailer or teaser for GTA 6. But many reports suggest we might get one by the end of 2023 or early 2024. You must keep an eye out or bookmark our Grand Theft Auto guide to see the trailer or its leak first.

[UPDATE | 1st Aug 2022] – A fan-made concept trailer for GTA 6 has been making rounds of the internet, giving us a first look at what Vice City and the new areas of the GTA VI map might look like. This concept trailer is made with Unreal Engine 5, whereas Rockstar Games will employ its own RAGE Engine. It will be interesting to see how life-like and realistic the game looks when it releases.

Expectations and Speculations

With all the solid announcements and reliable leaks covered, it’s time to open your mind to other potential changes that might reach GTA 6. Since none of these speculations have a solid backing, it’s best to take them with a pinch of salt.

  • Tommy Vercetti: If GTA 6 is to take place in Vice City, many players might expect homage or references to the beloved Tommy Vercetti, the protagonist of GTA Vice City. But since GTA V didn’t pay tribute to CJ, the protagonist of GTA SA, our hopes aren’t high.
  • “Woke” Characters: Reflecting the real world, many GTA characters aren’t really afraid to make offensive remarks and jokes in the storyline. We might see a few characters calling our protagonists out on such behavior if nothing else. But witnessing Rockstar Games’ attempt to clean up its image recently, we expect some capping on such offensive remarks.
  • Character Customization: Even though it might be limited to GTA 6 Online, we expect to get a new reliable character creator. This option, combined with GTA’s graphics, will allow players to get a videogame character that resembles them as closely as possible.
  • Custom Maps: Thanks to the fantastic GTA 5 mods, it is a known fact that the GTA community has several talented creators. And if GTA 6 wants to take full advantage of them, then inviting downloadable community maps is a must. Even if they won’t, the community will keep creating them for years.

What Do You Expect From GTA 6

Now that you know every reliable leak, news, and detail about GTA 6 available online so far, it’s time to wait for more information and the gameplay trailer. We are still months, if not years, away from any solid information about the next GTA installment. But that wouldn’t stop us from sharing our expectations from the franchise in the meantime. Who knows, some ideas might even reach the developers. With that hope in mind, what do you want to see in GTA 6? Tell us in the comments!

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  1. They should also incorporate a mission from a previous time just like they incorporate missions from different locations.

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