GTA 6 news and rumours: Could we see a new GTA in 2018?

Even though GTA 5 was released all the way back in 2013, it continues to hover around the top of the UK games chart. It has sold over 75 million copies, and – according to NPD Group sales data – even managed to be the sixth best-selling game across all formats in 2016. Given the sheer quantity of sales Rockstar’s crime series commands, the prospect of GTA 6 is less a question of ‘if’, than ‘when’.

Right, so when? The tantalising news is that we’re coming up to a period when the gap between entries suggests a new Grand Theft Auto could be around the corner. The realistic view, however, is that we’re highly unlikely to see GTA 6 in 2017.

Now that Red Dead Redemption 2[1] has finally been officially announced, it’s pretty likely the release of Grand Theft Auto 6 has been pushed back until at least 2018. Rockstar will likely want to focus on the next iteration in its Wild West series. With Red Dead Redemption 2 out of the way, however, the path would be clear for a return to present-day crime action.

With that in mind, here’s everything we know (and guess) so far about GTA 6.

GTA 6: Release date

If the previous Grand Theft Auto release timeline is anything to go by, we can expect a gap of around four or five years between GTA 5 and GTA 6. GTA: San Andreas came out in 2004, GTA 4 came out in 2008, while GTA 5 came out in 2013. That would hint at a potential release in 2018. The problem is, Rockstar recently announced Red Dead Redemption 2, due to launch in Autumn 2017.

As both RDR2 and GTA 6 will be open-world adventures, it would make sense for the company not to want to rush one out after the other. So while a 2018 launch is possible, a more realistic time frame would be a GTA 6 release in 2019 or 2020.

GTA 6: Could it be set in London?

While Rockstar has yet to make any official announcements surrounding GTA 6, there have been some subtle hints which sort of show that the game might be in development, at least in an early stage. There have been multiple rumours that Rockstar could be considering locations outside of America – even a return to London following 1999’s Grand Theft Auto: London 1969 mission pack for the original game.

Water has been thrown on that particular fire thanks to a 2013 interview with The Guardian[2], which suggests the game won’t be set in London. “I think for us, my gut feeling is, GTA London was cool for the time, but games were more limited then,” said Rockstar’s Dan Houser. “These days I think we would love to set a game in the UK, set in London, whatever, but I don’t know if it would be a GTA game. I think there are plenty of great stories we could tell about the UK, great environments to showcase, great gameplay mechanics that could have a UK bent to them – I just don’t think it would be a GTA necessarily.” Houser also said that Rockstar is open to the possibility of a playable female protagonist too, which would be a first for the series. “We didn’t really think about it this time [of GTA V],” he said. “That’s not to say that we couldn’t or we wouldn’t.

This character set is just what came to us: it wasn’t, ‘we’ve got X and Y so we need Z,’ we weren’t trying to do it off a checklist – I don’t think that will ever give you something that’s believable or engaging.

“In the future, could we do a game with a lead female character? Of course. We just haven’t found the right game for it yet, but it’s one of the things that we always think about.

It didn’t feel natural for this game but definitely for the right game in the future – with the right themes, it could be fantastic.”

GTA 6: Features we’d like to see

Los Angeles was the perfect choice of location for Grand Theft Auto V, but as is tradition with other games in the series, the next GTA will likely be in an entirely new location. While it would be nice to see another country other than the US get the GTA treatment, it’s likely Rockstar won’t play ball. After all, US locations have always been the perfect setting for Rockstar’s satire.

We loved the three distinct playable characters in Grand Theft Auto V and would like to see this happen in the future, but perhaps they could expand on that, with the option to create your own character akin to the character creator in GTA Online. We’d also expect Grand Theft Auto VI to be industry-leading in terms of visual fidelity and creating a believable world too. We all remember the first time we saw the announcement trailer for GTA 5 way back in October 2011 and were blown away by how good it looked, a feeling you may remember from Grand Theft Auto IV’s release back in 2008.

Expect the same emotions when we see GTA VI for the first time.

References

  1. ^ Red Dead Redemption 2 (www.expertreviews.co.uk)
  2. ^ The Guardian (www.theguardian.com)

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