The Grand Theft Auto series is the most popular gaming franchise in the history of video games. It is developed and marketed by Rockstar Games with GTA V being the latest in the franchise. GTA is an open-world role-playing game that usually revolves around Crimes and gangsters. As a result, it became instantaneously popular. Players loved the open-world concept along with a plot-driven arc. Recently, Rockstar Games launched Red Dead Redemption 2 for Consoles and PC in 2018. After that, they created speculations regarding the next big GTA franchise. Naturally, this was well received and a number of rumors regarding GTA 6 started to surface. Here is what we have got to know and learned about so far. We have curated the information from multiple sources including Rockstart interviews, forums and online communities.
Rumors and Speculations about GTA 6
The first detailed rumor about GTA 6 was posted on the Reddit forum. It laid out certain details that the game was dubbed ‘Project Americas’. Therefore, speculations began that the game may be set across continents. Usually, the cities in GTA were closely based on cities across the USA.
Another big speculation was the fact that GTA 6 would occur mainly in Vice City. This was a fictional city that was based on Miami in the earlier franchise of GTA with the same name. Till date, it remains the most loved GTA game amongst its series. Naturally, players were very excited to hear this news.
However, most of these rumors were called out to be fake by Rockstar and other media agencies. After this, Rockstar itself started dropping some hints during December. The Christmas wishes on their Twitter account included a snowy background with the Rockstar logo and a purple flare. This flare was the exact same color as the text of Vice City.
Moreover, some interesting pictures were posted by their employees. One particular picture had the Rockstar logo with the Columbian Map. Therefore, this could be another tease that GTA 6 could be set in South America. Some players have even pointed out that Rockstar was visiting Miami and parts of Rio De Janeiro for “research”. Again, these were mere rumors with no source.
Characters, Maps, and Storyline for GTA 6
Rockstar Games revolutionized the GTA series by introducing multiple protagonists in GTA V. To date, GTA V is still one of the most bought games even though it was released in 2015. Therefore, it does bring out the possibility of having multiple characters in GTA 6 as well. Some rumors even suggest the possibility of having a female lead character.
As stated earlier, the possibility of revisiting Vice City is very likely. Along with this, another main city could be one of the cities in South America. You can easily expect a larger city if they do opt for Vice City. Currently, GTA V already supports maximum interactivity with the open world. As a result, the Vice City map could be redefined to provide a more immersive gaming experience. Some older maps like Liberty City and San Andreas are also being speculated to contain a few missions. However, the main maps remain to be Vice City and Rio de Janeiro.
GTA 6 was also speculated to play out across generations. Therefore, the game may start in the 70s up to the current 21st century. Hence, it could have some character changes across the generation. If this were true, then GTA 6 could offer a rich storyline.
Both North and South America were rampaged by drug trade and usage in the 1970s-1980s. Therefore, it would be really easy for GTA 6 to have a story set in this era. The character could start out as a local dealer who gets mixed with the drug lords. From there, he could travel to South America and bring in drugs from there to Vice City.
During this journey, the character can become ambitious and try to establish his own drug trade. GTA 6 could then play out in generations to show how the character creates his own drug empire. As the game progresses, we could see possible changes in the economy and buildings as well. Therefore, old and vintage cars would be less available and replaced by more modern ones.
To support this theory, Rockstar had recently made a snide remark in one of their interviews. They stated that they wouldn’t release GTA 6 while Trump is still running the office. Thus, it can be speculated that the game could politically revolve around the above storyline.
What can you expect from Grand Theft Auto 6?
Rockstar is already planning to make GTA 6 more immersive and lifelike. For this, they may be implementing an advanced weather system for their game.
In Red Dead Redemption 2, they have already achieved this by spanning the game across various seasons. Also, GTA 5 had its own advanced weather as well. The rain would form puddles in the game and cars’ handling would be different.
Hence, GTA 6 could easily have a much-advanced weather system. It would be really amazing if there were storms, hurricanes, and even floods. Speculations regarding natural calamities are a possibility as well. Another improvement could be the NPC’s reaction to such change. In GTA 4, people would scurry during rain or try to find a cover. This was removed in GTA 5 but could be implemented in GTA 6 to provide a better gaming experience.
Naturally, you can expect more detailed graphics and interactivity in GTA 6. Therefore, you will be able to enter more buildings and fully interact with the environment.
GTA 6 Release Date Speculations
Rockstar Games is still yet to launch any game trailers or news regarding GTA 6. They are still tight-lipped and not giving out any information regarding the game. However, one thing is certain that they might be making the game for powerful consoles.
The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are due to be launched somewhere around 2020. Therefore, GTA 6 could be an exclusive for these consoles before being available for PC or older consoles. Sony has already announced the Playstation 5’s launch in February 2020. Hence, gamers could receive a warm surprise from Rockstar Games at the same time. Even then, GTA 6 could be launched somewhere around 2021-2022. Thus, there is still a long period of time to wait for.
In conclusion, all these rumors and speculations have only got us more excited for GTA 6. The online gaming community is already loving the idea for maps and storyline. Therefore, you need to stay tuned for the PS5 launch in case Rockstar announces something around this time. However, it would be bad news for current gamers if GTA 6 was launched for newer consoles first. As a result, current gamers may have to wait longer for it to be available for their platform. This is of course unless they choose to simply upgrade to the newer models.