GTA 6: Release Date, Map, Characters, News & Leaks and more
GTA 6 (Grand Theft Auto VI) is the next chapter of the colossal GTA Series. The game has been confirmed to be in development by Rockstar Games, and has suffered a major leak on September 18, 2022.
Even though there is no official information about it yet, we can take a few calculated guesses based on what we know so far.
It has now been 9 long years since Grand Theft Auto V has been released, the longest we ever had to wait between Grand Theft Auto games.
So obviously there is an ever-increasing interest online about a possible GTA 6 release date, as well as any kind of GTA 6 news, leaks, and rumors. Here’s our complete analysis of the hints we were able to catch so far.
When Will GTA 6 Release?
While rumors were suggesting that GTA 6 would be released as soon as 2022-2023, newer information suggests that it will not be coming out until 2024-2025, and for a few good reasons.
Tom Henderson, a tipster known for a good track record with Battlefield and Warzone leaks, had to say something about what year Grand Theft Auto 6 is coming out in a recent GTA 6 video.
So, before we dive into some more questionable claims about the game, we’re going to take a look at one of the most trusted sources out there at the moment.
While he does state several times that he isn’t known for GTA VI leaks specifically and that we should take everything he says with a grain of salt, his sources have always proved to be more than credible so far.
Everything players should know about GTA 6: Story, protagonists, map, and more
Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto series is quite popular for its engaging storylines, iconic map locations, and memorable protagonists. Since the leaks of GTA 6 started to pop on the internet, fans have hoped for the game to return to Vice City once again. If the new report is to be believed, players might just get what they’ve been hoping for.
According to the report, Grand Theft Auto 6 was supposed to have the biggest map in the history of the series, even containing whole continents inspired by South and North America. The game was initially codenamed “Project Americas,” and the developers were working hard to deliver a map that players would remember for decades. However, the plans were later scrapped in favor of a much smaller map based on the beloved Vice City.
- GTA 6 release date – release information according to leaks
- Grand Theft Auto 6 logos and images appear in GTA Online
So when is GTA 6 coming out?
His predictions about the GTA 6 release date are set somewhere around 2024 or 2025, one of the main reasons being that there are a lot of shortages with the new generation of consoles. Rockstar obviously wants to release GTA VI when there is a big enough market for the PS5 & Xbox Series X/S platforms.
Other reasons include the employee’s well-being and Rockstar not wanting to set a release date unless they are 100% sure they can meet the deadline. All of this makes sense, as Rockstar has been bringing changes to its approach to the development process.
More specifically, they came out with concerns about the strain and stress that comes with crunches and overtime – which are both very common in today’s industry. Such stressful periods were present during the development of Red Dead Redemption 2 and GTA 5.
Also, we had a glance at Take Two’s (Rockstar Games Parent company’s) annual 10-K forms to investigate further.
- GTA 6 leaks – Take-Two issues takedown notice against Goat Simulator
- Microsoft Hints at Possible Release Date for GTA 6
We learned that they plan to invest approximately $89 million into marketing between April of 2023 and March of 2024. This kind of a spike was also present when Red Dead Redemption 2 was being marketed and prepared for release.
GTA 6 release date
So, while no specific games are mentioned anywhere, we can see how all of this lines up with the presumed 2024/2025 GTA 6 release date.
Bottom line – Rockstar Games hasn’t come out with any specific information, such as a GTA 6 trailer release date or anything. In fact, it’s the very silence that makes it even more interesting to look into. There was only a small tease that Rockstar made about GTA VI, as part of the trailer for the recent GTA Online Cayo Perico update.
However, as we’ll see in this article, the development of Grand Theft Auto 6 is already well underway.
It’s not yet possible to pre-order Grand Theft Auto 6, but considering the hype, we can predict that the GTA 6 pre-order amount is certainly going to be huge.
GTA VI Platforms: Next-Gen Release, PC Version Coming Later
Here’s what we know so far on GTA VI and the platforms it will come out for:
GTA 6 for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S
GTA 6 will be released for the next generation of consoles, Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X/S. There’s a good chance we will see a version of the game for Windows PC and Google Stadia too.
Will GTA 6 be on PS4 & Xbox One?
Unfortunately for people that won’t get a next-gen console, Rockstar Games will not be launching GTA 6 on PS4 and Xbox One. The next GTA game will be next-gen hardware exclusive.
Will there be a GTA 6 PC Release?
What about the GTA 6 PC version, then?
Well, with GTA 4, GTA 5, and even Red Dead Redemption 2, there weren’t simultaneous launches for the PC along with the consoles. But they did come after a certain time.
While the delays surely frustrated a lot of PC users, it was worth the wait as the developers had more time to optimize the games for the PC platform and polish everything even further.
So, while we might expect a GTA VI PS5 exclusive launch at first, along with Xbox Series X/S – also a PC version is sure to follow. Rockstar is smart enough to know not to keep this kind of a title limited to consoles only.
When is GTA VI going to be released on PC and next-gen consoles actually has a lot to do with the GTA VI release date itself. The PS5 and Xbox Series X/S currently aren’t widespread, meaning there isn’t really a market or a large player base to appeal to… yet.