GTA 6 release date: all the latest information on the new Grand Theft Auto


When is the GTA 6 release date? It’s hard to say, as Rockstar usually releases a new entry into the franchise every four to five years, which means we should have had one four years ago. You probably know this, however, we got Red Dead Redemption, instead. Hardly a rough trade off, sure.

The prior Grand Theft Auto game was almost inconceivably massive and entertaining. No wonder we’re so desperate for a GTA 6 release date. The game’s sales numbers are off the charts, too, and player numbers remain impressive years on from release. This is largely thanks to Rockstar’s excellent and consistent updates to GTA Online. So, naturally, we’re thinking hard about what’s coming next: GTA 6.

While Grand Theft Auto 6 hasn’t been announced yet we’re very much hoping for some GTA 6 news soon. Our insatiable appetite for gnawing at satire and a good carjacking knows no bounds. We’ve round up all the latest GTA 6 rumours in one place with your suggestions for what we’d like to see, no matter what form the new Grand Theft Auto ends up taking. Below you’ll find everything we know about GTA 6:

GTA 6 release date

When is GTA 6 quit? If the series’ typical development timeline of approximately four to five years between entries is anything to go by, we should have got GTA 6 in 2018.

Although there hasn’t been any news for a while, especially as E3 even as know it didn’t try last year, Take-Two Interactive has confirmed their attendance as of this E3 2021, meaning we could hear more about a potential release date.

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We can say for sure that when stunt professional Tim Neff’s CONTINUE surfaced claiming he previously credits on Grand Theft Auto 6 and Red Dead Redemption 2, it turned out to be a fake. It should have been obvious, really: the CV didn’t match Neff’s IMDB page, it had spelling errors, and it wasn’t removed immediately by Rockstar once the story was well regarded.

When we asked Neff for details he said: “That isn’t my page, account or résumé. I don’t even know that website. I worked tirelessly on GTA 5 a long time ago and haven’t done anything since. Sorry for the confusion. It seems I’m being trolled online really badly. ”

It’s not the first time GTA 6 has appeared on someone’s CONTINUE, either. A 3d artist who briefly worked for Rockstar’s The indian subcontinent branch included a GTA 6 mention on his resume before it was removed. According to Bibin Michael, he worked tirelessly on creating concept vehicles matching real life for GTA 5 and GTA 6. GTA Discussion boards member ApolloThunder also noted Michael is credited in the thank you page for Red Dead Redemption 2, which backs in the claim he’s worked with Rockstar in the past, at least.

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Nowadays we tend to wait the best part of a decade between new games like GTA and Borderlands, but that might not necessarily function as the case going forward. In an interview with gamesindustry. biz, Take-Two Interactive CEO, Strauss Zelnick, suggested that better development tools and bigger teams could shorten these gaps. It can also mean that such “games may be a bit shorter” while still being robustly supported post-launch.

To mitigate crunch time is another reason the next GTA could be shorter, as Kotaku says in its report, “One plan that management has laid out for the next game, a new entry in the Grand Theft Auto series, is to start with a moderately sized release (which, by Rockstar’s standards, would be a large game) that is then expanded with regular updates over time, which may help mitigate stress and recession. ”

Rockstar employees are speaking out about the positive changes the company is making after it was scrutinised following the crunch time over Red Dead Redemption 2. Although there’s still no timeline on a GTA 6, it means the next GTA might be slightly smaller when it does release.

We should all go home now, actually: Grand Theft Auto 6 has already been out on, er, Ps3 2? Last year we noticed the iffy-looking GTA 6 box art above in a photo posted to Reddit from a bootleg stand in South america. Using our well-practised canceling nous, we detected that the box art might not quite be legit. Either that, or Rockstar is showing consoles from two generations back some unlikely love, and Summer Glau has made her live-action videogame debut.

Talking about hoax GTA 6 press releases, another one cropped up in Come early july 2018, courtesy of GTA Online. If you logged on to Rockstar’s enduringly successful multiplayer mode around that point you may have seen an email that read “GTA VI Coming 2019. ” This message only appears on the GTA Online platforms that are most prone to hackers, so perhaps an especially mischievous sort worked as kitchen staff out how to post on Rockstar’s headline system. Besides this, there’s very little GTA 6 news around.

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Since there’s been no official announcements, the internet has plenty of, at this time, unfounded rumours and questions about GTA 6.

The most recent GTA 6 rumour, as featured on Reddit, indicated that news was coming during SuperBowl LV. Last year’s big game happened in Florida and there were references to GTA Vice City all over the place, most notably some broadcasters showing off posters with GTA Vice City’s fonts and styling. Fox Sports also had lots of graphical overlays on its broadcast, most notably the mini map and the health indicators.

The SuperBowl in 2021 happened in Florida, with The Weeknd headlining the halftime show. Fans had speculated that this is important because the Weeknd has been linked to GTA 6 before in a music video. However, this is just a user comment that was included in the video via a billboard from “Son of Cita” that reads “Dis was on GTA 6 trailer”. When the SuperBowl halftime show happened, there was no reported url to GTA 6.

A GTA 5 character standing in front of a screen with information about Data Gathering Drones, which, if we had any, we might put to work discovering more about GTA 6.

The previous GTA 6 rumour is from right back in 2018, and is a bit out there, so bear with us on this one. A purportedly leaked screenshot of the GTA 6 map made its way onto GTA discussion boards and Reddit, but its apparent validity comes from the fact that it matches a similar leak from 2018. The new map shows a central American-inspired island in first stages of development, but looks roughly the same shape as the older trickle.

Of course, this could all be rubbish and the fake has been planned to match the older map. However, that’s not stopping fans from getting excited at a potential remake of the iconic Vice City.

Before that, the last GTA 6 rumour comes from the online CV for actor Jorge Consejo, who lists GTA 6 as a title where he plays a character listed as ‘The Mexican’ from 2018. Consejo has been addressing, and not addressing, the rumours on Twitter, simply stoking the fire with replies like “I can neither confirm nor refute this. But Used to do read your tweet; )” and “While I read every message from you, please know that because of contract fine prints sometimes I’m unable to comment on certain projects, ” – sounds promising.

Another GTA 6 rumour comes from Rockstar’s tax statements of things. TaxWatchUK reports that Edinburgh-based Rockstar North latest published accounts reveal a huge increase in claims for video games tax relief. The report then speculates, “Studios are able to make interim claims for VGTR before a game is completed, and the huge claims being put in by Rockstar are likely related to the production costs of GTA VI. As VGTR is related to production spend, the large claim indicates the scale of Rockstar’s paying for games development. ”

Of course, there’s been plenty of job ads over the years, too. Rockstar Leeds posted a job ad for an Environment Artist, whose job will specifically be ‘creating and texturing environment assets for the biggest and best open-world environments in the industry’. This could very well point to the development of GTA 6, although nothing more specific can be gleaned.

At Rockstar North, they’re buying a Character Costume & Wardrobe Stylist who has “a deep appreciation of the history and cultural importance which clothing plays in society; from past eras to modern, global street styles and trends” – if this is for GTA 6, it looks like we could be going back in time, at least for some of the campaign.

Twitter user @Yan2295, a previous Rockstar insider known for leaking information in the past, has drawn awareness of a number of potential hints circulating the internet.

Second, there’s this. The origin seems questionable and out of nowhere, though this kind of scouting is real. I really doubt this is legit. pic.

— Yan2295 (@Yan2295) April 12, 2019

Circulating on Reddit and Twitter is a photograph of a letter allegedly published by location manager Leah Sokolowsky, containing a request on behalf of the Rockstar Games development team to visit ‘primarily… interior spaces’ in Florida in order to research and photograph these locations to inspire in-game spots. If legitimate, this fits nicely with the Project Americas theory touted by YouTube funnel Inside Gaming, which purports we’ll be visiting Vice City (Rockstar’s Miami) and South america in GTA 6. Lending even more credence to the Vice City theory is the simple fact that we’re talking about GTA VI… VI-ce City? No? It works so well.

As for when we can expect more news about GTA 6, professional Steven Ogg, the voice of Trevor in GTA 5, mentioned at the Brasil Game Show that we can expect GTA 6 ‘soon’ and that ‘games take 7-8 years to make, do the math’. Ok, let’s do the mathematics. GTA 5 was released in September 2013 making the anticipated GTA 6 release date … 2021? This seems unlikely at this point.

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GTA 6 story

A GTA 6 story could take any shape. Across the Grand Theft Auto series, narratives have covered a diverse spectrum of ideas and tones – from the cynical review of capitalism described in GTA 4, to the relatively light and humorous GTA 5.

We’re not aware of any specific GTA 6 story beats established. It remains to be seen if there will be multiple protagonists once again, but we would like to see GTA 6 herald the inclusion of the first female GTA protagonist. In a 2013 interview with the Guardian, Dan Houser explained why a lady wasn’t playable in GTA V, and how the team could make it happen in the future.

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“We didn’t really think about it this time [of GTA V]. That’s not saying that we couldn’t or we wouldn’t. This character set is just what located us: it wasn’t, ‘we’ve got X and Y so we start to use 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 execute 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. ”

We certainly agree. If Rockstar could imbue a female protagonist with its typically anarchic sense of humour, she could be one of PC gaming’s greats. And, since we got a three-pronged set of protagonists last time – catastrophe for the series – why can’t we have a little more variety in our lead characters for GTA 6? Who knows, they could even be on the medial side of legal issues this time, like these GTA V modders.


The rumour mill has been churning with talk of a London GTA 6 setting. But, while England’s big smoke is reported to be the only non-US setting Rockstar would consider, Houser did actually debunk this rumour in the Guardian’s interview with him. He said: “I think for us, my gut feeling is, GTA London was cool for the time, but games were more limited then. These days I think we would like 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 recently don’t think it would be a GTA necessarily. ”

TechRadar, citing an unnamed insider source, asserts that Rockstar was considering Tokyo just as one Grand Theft Auto setting around the time Vice City was in development. However, on the top of issues asked by setting the game outside the US, the developer was also put off by the “problematic” road system. Rockstar already has a game occur Tokyo, of course – you can see more of computer in the Midnight Club 2 video below.

Another persistent rumour is that the open-world game will not be restrained to a city, but would comprise the entirety of the US. Now, we don’t doubt that Rockstar has the ambition or the required dollars to make that happen, but it’d involve too much driving – and, therefore, not enough heisting – in our book.

There are multiple ways Rockstar could make this a reality for a GTA 6 map. First, GTA 6’s US could be a truncated version of the real-world country, as we found in The Crew 2’s gameplay. Or various cities in america could work as a quasi open world – like the connected, but separate playable environments in the Witcher 3, one of the best RPGs on PC.

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However, rumour has it that GTA 6 will take place in two locations. First which is Rockstar’s version of South Florida – Vice City, in other words. The bulk of the game is rumoured to go back to the setting of the series’ 2002 classic, but it’s also claimed some missions might find you fly to an unknown part of South America. This information suggests that the GTA 6 map will be a departure from the GTA 5 one, which saw Blaine Local Los Santos joined together without loading screens.

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Just imagine escaping law enforcement after a high-octane heist one moment, and taking an artistic selfie at the Grand Canyon the next? Whatever Rockstar chooses for the GTA 6 setting, this rumour is an enticing one.

Regardless of what GTA 6 setting is chosen, you can guarantee that it’ll showcase Rockstar’s irreverent and cutting sense of humour, populated with plenty of distractions to keep you from the game’s main missions.

So, what would we like to see from a GTA 6 setting? It’d be great to see GTA 6 vacation to Nevada. Like the Fallout: New Vegas world, except with a little less nuclear annihilation… hopefully. In the style of The Hangover, it’d be huge fun to rampage through the casinos and strip clubs of Nevada. Just as long as we don’t have friends as needy as GTA 4’s Roman to babysit, too.


If the rumour that a new game in the series could recreate the entirety of the US is true, there will be a huge number of activities to choose from. But the surface area of a location is one thing, whether the GTA 6 gameplay is fun, is another.

Thankfully, then, Rockstar has a solid track record with delivering gameplay that keeps us coming back for more. If the medial side missions kept us from the main story after several hours into GTA 6’s predecessors, a gargantuan, full-sized US help keep us going forever.

What innovations could GTA 6 gameplay provide? Maybe we’ll see our new protagonist planning assassinations like we did heists in GTA V? Something like Rocksteady pioneered with Batman: Arkham Asylum just last year, in which we funnel our sleuthing abilities to catch our invaders, ending with a classic Grand Theft Auto car chase?

In GTA V, the side activities ranged from daring bank jobs to wholesome times of golf and searching for celebrities as paparazzi. The sheer popularity of meticulously planned co-op heists from GTA V surely means they’ll come back to GTA 6 in some form, and we can’t wait to see what Rockstar conjures up.

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Since we don’t know if the game even exists yet, there’s no GTA 6 trailer home footage to show off. However, we do have 4K gameplay of GTA V, which is the closest you’re going to get for now. Thankfully, Rockstar pushes technological limits with every GTA title, so we can only imagine how GTA 6 will appear.

Ok, so we don’t know much about GTA 6 – trust us, we feel just as bad as you. In the meantime, enjoy our list of the most effective sandbox games on PC above.