Given this, it might not be too surprising to learn that the game is apparently the only one Rockstar will deliver on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles. This is according to leaker AccountNGT, who has claimed on Twitter that they believe GTA VI is the only game Rockstar will release this generation.
With that said, it is worth noting that Red Dead Redemption 2 was the only brand-new game Rockstar launched on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One if we don’t count remasters. Considering that, it’s not a huge stretch to assume that a game as ambitious as GTA VI would be the PS5/Xbox Series generation’s only Rockstar release. Hell, It’s not like the company would need to launch anything else ever again to make money, after GTA VI, right?
It’s tough to tell when we’ll get our first glimpse at the next game in the classic series or what it will look like. Whispers on the wind say that it will return to Vice City, either in the present day or in the ‘80s, and that it will feature its first female protagonist. One notorious industry insider expects that Grand Theft Auto VI will arrive in 2025, which was surprising, before we got a scoop that the development of the game has been a shambles.
‘GTA 6’ Won’t Be As Edgy As Previous Games, Rockstar Co-Founder Believes
Jamie King, one of the founders of Rockstar Games alongside Sam Houser, Dan Houser and Terry Donovan, has shared his thoughts on how the Grand Theft Auto games will change owing to the different directions that the studio has taken in recent years. After all of the clamouring for modern remasters of GTA III, Vice City, and San Andreas, it’s a shame that the Definitive Edition left a lot to be desired. Rockstar Games is addressing the numerous issues in the trio of titles though they are racing against modders who’ve taken matters into their own hands. Still, amongst this torrent of annoyance from fans who hoped that the remasters would tide them over until the release of Grand Theft Auto VI, players reckon there is a nod to the next game in the photographs at the Lil Probe Inn.
According to recent insider rumors, Grand Theft Auto VI is the only Rockstar game that will be released with this generation of consoles. As of right now, we haven’t heard anything official from Rockstar Games about the long-awaited GTA VI. According to various sources, the game is in development, but when Rockstar plans to announce and distribute the game is presently unknown. Tom Henderson, a well-known Battlefield leaker, reportedly suggested that GTA VI might not be released until 2025. Others have claimed that development is a “shambles” and that the game’s development has been restarted several times.
Take this with a massive pinch of salt, of course. There’s every chance that Rockstar is cooking up projects that AccountNGT doesn’t even know about, for one thing. There are also the recent rumors that Rockstar recently restarted development on Bully 2, implying that we might get at least two games from the developer this generation.
Well, while we add these tidbits to the pile of what we do and don’t know about the future of Grand Theft Auto, an interview with one of the founders of Rockstar Games might offer some more concrete insight to the next entry. In an interview with Killaz, a Grand Theft Auto-centric YouTube channel, Jamie King shed a little light on what he imagines the next game to be like in terms of tone.
“It’s the same engine, right, that I worked on when I was there, the core of it. It’s the same content,” said King of the plausible experience of playing the new game. “They’ve really perfected the systems so I’d be surprised if, like, gameplay mechanics really got affected.” King also added that the support that Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online lends the studio means that the teams aren’t in a rush to reveal the next game.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if the tone starts changing, and if it’s maybe not quite as edgy or quite as funny. I just think that maybe there’s more opportunity for them to do something cheesy because they never do,” continued King. “And maybe not, right? Again, there’s a beautiful machine there that you’d have to try really hard to f*ck up. I just look at the success of [Grand Theft Auto] V Online, and [Red Dead] Redemption 2, and I’m like, ‘They’re just gonna be fine, period.’ But, you know, I think culturally, internally, both at North and New York missing Leslie and Dan, yeah there’s a difference for sure.” Grand Theft Auto producer Leslie Benzies and writer and producer Dan Houser left in 2014 and 2020, respectively. Recently, Houser has started his own studio called Absurd Ventures in Games, though we aren’t too sure what the company comprises.