GTA 6: Is there a release date and where could it be set?


Since its release in 2013, Grand Theft Auto V has become one of the most successful media properties of all time. Part of that success is thanks to its many rereleases on next-generation hardware and the ongoing success of GTA Online. So it’s no wonder that fans of the series have been eagerly awaiting news on an upcoming sequel.

Well that day has finally arrived, as Rockstar Games made an official announcement on 4 February 2022 confirming the speculation: the next Grand Theft Auto is in active development.

The publisher seemed to acknowledge the uncertainty over the series’s future, since there has been a lot of focus on the success of GTAOnline. It’s been nearly a decade since we saw a brand new Grand Theft Auto game, after all.

But we have seen plenty of new content for gta online, with the recent announcement of a subscription service for PS5 and Xbox series X/S users. This would suggest that the developer will be continuing to support the live service for the foreseeable future, meaning it could be a while before the next Grand Theft Auto hits the shelves.

With that being said, the confirmation from Rockstar Games is a good indicator that we can expect to hear more news at some point in the near future. And as such, we feel confident enough to make predictions based on our expertise and what we’ve learned from previous releases.

To find out when we expect the next Grand Theft Auto to be released as well as where it could be set then keep reading the rest of the article below.

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‘GTA 6’ announcement details

In a blog post titled “Grand Theft Auto Community Update”, Rockstar revealed its plans for another GTA release: “With the unprecedented longevity of GTA V, we know many of you have been asking us about a new entry in the Grand Theft Auto series.

“With every new project we embark on, our goal is always to significantly move beyond what we have previously delivered – and we are pleased to confirm that active development for the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series is well underway.

“We look forward to sharing more as soon as we are ready, so please stay tuned to the Rockstar Newswire for official details.

“On behalf of our entire team, we thank you all for your support and cannot wait to step into the future with you!”

Where will ‘GTA 6’ be set?

Needless to say, there will be further speculation about where the next Grand Theft Auto could take place. Most previous games have taken place in fictionalized versions of large American cities such as Liberty City (New York) and more recently, Los Santos (Los Angeles).

Since GTA IV and GTA V have revisited both respectively, we think there’s a strong likelihood that we will see the next outing return to Vice City, a fictionalized depiction of Miami, Florida.

After all, we haven’t seen a new version of Vice City since 2002’s Grand Theft Auto title of the same name. The game was recently remastered in the Definitive Edition trilogy to mixed reception, but a full recreation of the Magic City from the ground up could be an interesting new direction for the series.

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London has also been a heavily rumored location for the next setting of Grand Theft Auto, and it’s not as ridiculous as some may claim. Before the series made its transition to 3D, there were two expansions released on the original game in 1997 and 1999 respectively. Our nations capital has always made its way into the rumor mill with each subsequent release and the speculation around this setting appears no different, even if the prospect of pulling a heist in a black cab/double decker bus does sound tempting.

When could we hear more about ‘GTA 6’ release date?

Rockstar Games’s parent company, Take-Two Interactive, is scheduled to hold a call with investors on 16 May 2022. While we may not hear any concrete details about a release date from this, there is a chance that projected sales over the next few financial quarters will be shared, which could indicate when the company expects the game to go on sale.

More likely though, it will be a fairly dry conference call, so don’t expect any flashy trailers to suddenly drop on the day.

Jason Schreier, a journalist from Bloomberg, has also estimated that we could expect to hear a more concrete announcement later this year with a release date set for 2023, before eventually being moved to the following year.

If we take a look at the announcement strategy and subsequent release schedule of Rockstar Games’s last major original release, Red Dead Redemption 2, it followed a similar pattern. It was first teased in October 2016 before the official announcement a day later, with a release scheduled for the second half of 2017. The game then saw two subsequent delays: firstly to early 2018 before finally being given an official release date of 26 October 2018 .

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If we hear more news about a trailer this year, such as at Summer Game Fest, then this could be a good indicator of what to expect. We’ll be sure to keep you posted once we have more concrete information about the confirmed release of the next installment.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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