Reports have emerged that Grand Theft Auto 6 is still several years away from release, planned to come out in 2024 or 2025, but with suitably ambitious goals for its game design. GTA6 will feature an expanding game map set in modern day Vice City.
The new reports has come from insider Tom Henderson, whose track record includes leaking details of Battlefield 2042, and has since been corroborated by Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier – who said simply “everything Tom Henderson has said about the game matches up with what I’ve heard” – and Video Game Chronicle’s sources.
While Schreir had previously reported that 2023 could be a realistic release window, that was “before we entered a pandemic that still hasn’t stopped”, and with Rockstar wary of the criticism it received around Red Dead Redemption 2’s release for excessive crunch time development.
Following on from Schreier’s previous reporting in April 2020, further details have been emphasised, that the game would be launched with a rendition of a modern day Vice City that will change and expand over time, with new areas added after release. This would tap into the kind of post launch support that we see used so successfully by games like Fortnite, where the game map is overhauled every few months.
Grand Theft Auto V has already given players a little taste of what this might look like, both through the regular events and added content and features brought to Grand Theft Auto Online, as well as the Cayo Perico Heist which was added at the end of 2020, introducing a new map that you could travel to. GTA6 would presumably be able to render those world changes on the main map of Vice City, where GTA5 has remained static.
A distant release date for GTA6 also gives more relevance to the release of GTA5 on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, bringing GTA Online to the new consoles with a native release of the game that can add higher resolution and higher frame rate support, as well as other new features. It would mean that there’s three or four more years where GTA Online can continue to thrive before its superseded.