GTA 6 targets late 2025 release date, as Take-Two narrows launch window

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Grand Theft Auto VI is officially targeting a late 2025 release, as Rockstar’s parent company Take-Two Interactive narrowed the GTA 6 launch window in their Q4 2024 earnings report.

“Our outlook reflects a narrowing of Rockstar Games’ previously established window of Calendar 2025 to Fall of Calendar 2025 for Grand Theft Auto VI,” Take-Two Chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick wrote in the report. “We are highly confident that Rockstar Games will deliver an unparalleled entertainment experience, and our expectations for the commercial impact of the title continue to increase.”

GTA 6 was unveiled with a fantastic looking announcement trailer at the end of last year, with Rockstar at that time pinning the game’s release for 2025. The rumour mill got spinning at that point, with reports suggesting that Rockstar was aiming for an early 2025 release. We don’t know if that was the actual target and things have slipped, or if late 2025 was always the internal goal, but either way, we now know to expect the long-awaited sequel toward the end of next year.

Grand Theft Auto VI takes us all back to Vice City for another crime story. The trailer introduces us to Lucia, the series’ first female protagonist, as well an as-yet-unnamed male counterpart. Lucia seemingly starts off the game getting out of prison after a bit of “bad luck”.

It’s clearly a modern day setting in the fictionalised state of Leonida, with a handful of things like social media shown in the trailer, but that won’t stop there being plenty of iconic classic cars and inspirations from the breadth of American culture in the South East of the country and Florida in particular. From packed beaches to going across the swamps on hover craft, and partying at the tops of skyscrapers, there’s also jokes thrown into the trailer about battling crocodiles in back garden swimming pools, “Floridaman” antics – Leonidaman in the game – and plenty more.

All of this should be reassuring to Take-Two’s investors, especially after the company announced and enacted a sweeping layoffs and cost reduction programme. Investors love when companies cut jobs, but what they’re really waiting for is GTA 6 and the next iteration of GTA Online, and it’s a nice fillip when there’s been a slight 3% decline in Net Bookings.

GTA 5, by the way, has now sold a simply astonishing 200 million copies.

Source: Take-Two

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