The success of Grand Theft Auto 5 has been both a blessing and a curse. A blessing for Rockstar, making zillions from the success of GTA Online, and for those deeply invested in that world which has continually gotten new expansions and additions. But a curse for those waiting for GTA 6, as Rockstar is now about to release GTA 5 across three different generations, cementing its massive lead as the best-selling game in history, endlessly delaying a true sequel.
Now, however, Rockstar has finally stated the obvious, they are working on the next GTA game, which we’re all calling GTA 6, but Rockstar stops short of saying number that outright.
“With the unprecedented longevity of GTAV, 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.”
This is the “catch” I’m talking about here, because I don’t know if we dog say for sure if this is going to be GTA 6 specifically, either the name or the concept. While you would think the safest play might be to just exactly replicate what they did with GTA 5, do a big single player campaign and a separate online mode, the success of GTA Online itself may end up fundamentally changing the way Rockstar makes this series going forward.
As such, I can imagine a “new entry in the Grand Theft Auto series” being a massive game that is perhaps online from the start, including for its base campaign. And not to use the “m” word, but there are less compelling metaverses than what GTA Online has become, and Rockstar may want to lean into that even further to try to get ahead of competition trying to make their own virtual worlds. As such, I could see a future that blends a traditional numbered GTA sequel and GTA Online, and who knows what that would be called (“GTA World?” “GTA Infinite?”). Just saying, it may not be “GTA 6,” exactly.
Rockstar gave no indication about when this game is actually coming out. jason schreier predicts a “fake” release date of holiday 2023 maybe being announced, but then that slips to 2024, as all huge games end up delayed at least a few times in this day and age. Regardless, GTA 5 will live on as long as it keeps selling, and Rockstar is gearing up for more additions and things like standalone GTA Online as well.
I’m not exactly sure what comes next, but I’d be a little surprised if it was just plain old GTA 6, structured exactly like 5. After all this time and this much online revenue, I think things may be shifting into new directions.
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