Grand Theft Auto V was one of the greatest events in gaming history, with the game itself raking in billions of dollars in sales alone, when it surfaced 5 years ago. Rockstar Games’ critically acclaimed venture quickly acquired a massive fan-base and became one of the best-selling games of all time. So, after 11 stand-alone titles and four expansion packs, when Rockstar announced GTA Online, diehard fans of the series were already desperate for information regarding GTA 6.
With the massive success of Red Dead Redemption 2 which came out on October 26th, Rockstar Games seem to have set their sights on continuing the GTA franchise, with the next installment codenamed “Project Americas.”
According to a source, GTA VI is likely to be set in Vice City, a fictional version of South Florida, which fans of the series are already familiar. Some rumors also suggest that the map could cover the entirety of the United States. On the other hand, Rockstar Games sources indicate that London is the only non-US location to be whispered as a potential GTA setting. Whatever the map turns out to be, one thing is for sure; it is going to absolutely enormous.
Even though there are no concrete reports yet, Rockstar co-founder and lead writer Dan Houser said in an interview with The Guardian back in 2013 –
“In the future, could we do a game with a female lead? Of course. We just haven’t found the right game for it yet, but it’s one of the things that we always think about.”
Rumors of a female protagonist are super exciting, but there’s more. Leading Rockstar’s list for playing said hero is Hollywood actress Eva Mendez. Fans have long hoped for a female lead in a Grand Theft Auto game, and it would be a wonderful change from all the ‘fridged’ characters we’ve seen so far. There’s a lot of speculation about whether there will be one main character, multiple characters like we saw in GTA V or even options to play as a cop or a criminal. Unfortunately, we won’t know anything for certain until an official game announcement is made.
Another GTA VI prediction involved full support for virtual reality and based on multiple sources; you may be able to play the entirety of GTA VI in VR. However, we think that fast-paced and action-packed sequences in long sessions would be quite testing on most stomachs when played in VR (at least in its present form). Unless we come across significant improvements in VR technology that makes playing games much more comfortable for longer durations, the possibilities of VR used with titles like GTA are quite low.
Specific VR headsets have not been mentioned, but since this is based entirely on speculation, we decided it is better to wait for more concrete details rather than pursuing the prospect of Grand Theft Auto in VR.
In a recent interview with GQ, Dan Houser curbed the dream of GTA VI arriving early by saying he was “thankful” not to be releasing the next GTA title in the time of Donald Trump. The current political climate in the US, thus, seems to be a significant factor in deciding the release of GTA VI. Some reports suggest that fans might have to wait until 2020 before seeing another Grand Theft Auto. What we do know, however, is that ideas are being thrown around for development, even if it’s just in the early stages.
With no comment from Rockstar, these rumors remain nothing more than, well, rumors.Thus, without any official confirmation, all the details mentioned above should be taken with a pinch of salt.