Get Ready: GTA 6 Announcement This Week, Trailer Reveal in December
Publisher Rockstar Games is reportedly gearing up to announce the highly-anticipated Grand Theft Auto 6 (GTA 6) this week, according to reports. As outlined by Bloomberg, the upcoming installment in the GTA series is also expected to debut a trailer next month, coinciding with Rockstar's 25th-anniversary celebration. While not explicitly confirmed, it is likely that this footage will be revealed during The Game Awards on December 7, the same event where the anticipated Elden Ring DLC, Shadow of the Erdtree, is poised to receive a release date.
Rockstar Games has remained tight-lipped about the game, only mentioning that it is in development. A May earnings report from Rockstar's parent company, Take-Two Interactive, suggested a launch window within fiscal year 2025.
Despite several past leaks about GTA 6 being false, the Bloomberg report asserts that multiple reliable sources have corroborated the impending announcement of the game. In September of the previous year, Rockstar Games faced a significant setback when over 90 clips of in-development gameplay footage for GTA 6 leaked online, revealing two playable protagonists—a man and a woman—engaged in a diner heist. This aligns with earlier leaks hinting at the inclusion of the franchise's first female lead, in a storyline inspired by the infamous bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde. This change is seen as part of Rockstar's effort to move away from its previous portrayal of women as sex objects or nagging individuals, as well as an attempt to address its "frat-boy culture."
It is also expected that GTA 6 will be set in a contemporary version of Vice City, with the return of the fictional social media platform, Life Invader.
Take-Two's CEO, Strauss Zelnick, subsequently described the leak as an "emotional matter" that did not have any impact on the company's business. The company has set ambitious financial goals, aiming to generate over $8 billion through fiscal years 2025 and 2026, with the launch of "several groundbreaking titles," including the long-anticipated GTA 6.
Expectations for the game have skyrocketed in recent years, with eager fans analyzing every possible clue. Some mistakenly interpreted a Red Dead Online update as a teaser, while others believed that Rockstar's major announcements were usually reserved for October. Thus far, no official release details for GTA 6 have been confirmed, and Rockstar has been focused on keeping its GTA Online community engaged with in-game events. As of the current moment, GTA V has sold over 185 million copies.
In August, Rockstar finally ported Red Dead Redemption 1 to PS4, PS5, and the Nintendo Switch, although the port faced criticism for lacking 60fps support and bearing a $50 price tag. Subsequently, support for higher framerate was added to the PS5 version, while Xbox players were left with the base 30fps version through backward compatibility. Take-Two's upcoming lineup includes a new Mafia game from Hangar 13, a new BioShock title, and a punkish shooter called Judas by Ken Levine, the creator of BioShock.
GTA 6 is expected to be released initially on PS5 and Xbox Series S/X, with a PC release planned for a later date, in line with Rockstar's customary release strategy.