We’ve all hoped as a lot for years, however it’s official now – GTA 6 is an actual sport. It’s in improvement, and it’s coming (moderately) quickly.

That is the largest videogame franchise on Earth we’re speaking about, so it doesn’t take a lot to generate hype. Rockstar might have tweeted out an image of a quantity ‘6’ drawn in a greasy fingerprint on the again of a unclean van and the web nonetheless would have gone completely apoplectic. It simply occurs that the GTA developer opted to drop an precise trailer to announce GTA 6 as a substitute.

We pored over the main points in our GTA trailer evaluation piece when it first landed, however as you’ll be able to see there’s loads to drink in right here. We’ve bought a setting: a return to Vice Metropolis the place Tommy Vercetti’s ‘80s pastiche befell again in 2002. We’ve bought lots of Florida Man cultural references. We’ve bought a launch date, a central character, and many extra to over-analyse earlier than Rockstar throws us one other bone.

When’s the GTA 6 launch date?

You must in all probability be sitting for this: it’s not out for one more two years.

Presently the discharge date is just ‘2025’. If you wish to begin pinning bits of purple string to corkboards about it, Rockstar typically tends to launch video games within the again half of the 12 months – Purple Useless Redemption 2 was launched in October 2018, and GTA V got here out in September 2013. That’s hardly grounds to begin reserving your annual depart in Q3/4 2025 fairly but, however it’s the most effective clue we’ve bought as to precisely the place within the calendar 12 months GTA 6’s launch may fall.

How a lot do we all know concerning the world map?

Properly, we all know it’s Vice Metropolis. Nevertheless, it’s extraordinarily unlikely that Rockstar will whack some 2025-grade textures over the identical metropolis format that featured in 2002’s GTA: Vice Metropolis and clock off early for the day.

Whereas Vice Metropolis’s first look in 3D period GTA was about parodying Miami Vice, Scarface, and Eighties extra, right here it seems to be extra of a panorama for Rockstar to discover ‘Florida Man’ tradition, the often-memed phenomenon of weird crimes and happenings from the Sunshine State that the media likes to cowl in as salacious a kind as attainable. It’s very current day, in different phrases.

As for the format and dimension of the map itself, the trailer confirmed us everglades and different pure vistas so we’re anticipating a substantial space to roam outdoors metropolis limits. GTA V gave us precisely that with Blaine County, so there’s no cause to anticipate GTA 6’s map could be smaller.

Who will we be enjoying as?

The rumours within the run-up to this announcement had been that GTA would centre round a Bonnie and Clyde story of kinds. Two lawbreaking lovers, on the run from the authorities, elevating hell wherever they go after which having a kiss and a cuddle to wind down afterwards.

The reveal trailer doesn’t outright verify that idea, however it does trace at it. We’re launched to Lucia, who’s chatting with her parole officer within the Vice Metropolis clink. We see clips of her robbing comfort shops with a masked confederate and making off with their ill-gotten features collectively in a getaway automobile. Is it her lover? Based mostly on completely nothing, we’re saying positively, concretely, incontrovertibly, sure it’s. Or not. Let’s wait and see on that one.

What platforms will it launch on?

In response to a press launch issued by Rockstar on the time of the reveal trailer drop, GTA 6 has been confirmed for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Collection X/S consoles.

That leaves just a few different platforms out within the chilly for now. We’ve had no phrase on whether or not it’ll be making its solution to PS4 or Xbox one, nor PC. Wanting again at how earlier Rockstar releases have approached multi-platform releases although, we’d say a PC model is all however inevitable. It may be a 12 months later, and even two, however GTA and Purple Useless titles all the time find yourself on PC.

Previous gen console variations are much less possible. Sorry.

What was all this about GTA 6 leaks?

Sadly, it’s true. Again in 2022 Rockstar launched an announcement confirming that delicate inside paperwork had been accessed and shared on-line.

“We just lately suffered a community intrusion wherein an unauthorised third occasion illegally accessed and downloaded confidential data from our methods, together with early improvement footage for the following Grand Theft Auto.

“We’re extraordinarily disillusioned to have any particulars of our subsequent sport shared with you all on this approach. We stay as dedicated as ever to delivering an expertise to you, our gamers, that actually exceeds your expectations.”

As curious as all of us are about massive upcoming video games, no one needs to see them shared in that method, fully outdoors the developer’s management. It takes a little bit of graft to make video games like GTA, in any case.

Happily, the leak was managed pretty shortly and for most individuals, the reveal trailer was their first have a look at GTA 6.

What now, then?

Now we wait. We’re anticipating to listen to significantly extra earlier than the sport comes out in 2024, together with a primary have a look at GTA 6 gameplay a while in 2024 and an introduction to the story. Will it’s a story of gun-toting outlaw lovers in any case? The trailers will inform all.

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