Grand Theft Auto 6 is almost certainly Rockstar's next big game

A recent interview with Rockstar employees revealed that Grand Theft Auto 6 is seemingly what Rockstar is working on next.

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There have been a lot of rumors about whether or not Rockstar was working on Grand Theft Auto 6 or something else in their catalogue. Several accounts have spoke to the possibility of a new GTA or perhaps Bully or something else, but a recent chat with Rockstar employees pretty much confirmed that Rockstar is definitely in active development on something and it’s likely Grand Theft Auto 6.

On April 15, 2020, Kotaku posted an article looking at cultural changes going on within Rockstar’s studios and offices. The article went deep into crunch, burnout, and the community and mood at Rockstar, including chatter with Rockstar employees. Notably this article also mentioned in a section without any reservation that Rockstar is working on a new Grand Theft Auto game.

“One plan that management has laid out for the next game, a new entry in the Grand Theft Auto series, is to start out with a moderately sized release (which, by Rockstar’s standards, would still be a large game) that is then expanded with regular updates over time, which may help mitigate stress and crunch,” Jason Schreier wrote.

If Grand Theft Auto 6 is indeed in the works, it will be the first entry in the series that Dan Houser hasn't been at the helm on writing since his recent departure from Rockstar.
If Grand Theft Auto 6 is indeed in the works, it will be the first entry in the series that Dan Houser hasn't been at the helm on writing since his recent departure from Rockstar.

This is notable considering one of the last times we heard GTA 6 was in early development was back in 2016. Since then, there have been teases about what the next Rockstar project would be (of which some thought Bully 2), and since then, lead writer Dan Houser has left the Rockstar team. Although no formal announcement has been made on Rockstar’s end, Kotaku alleges that Grand Theft Auto 6 is most certainly where the studio is headed next.

That said, without any formal announcement as of yet, things are still up in the air. Based on what was written, Rockstar is certainly in a state of restructure and re-focus around key departures like Houser, but if Kotaku is right and GTA6 is definitely next up on the Rockstar slate, then it’s very possible we might be hearing more about it soon. Hopefully, anyways. Stay tuned to Shacknews as we await further information and details on the much anticipated matter of Grand Theft Auto 6.

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From The Chatty
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    April 15, 2020 11:23 AM

    TJ Denzer posted a new article, Grand Theft Auto 6 is almost certainly Rockstar's next big game

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      April 15, 2020 12:39 PM

      in other news, water is wet.

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      April 15, 2020 12:45 PM

      “One plan that management has laid out for the next game, a new entry in the Grand Theft Auto series, is to start out with a moderately sized release (which, by Rockstar’s standards, would still be a large game) that is then expanded with regular updates over time, which may help mitigate stress and crunch,”

      I hope that means DLC for the base game, and not some multiplayer bullshit.

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        April 15, 2020 1:16 PM

        Unfinished/early access in the guise of a final release, then put out paid DLC so you can finish the game, profit!

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          April 15, 2020 2:25 PM

          I'm honestly fine with that, as long as it's worthwhile SP content coming at a regular pace and not just MP stuff I don't care about.

          The base games really don't need to be 60+ hours long. I

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        April 15, 2020 2:08 PM

        The narrator: It was the multiplayer bullshit.

      • Zek legacy 10 years
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        April 15, 2020 2:14 PM

        GTA5's "multiplayer bullshit" is outrageously successful to this day.

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          April 15, 2020 2:16 PM

          It’s a money maker, just like fortnite, that doesn’t mean it’s not garbage

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            April 15, 2020 5:31 PM

            My brother still plays it daily, but if I join him it's only for the crazy race course since they can be fun and remind of San Andreas multiplayer with Something Awful goons back in the day and all the crazy tracks back then, the open world MP stuff is a mess and fuck that.

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            April 15, 2020 8:43 PM

            It’s more of a game than fortnight.

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