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GTA VI Launch Timeline

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We take a look at all of the events along the way from GTA VI's first mention to the latest official news from Rockstar Games and Take-Two.

  • GTA VI Development Starts

    2014

    An article posted by Bloomberg in 2022 (see below) confirms development began on the game in 2014, a year or so after the release of GTA V, although a shake up of the working conditions and a number of high profile resignations meant that the development plan would change constantly over the following years.

    Bloomberg News: Grand Theft Auto will have female main character for first time

    Industry analysts anticipate that the next Grand Theft Auto will be out sometime in Take-Two’s 2024 fiscal year, which runs from April 2023 through March 2024, but developers are skeptical. The game has been in development in some form since 2014. Although there are loose schedules in place, people interviewed for this article said they didn’t know of any firm release date and that they expect the game to be at least two years away. Earlier this year, a group of designers quit Rockstar’s Edinburgh office, telling colleagues they were sick of the lack of progress.

  • Rockstar Games Confirm New GTA Development "Well Underway"

    February 4, 2022

    Rockstar Games added a short paragraph to the end of a Grand Theft Auto Community Update on their official Newswire explaining that they are actively working on a new game in the series.

    Rockstar Games Newswire: Grand Theft Auto Community Update

    What's Next

    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.

    On behalf of our entire team, we thank you all for your support and cannot wait to step into the future with you!

    - Rockstar Games

    rockstar games confirm new gta is in development
  • Bloomberg Article Reveals Female Protagonist & Miami Setting

    July 27, 2022

    Bloomberg posted an article which reveals GTA 6 will feature a playable female protagonist for the first time ever. Additionally, they speculate the game will not release until at least 2024 and the map, based on Miami, will be updated over time with new missions and cities.

    Bloomberg News: Grand Theft Auto will have female main character for first time

    After a public controversy four years ago, Rockstar, the maker of Grand Theft Auto, is reinventing itself as a kinder, gentler company. But employees aren’t sure it can still produce the chart-topping caliber of game the studio has become known for.

    The development of Grand Theft Auto VI has been slower than impatient fans and even longtime employees have expected, despite morale across the company being higher than ever, according to many staffers. Between the company’s new direction and the 2019 departure of Dan Houser, who led creative direction on many previous games, all indications suggest Grand Theft Auto VI will feel very different than its predecessor.

    Here’s what we know.

    There will be a female protagonist

    The game will feature a playable female protagonist for the first time, according to people familiar with the matter. The woman is Latina and will be one of a pair of leading characters in a story influenced by the bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde. Developers are also being cautious not to “punch down” by making jokes about marginalized groups, the people said, in contrast with previous Grand Theft Auto games.

    The game’s release is likely two years away

    Industry analysts anticipate that the next Grand Theft Auto will be out sometime in Take-Two’s 2024 fiscal year, which runs from April 2023 through March 2024, but developers are skeptical. The game has been in development in some form since 2014. Although there are loose schedules in place, people interviewed for this article said they didn’t know of any firm release date and that they expect the game to be at least two years away. Earlier this year, a group of designers quit Rockstar’s Edinburgh office, telling colleagues they were sick of the lack of progress.

    Rockstar wanted to include large portions of North and South America but had to be reeled in

    Original plans for the title, which is code-named Project Americas, were for it to be bigger than any Grand Theft Auto game to date. Early designs called for the inclusion of territories modeled after large swaths of North and South America, according to people familiar with the plans.

    The new map is a fictionalized Miami but will update over time

    The game’s new map is now focused on a fictional version of Miami and its surrounding areas. Rockstar’s plan is to continually update the game over time, adding new missions and cities on a regular basis, which leadership hopes will lead to less crunch during the game’s final months.

  • Take Two Interactive Reaffirm New GTA In Development

    August 8, 2022

    In their 'Q1 2023 Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Earnings Conference Call', it was again made clear that a new Grand Theft Auto game is in development and that Rockstar Games are determined to continue to set creative benchmarks.

    Take Two Interactive - Earnings Conference Call

    Sales of Grand Theft Auto V also remained strong, and to date, the title has sold-in nearly 170 million units. With development of the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series well underway, the Rockstar Games team is determined to once again set creative benchmarks for the series, our industry, and for all entertainment, just as the label has done with every one of their frontline releases.

  • Early Development Footage Leaks

    September 18, 2022

    A large number of GTA VI development videos were obtained by a hacker which show off some of the new features being tested. Included in this was confirmation that there are at least two playable characters, a Caucasian male named Jason and a Latina female named Lucia. The videos also confirm the Vice City (Miami based) setting and that robberies will play a part in the game.

    Jason Schreier Gta Vi Leak

  • Rockstar Confirm Security Breach

    September 19, 2022

    Rockstar Games posted a statement on Twitter acknowledging the recent leak of development footage, confirming it was true and explaining to fans that development would continue and they would release more information about the new Grand Theft Auto game when they were ready.

    Rockstar Games on Twitter

    We recently suffered a network intrusion in which an unauthorized third party illegally accessed and downloaded confidential information from our systems, including early development footage of the next Grand Theft Auto. At this time, we do not anticipate any disruption to our live game services nor any long-term effect on the development of our ongoing projects.

    We are extremely disappointed to have any details of our next game shared with you all in this way. Our work on the next Grand Theft Auto game will continue as planned and we remain as committed as ever to delivering the experience to you, our players, that truly exceeds your expectations. We will update everyone again soon and, of course, will properly introduce you to the next game when it is ready. We want to thank everyone for their ongoing support through this situation.

    Rockstar GTA VI Leak Official Statement
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