It’s crazy to think we’re approaching GTA V’s ninth birthday. The conquering open-world game that has seen a release on three different generations of consoles and is still being updated with new content simply won’t die. Thanks to its multiplayer suite, GTA Online, the sequel has performed better than anyone could have dreamed of, and regularly ranks in the top 10 best-selling games of the month lists.
With the title being so pervasive and popular in the culture, it can be easy to forget that, yes, Grand Theft Auto VI will hit shelves someday. As a follow-up to the second best-selling game of all time, GTA VI has been plagued by a lack of leaks over the years, with some sources claiming it’s a Narcos-inspired cartel crime-fighting game, while others teased a continent-long sandbox extravaganza.
While the authenticity of these leaks has always been in question, the most reliable GTA VI information to date was recently revealed in a Bloomberg report by celebrity journalist Jason Schreyer. While the report – which itself was corroborated by a 2018 leak from Inside Gaming on ‘Project Americas’ – has primarily lifted the curtain on developer Rockstar’s shift to its work culture, it also provided exciting gameplay and release date tales about the upcoming GTA, which has been appearing since Then it was expanded by other reliable journalists.
So here’s what to expect from Grand Theft Auto VI!
One of the main modifications from the original stadium was to reduce the scope of the game map. Stephen Totilo, gaming journalist at Axios (via Eurogamer) revealed that initially the sequel was set to be bigger than ever, featuring four playable characters and a story that would take fans across three different American cities. This was alluded to in a Bloomberg report as well, which detailed the game’s initial vision, had it contained a map consisting of “large swaths of North and South America”. This is also corroborated by the 2018 Inside Gaming report which leaked that South America will be explorable in the title.
While that sounds baffling — and the kind of ambition that would justify a decade of development time — Rockstar has since cut things short. Creating just one intricately detailed sandbox takes years of hard work, and just three of them could have resulted in a longer wait for GTA VI.