While GTA V continues to work well, a video game specialist considers that GTA VI will not be available before 2024 or even 2025. Indeed, according to the analysis carried out by Tom Henderson (source in English), the development of the new opus of the saga would be delayed for several reasons, suggesting that the title would not be released before the second part of the cycle of next-gen consoles (PS5 and Xbox Series X).
GTA VI available in 2025?
So, while fans have been waiting for almost ten years for a sequel to GTA V (available since 2013 on console), Rockstar seems to be taking its time. While we estimated a release date for 2023 or even 2024 some time ago, Tom Henderson considers that the game will not be released before the end of 2024 at the earliest. Worse, the new GTA might not be available until 2025…
There are several reasons for this discrepancy between the release of GTA V and GTA VI. First of all, the release of next-gen consoles has caused many studios to postpone the release date of their flagship titles due to the shortage of these consoles. If the games are planned specifically for the PS5 and XBox Series X, the studios must ensure that enough players have these consoles before releasing a game that has cost hundreds of millions of dollars to develop…
In addition, Rockstar has always wanted to push the boundaries of the possible and it seems that GTA VI is not spared from this delusion of grandeur. For once, the little information we have on the game suggests that the studio is using new technologies to make its next title even more realistic and complete. Therefore, this development necessarily takes longer, especially since two other elements have slowed down the process.
The covid crisis has inevitably had an impact on the development process which, although still at an early stage, had to be slowed down or even put on hold for a while. But the second element to take into account is the change in work policy at Rockstar. The studio was heavily criticized upon the release of Red Dead Redemption 2 for its management of staff, who had to work evenings and weekends during the final phase of development. Thus, the teams have changed their working method, lengthening the process even more, from its first phases.
Significant advertising spending in 2023 for the group
However, several elements suggested that GTA VI would be released in 2024 instead. Indeed, the Take Two financial report anticipates significant advertising expenditure during the fiscal year 2024 (from April 2023 to March 2024), a peak never seen in the group since the release of Red Dead Redemption 2 on consoles… So, many analysts believe that this figure relates to another huge release from the group: the new GTA VI.
A remaster of GTA III or San Andreas ahead of the GTA VI sortie?
Rockstar Games could delay the release of GTA VI a little with the release of a remastered opus of previous adventures, a way to keep fans of the series waiting. A game like GTA III could totally benefit from such work, creating a transition phase between the release of V and VI.
Here is the latest information about a GTA VI release around 2024 or 2025. You can follow the latest rumors about the game from Rockstar Games at w88s.vip.