Grand Theft Auto 6 is still at least three or four years away, according to Battlefield insider Tom Henderson, who suggested last week that GTA6 would not be released until 2024 or 2025. Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier has now stated that he has heard something similar.
Henderson explained that the long wait was caused by a push within developer Rockstar to improve employee welfare and avoid the levels of crunch that have plagued the company in previous releases. It’s also because Rockstar wants to release GTA6 at a time when the instal base for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S has grown significantly, Henderson added.
GTA6 is expected to be set in a modern-day Vice City, a fictional location based on Miami in the GTA universe. According to various reports, its map will grow and change over time, with updates similar to Fortnite’s map changes.
Last year, Kotaku reported that this expanding map was part of Rockstar’s attempt to reduce crunch by allowing the game to expand after launch rather than cramming everything in for GTA6’s arrival.
Rockstar’s previous game, Red Dead Redemption 2, was plagued by claims of crunch and reports of some employees working 100-hour weeks. Several employees from Rockstar’s various UK studios spoke to Eurogamer about the game’s human cost, and how the company’s Lincoln-based QA team bore a disproportionate share of the burden.
Grand Theft Auto 5, Rockstar’s most recent major GTA release, was released on September 17, 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. On November 11th, 2021, it will be released for the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.
GTA5 has sold 140 million copies since its release eight years ago. Spending on GTA Online increased by 28 percent year on year by 2020.