We’ve learned Rockstar Games has confirmed Grand Theft Auto 6 is currently in development. The account posted a two-tweet thread stating that the company’s goal with each new title in the Grand Theft Auto franchise is to “Significantly move beyond what we’ve previous delivered,” and that they “look forward to sharing more as soon as we are ready.”
Objectively speaking, Grand Theft Auto is one of the most popular and controversial franchises in the video game industry. When the last title in the series, Grand Theft Auto V, reached a billion dollars in sales after only three days, it was declared the fastest-selling entertainment product ever. Rockstar Games continued to support this title with ports to three console generations and continual updates to the companion game Grand Theft Auto Online, even after the release of Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online.
In this context, announcing a new entry in the ludicrously influential series is a big deal, especially considering the company’s social media statements about moving beyond their previous games. It won’t be easy to top Grand Theft Auto V in terms of graphics, story, mechanics, or online functionality after over a decade of development and post-launch support. There’s always the possibility that Grand Theft Auto VI will surpass its predecessors in terms of controversy— although it will be equally tough to top minigames simulating waterboarding and sex.
While the news that Grand Theft Auto 6 is currently in development will certainly excite some, further details are scant and all that fans can do is speculate based on rumors and leaks. My best guess is that the next game will take place in Vice City and have several jokes about NFTs, as well as a reference to crunch culture.