You are likely to be familiar with the legendary GTA series of video games if you love playing video games. GTA 5 rocked the gaming world when it was launched in 2013.
GTA 5 always managed to retain its position in the top 10 most-played games of all time. The game was a massive crowd-puller and still rocks in the gaming world.
After GTA 5, gamers are now waiting for the release of GTA 6. Actually, Rockstar Games confirmed that it’s working on GTA 6 back in February 2022, but there’s less update on the timeline after that.
GTA 6 Release Date, Maps, Characters, Leaks, and More
So, if you are a GTA lover and want the freedom to unleash your wild side in an open world environment for one more time, continue reading the guide. Below, we have discussed everything we know so far about the GTA 6.
Is GTA 6 Coming Out?
Yes, GTA 6 is supposed to release soon, as Rockstar Games officially announced it in February 2022.
Even though Rockstar Games had officially confirmed that GTA 6 is in active development, it hadn’t dropped many secrets about the game at that time.
Later in June 2022, Rockstar Games again shared an official statement to let gamers know that they are now investing all their resources towards the development of GTA VI.
GTA 6 Release Date: When is it Coming Out?
Rockstar Games, the developer of the GTA franchise, have decided to keep the development of GTA 6 secret. Until now, the company has only announced the title and said that the game is under development.
There’s no official GTA 6 release date available as of now. But, if leaks excite you, let me tell you that Chris Klippel, a popular GTA leaker, shared some information on Twitter worth paying attention to.
According to Chrish Klippel, Rockstar Games will not release GTA 6 in 2023. Instead, the game will be released towards the end of 2024. So, if this information is to be believed, we have more than one and a half years to witness the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto Series.
Une étape importante dans le développement de #GTA6 viendrait d’être atteinte. Les choses devraient s’accélérer (en interne chez Rockstar).
Je pense qu’une (vraie) annonce en fin d’année peut être envisageable. Dans tous les cas, je ne vois pas le jeu arriver avant fin 2024 ! 😊 pic.twitter.com/jDcrkxwjuo
— Chris’ Klippel (@Chris_Klippel) March 11, 2022
Another reliable source of information claims that Rockstar Games is going to reveal the game during the GTA 5 10th anniversary. Almost all reliable sources indicate that the game will be released in late 2024 or early 2025.
GTA 6 Leaks
You might have seen many gamers on social networking platforms suggesting that the game might release in May 2023 or following months. But, the game launch that early is not possible.
GTA 6 leaks started when Brian Zampella, a voice actor of Jason, uploaded a photo of himself wearing a Hawaiian tee shirt and surrounded by Palm trees on Instagram.
The post went viral in a very short period, and all GTA lovers have started to assume that the game launch is near. While the GTA 6 release is still far away, we may see a teaser very soon.
If you have been reading tech news regularly, you may already know about the GTA 6 leaks that surfaced on the web in September 2022. The leak showed many videos and screenshots of the game, which is still under development.
Are GTA 6 Leaks real?
Now you may wonder, is the GTA 6 leaks of September 2022 real? Well, there’s no one to confirm whether the leaks were real, but Rockstar Games issued a statement confirming the hack:
“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 for the next Grand Theft Auto.”
“We are extremely disappointed to have any details of our next game shared with you all in this way,”
This statement does claim that the GTA 6 leaked screenshots and videos were real, and the GTA Forums where the videos & screenshots have been shared repeatedly are scrubbed off in no time.
After September 2022, many leaked photos & videos surfaced on the web and made their way to social media websites; but the sources of those leaks were unidentified and couldn’t be trusted.
Why is GTA 6 taking so long?
GTA 6 taking its sweet time to launch is acceptable, especially considering the massive success of GTA 5 and GTA Online.
From server management to adding new features, many things are left to be done after publishing the game. And the massive demand for GTA 5 and GTA Online has kept the developer team of GTA busy all the time.
Also, don’t forget Red Dead Redemption 2, another game developed by Rockstar Games, released five years after the release of GTA 5.
GTA 6 Maps
The craze of GTA 6 release is high on social networking sites, and games have been speculating the maps.
If the leaked sources are to be trusted, we could see GTA 6’s story play out in the iconic Vice City.
GTA 6 map concept based on Vice City which is rumored to be 2x the size of GTA 5’s map. pic.twitter.com/SMHw50JsLm
— GTA 6 Trailer Countdown ⏳ (@GTAVI_Countdown) May 4, 2023
So, GTA Vice City lovers, rejoice! We are heading back to the old school days. According to the leaks, the map of GTA 6 will be of Vice City and the surrounding areas, and it could be as twice as GTA 5’s Los Santos.
You can find out more details about GTA 6’s leaked map concept in GTA 6’s Leaked Map Concept Showing It 2x of GTA 5’s Map. Another interesting thing to note is that a few rumors suggest that GTA 6’s map will evolve over time through DLC and will add new areas or modify the existing ones.
GTA 6 Gameplay
While the official GTA 6 Gameplay details are still unavailable, the leaked footage and screenshots suggest some gameplay improvements.
If the leaked gameplay footage is true, you will see improvement in the movement, driving, and combat mechanics.
The developers also seem to work on new gameplay mechanics, like the ability to carry bodies, go prone, crawling. Along with it, the leak also shows new gaming items like lockpicks, USB drives, painkillers, etc.
Another key thing that the recent leak footage highlighted is the modified AI behavior of GTA 6 Police. The leaked footage (deleted now) clearly shows the police AI will be smarter and more hostile toward the player.
GTA 6: Graphics
GTA 5 was a massive hit because of its graphics, so it’s important to know about the GTA 6 Graphics as well.
If the leaks and rumors are to be believed, Grand Theft Auto 6 will be using the updated Red Dead Redemption 2 Engine – RAGE. This one is more powerful than its counterpart, and if this leak is valid, GTA 6 will look like a game built for next-gen consoles.
The graphics will be the key highlight of the game, but there’s less valid information available now. But, one thing is sure, GTA VI will have jaw-dropping graphics and will play a significant role in the success of the game.
GTA 6: Characters
Currently, there are 16 GTA games released by Rockstar Games, but only two have playable female characters.
Apart from the first two GTA games in the franchise, all others have male lead characters. However, there’s a twist with GTA 6 – it will have a female character named Lucia, who will be accompanied by a male lead named Jason.
We have discussed the female character Lucia in detail in one of our articles – GTA 6: Female Character Lucia’s 3D Models Showed Her First Look. Followed by the leaks, a character artist named Hossin Diba also created an accurate description of the female protagonist in images & videos.
So, the game will have two lead characters who will likely progress together through the storyline. Leaked footage that surfaced a few months ago also shows a faster-switching system between the two characters.
Will GTA 6 Have Multiplayer Online Mode?
GTA 6 is not yet released, nor have the developers talked about its release date, but gamers worldwide are making predictions on Whether GTA 6 will have an online mode.
GTA Online, which is based on GTA V, is a massive hit, and considering its massive success GTA 6 Online is likely to make it a reality.
Recently, Tez2, a Rockstar insider, dropped some secrets on what the developers are planning for GTA 6 and its online mode. According to the information, GTA 6 Online will have a 30-players lobby.
Also, the official website of Rockstar Games has posted job openings for Online Gameplay, but that could also mean new or modified content for GTA 5 Online. So, it remains to see whether GTA 6 will have an online multiplayer mode.
GTA 6 Supported Platforms
If you are a PC user, this section might disappoint you. The upcoming GTA 6 will only be available to the Playstation 5 and Microsoft Xbox Series X and S.
It will also rule out the older generation consoles like PlayStation 4. As far as the PC release, the developers will follow the same pattern as GTA 5.
Like GTA 5, which was released on consoles in 2013 and later on for PC, the developers will also port the game to PC users.
So, if you are a PC user, you may have to wait until late 2025 or early 2026 to play this game. If you can’t wait, consider purchasing Playstation 5 or Xbox Series X/S.
So, that’s all we have for you regarding the GTA 6 Release date. We have also shared what we know so far about the GTA 6 official announcements, characters, maps, leaks, rumors, and every other thing.
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