Insider claims Rockstar is targeting the holiday of 2024 for GTA 6.
It is coming up to a decade since Grand Theft Auto 5 came out, and while the game has sold absolute gangbusters for Rockstar and even continues to sell copies, the gaming world is clamoring for the next entry. Rockstar is aware of this and has devoted its resources to the game’s development.
Noted GTA 5 insider Tez2 has suggested that Rockstar is targeting a 2024 launch for GTA 6 and that the studio is considering “cutting portions of the game” to hit this release window (via Dexerto). However, there may be still some time to wait before the game’s launch with Tez2 claiming “holiday 2024” as the likeliest schedule. But this could also slip into early 2025, the insider added.
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“Their aimed-always-changing-not-set-in-stone deadline is holiday 2024”, Tez2 said. “Which has been pushed back multiple times the past few years. Unfortunately, it could slip into early 2025 as well”.
The insider continues to say that “upper management” is not in a position to delay further to holiday 2025 or 2026. And so portions of the game could be cut to be released later on as DLC in order to head off further delays.
Here it’s worth bearing in mind that Rockstar is not an independent developer/publisher but is owned by Take-Two Interactive so the studio does have its own and its parent’s management to answer to. However, Take-Two has always been fairly hands-off with the internal practices and culture of perhaps its most prized possession.
But Tez2 claims that an official announcement for Grand Theft Auto 6 is “a given” this year.
We know the game is in a fairly developed state since widely-reported leaks showed gameplay footage last September although the level of polish players expects from Rockstar games, not to mention the weight of expectation, will mean certain standards will have to be met. Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said the leaks were an “emotional matter” for the developers in an interview last month.
The pandemic affected the development schedules of many developers, and Rockstar was no different, while the shift back to pre-pandemic working modes, with workers returning to offices, has been an issue Tez2 claimed, with the insider suggesting that Rockstar losing talent could lead to further delays GTA 6.