Grand Theft Auto 5 is one of the greatest selling games of all time, thanks largely to launching on every platform under the sun and also huge, on-going support for GTA Online. Arriving on PC also brought a wave of GTA 5 mods. This popularity inevitably means there are huge expectations for its sequel, something we will undoubtedly see emerge from Rockstar Games in the coming years.
However, with Red Dead Redemption 2 set to launch for PS4 and Xbox One this October, it’s clear Rockstar’s attention is focused on the Old West for now.
But that doesn’t stop us at Trusted Reviews from getting hyped up for GTA 6. We’ve compiled all the latest news, rumours and even our own wishlist of potential features for the sequel.
GTA 6 Release Date – When is it coming out?
We currently have no details on when GTA 6 will release, and with Red Dead Redemption 2 launching in 2018 it won’t be for at least another year, most likely much longer.
It’s a pipedream at this point, but a teaser of some sort at E3 2018 is something we’d love to see. Even if it’s nothing but a musical cue and a logo.
GTA 6 News – What’s being said about it?
The first official whiff of information about GTA 6 came from Rockstar President Leslie Benzies, who teased that the game is in very early stages of development.
“We don’t know what GTA 6 will be, but we’ve got some ideas”, said Benzies in an interview with Develop.
Although it’s far from concrete confirmation of what development stage the game is at, Benzies did give us a few insights into how the idea process starts.
“It comes from the idea first. Where it is going to be set is the first question. Then that defines the missions; you’re doing different things in LA than in New York or Miami. The map and story get worked up together, and the story is a basic flow of how it works out so you can layer the mission in.”
It’s also worth remembering that by the end of GTA 4’s lifecycle, Rockstar had already conceived some broad ideas about what GTA 5 would be. The game started life around 5 years ago but was only in full production for three of those.
“We’ve got about 45 years’ worth of ideas we want to do. GTA Online is the focus right now. There ain’t no rest between finishing 5 and then Online. Plus we have some things – stuff, DLC, I don’t know how to describe it exactly – that we’d like to do, and we’ll pick the right ones.
GTA 6 wishlist – Things we’d love to see
A strong female protagonist
Every single GTA game has had a strong male protagonist, whether it’s the trio Franklin, Trevor and Michael from GTA 5, Niko from GTA 4 or good old Carl “CJ” Johnson from GTA San Andreas.
It’s about time Rockstar Games showed how well it can deal with introducing a strong female character to that line-up, even as part of a multi-protagonist system like GTA 5.
We’ve not had a single strong female supporting character since Catalina in GTA 3, either.
Rockstar has been criticised in the past for a sexist attitude towards the female characters in its games, thanks to its penchant for prostitutes and strip clubs. What better way to prove the naysayers wrong than to introduce a female lead?
A fresh location
One of the top things on the GTA 6 wishlist is a brand-new location. So far, the GTA series has explored three key areas: Vice City, Liberty City, and San Andreas. We’ve also dabbled in London and Alderney in some more minor GTA titles.
Despite there being 15 or so GTA titles, that’s a pretty narrow location circle for the games.
Therefore, we think it’ll be refreshing to explore a new city in GTA 6. Imagine a GTA game set in Chicago, Philadelphia, New Orleans or even Washington DC.
Improved vehicle variation
Although GTA 5 brought back bicycles, we’d like GTA 6 to branch out on the vehicle variation available. If the series continues to go down the San Andreas path, wouldn’t it be appropriate for GTA 6 to introduce rollerblades and skateboards with which to traverse the boulevards?
Better shops, more houses, and a diverse city
GTA 5’s San Andreas is certainly vast – bigger in scale than the last three GTA games and Red Dead Redemption combined, in fact. However, bigger doesn’t necessarily mean more interactive.
While driving through San Andreas’ seemingly unceasing terrain, you quickly realise that there isn’t much to do outside of missions, side quests or the Strangers and Freaks meetings.
Yes, there are a few stalls on Vespucci Beach and a variety of smaller stores if you stray off the pavement, but we’d really appreciate heightened interaction with the stores, houses, and buildings within the new world.
First-person option from the off
GTA 5 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC introduced an optional First Person Shooter (FPS) mode for the game. It’s a great way to have a really immersive GTA experience and it’s impressive that Rockstar has implemented it in such a way that it’s possible to play through the whole game in the first person.
It certainly changes up the combat system and driving sections of GTA 5, but we realise it isn’t perhaps the best way to enjoy the game from start to finish.
Although it might not be for everyone, the FPS option should definitely be available to everyone from the off. Then you can decide how you play the game and customise your viewing angle to your particular playing style.
Console and PC launch simultaneously
This goes without saying really, but we would love a simultaneous console and PC release for the next GTA game. We’re fed up with waiting for the PC port to drop – the GTA 5 PC edition still hasn’t arrived, with the wait time now well over a year from the original release.
The addition of a first-person perspective in GTA 5 added a poignant layer of realism to the experience, so imagine this in virtual reality. Such a feature might prove controversial, but it would certainly feel like a substantial stepping stone for a medium still in its infancy. Exploring an expansive open world without restrictions in VR would be simply mind-blowing, and we’d love to see Rockstar take a stab at it.