GTA came under fire for graphic torture scene which was seen as going too far
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Grand Theft Auto - the 18-rated game that includes first degree murder, second degree murder, drug use, weapon smuggling and of course grand theft auto - once came under fire for 'going too far'.
One thing that is not up for debate is the game's popularity as Rockstar has finally announced when we can expect the first trailer for GTA 6.
In a tweet that has been liked over 1.4 million times, Rockstar boss Sam Houser said yesterday (8 November): "In 1998, Rockstar Games was founded on the idea that video games could come to be as essential to culture as any other form of entertainment, and we hope that we have created games you love in our efforts to be part of that evolution.
"We are very excited to let you know that in early December, we will release the first trailer for the next Grand Theft Auto.
"We look forward to many more years of sharing these experiences with all of you."
Whilst GTA fans won't be able to keep still until next month, it's easy to forget that the last version of the game is already 10-years-old.
GTA 5 is the highest rated version of the game, according to IMDb, and one of the most financially successful entertainment products of all time, with about $8 billion in worldwide revenue.
The video game follows 'three very different criminals team up for a series of heists and walk into some of the most thrilling experiences in the corrupt city of Los Santos'.
However, it wasn't all plain sailing for the developers, who were criticised for taking one scene 'way too far'.
Players of the game might remember a mission called 'By the Book' where you are commanded by the FBI to torture an alleged terrorist for information.
In order to finish the game, players are instructed to use criminal Trevor Phillips to pick between a selection of torture methods - such as sledgehammers and electric cables - to use on the victim.
If his heart stops, a shot of adrenaline restarts it.
“Rockstar North has crossed a line by effectively forcing people to take on the role of a torturer and perform a series of unspeakable acts if they want to achieve success in the game," said Freedom from Torture chief executive Keith Best in 2013.
"Torture is a reality, not a game and glamourising it in popular culture undoes the work of organisations like Freedom from Torture and survivor activists to campaign against it.
"This adds insult to injury for survivors who are left physically and mentally scarred by torture in the real world," he added.
"If Rockstar North’s message is a satirical critique of the practice of torture, it’s lost on us.”
LADbible has contacted Rockstar Games for comment.