Rockstar Games could announce the latest game in the Grand Theft Auto series as early as this week, according to reports.
It’s definitely going to be one of the biggest video games ever released, and few games have ever driven as much speculation as Grand Theft Auto VI.
Perhaps one of the reasons that so much hype has been created is that so little is known about the game.
We know that it will take much the same form as all of the other recent GTA games, providing gamers with a sandbox environment in which to roam, drive, commit crimes, and – of course – see how many stars they can get in a chase with the police.
There will also be a huge online multiplayer mode, as well as a story mode with challenges and missions to complete, you’d have to imagine.
Grand Theft Auto V 2 was released in 2013, and rumours suggest that the next game in the franchise might arrive as late as 2025, but – if the rumours are to be believed – the hype train is set to leave the station early as Rockstar could be set to announce the game officially.
The controversial series is amongst the biggest selling video game series’ of all time, despite receiving criticism over the years for some of the content, involving missions that force the player to torture hostages, and include violence against women, allegations of transphobia, and misogyny.
Still, you can bet that the gaming behemoth will be back with a bang, and that gamers around the world will be gagging to get their hands on a copy by the time it comes out, whenever it comes out.
The previous game is one of the biggest selling of all time, having sold more than 185 million copies, making it the second highest selling video game ever, behind only Minecraft, which also has the significant advantage of being playable on mobile phones as well as games consoles.
Rockstar has courted controversy itself in recent times, with employees complaining about the corporate culture at the company and their work/life balance during the creation of its last game, 2018 hit Red Dead Redemption 2.
It seems as if those changes were a success though, as Bloomberg reported last year that 20 people who worked there or had recently left thought things had changed for the better and that ‘morale across the company [was] higher than it's ever been.’
Journalist Jason Schreier posted on X: “Rockstar's overhaul started in 2018, when staff called out its culture of crunch, bullying, and frat-house antics.
“The company has ousted managers accused of abuse and promised to cut down on overtime.
“One employee calls it ‘a boys’ club transformed into a real company'.”
He also reported that GTA VI will feature a playable woman character for the first time in Rockstar’s modern history.
LADbible has contacted Rockstar Games for a comment on the Grand Theft Auto VI news.