There was a leak about a year back that not only stated GTA 6 to be in development but also shared other details about the much-anticipated installment. Barely anyone took it seriously and for good reason. However, a year later, that same leak looks to be pretty close to the truth.
Back in December 2018, an anonymous third-party developer from Europe claimed that GTA 6 will be releasing on PlayStation 5 during the holiday season of 2020. The same leak also suggested that Sony has struck a deal with Rockstar Games to keep GTA 6 exclusive to its new-generation console for an entire month. In addition, the setting will be either Miami or New York.
There was obviously no way to confirm the claims back then. What happened was that the same leak also included information about PlayStation 5, most of which Sony officially confirmed earlier this year. Hence, giving credibility to the leak.
The hardware specifications of PlayStation 5, including support for ray tracing technology and physical mediums. There being backwards compatibility, a focus on 4K and 8K resolutions, as well as a new PlayStation VR. Everything was confirmed by Sony on some level in the months following the leak. Take also the new DualShock 5 controller with a built-in camera for example, which surfaced in a patent filing nearly five months after.
So many green lights naturally suggest that everything the anonymous third-party developer said about GTA 6 must be true. It gets even better. Last week, another leak claiming to be from inside Rockstar Games India stated that GTA 6 will take place in Vice City. The fictional setting of the October 2002 installment was based on Miami, which is what last year’s leak claimed as well.
GTA: Vice City has often been hailed as one of the best entries in the franchise to date – not taking anything away from GTA 5. The whole time with Tommy Vercetti and his criminal empire can only be classed as an unforgettable experience. If the leak is indeed true, which it looks to be, Rockstar Games will be making a lot of fans happy by leading them back to Vice City with GTA 6.
In the meantime, Rockstar Games continues to work on something massive. The studio was recently spotted to be recruiting environmental artists to create “next-generation” open-worlds. With Red Dead Redemption 2 already out, it goes without saying that the only open-world for Rockstar Games would be GTA 6 right now. That’s unless Max Payne is making a flashy return.