The past two installments in the franchise may possible have featured the protagonist of Grand Theft Auto 6 (GTA 6) — or so surmises one fan-theory.
Taking to Reddit last week, user “EMPIRES” pointed out that Sammy Bottino, the right-hand man of the Gambetti Crime Family might be at the center of the upcoming sequel. The Gambettis were featured in GTA 4 where Jon Gravelli, the head of the family, was shown in his deathbed. Sammy was Jon’s most trusted ally at the time but was never shown in person. There are two clues here that might possibly tie him up with GTA 6. Firstly, he was wanted for murder in Vice City, the same location where Rockstar Games is heavily rumored to be returning. Secondly, a random event in GTA 5 had players rescuing Sammy’s daughter, Antonia, who confirmed that Sammy ran the east coast in the 80s and 90s.
The belief here is that Rockstar Games will be returning with another mob story and Sammy was being built up for this exact purpose. Previous leaks have pegged GTA 6 to Vice City where the Gambetti Crime Family was based in the 80s. Provided that the breadcrumbs are leading in the right direction, Sammy could be one of the main protagonists in GTA 6 and players will be helping him take over the east coast, which basically would carry forward into GTA 5 due to the time-jump.
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 down the road. Hence, giving credibility to the leak.
Rockstar Games was also 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.