Plenty of predictions and rumours are swirling around the GTA 6 release date.
There’s evidence to suggest that Rockstar Games are currently developing a follow up to their hit 2013 launch, Grand Theft Auto 5.
But just how far along GTA 6 is and what platforms it will launch on remains unknown.
The latest predictions put the GTA 6 release date between 2020 and 2021, which could determine a lot about the new game.
If it is announced for launch next year, PS4 and Xbox One gamers have some hope of a port.
As an example, GTA 5 was made available to play on both of those consoles, after it first arrived on Xbox 360 and PS3.
So using the PS4 and Xbox One as a stepping stone as we have seen in the past, could make sense for GTA 6.
However, as some analysts believe, Rockstar Games could also launch GTA 6 in 2021, making it a very likely candidate for the PS5 and Project Scarlett.
Other platforms will also be supported, such as Steam and the Epic Games Store on PC.
Google Stadia also seems like a likely candidate, following comments made by Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick in 2019.
“You know the promise of being able to sign on to a service with virtually no barriers, without a box in between, and being able to play our games on any device whatsoever around the world, and to do it with low latency, well that’s very compelling if that can be delivered, and the folks at Google minimally have said it will be delivered and will be delivered in relatively short order,” he said.
“Conceptually we want to be where the consumer is, and we’ll support new entrants and we are a believer in streaming services.
“Again, you know we need to have business models that make sense for us. So far, we’re pretty optimistic.”
And a 2021 release date would probably be more beneficial to Google Stadia, giving the company more time to perfect their platform before a massive title like GTA 6 is released.
Take-Two Interactive has confirmed that they have an impressive pipeline of games in development in 2019.
References to their biggest franchises were also made, suggesting that big news is on the horizon.
“Fiscal 2020 is off to a terrific start with first-quarter operating results that beat our expectations,” said Zelnick during a Take-Two earnings call.
“We delivered significant Net Bookings and cash flow growth driven by the performance of Grand Theft Auto Online and Grand Theft Auto V, NBA 2K19, the Borderlands franchise, and Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online.
“As a result of our better-than-expected first-quarter operating results and increased forecast for the balance of the year, we are raising our outlook for fiscal 2020, which is anticipated to be another great year for our organisation.
“We aim to build on this strong start by delivering a robust array of titles throughout the year, including Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, NBA 2K20, Borderlands 3, WWE 2K20 and The Outer Worlds, as well as new and innovative ways for consumers to remain engaged with their favourite entertainment experiences.
“Looking ahead, Take-Two has the strongest development pipeline in its history, including sequels from our biggest franchises as well as exciting new IP. We are exceedingly well-positioned to capitalise on the positive trends in our industry, and to generate significant growth and margin expansion over the long-term.”
It also follows news regarding the resurgence of GTA Online, following the launch of the new Casino DLC.
The launch of the GTA Casino sparked the biggest single day, and weekly player figures for GTA Online since the multiplayer mode went live in October 2013.
The GTA Casino update offers a brand new location for players to explore, the Diamond Casino & Resort, which is a new “social space”.
GTA Online players can gamble with real money, purchase a private penthouse suite and try to win brand new supercars with the Lucky Wheel.
Is it possible that the popularity of GTA Online could hold back the launch of GTA 6? Or are Rockstar Games ready to launch an even more impressive version of it with its next game?