GTA 6 rumours continue as fans clamour to find out more about the next major project from Rockstar Games.
Recent reports suggest that a new game could be shown off by the studio next month, an event that would prove surprising to fans.
Not only does Rockstar Games not bother much with E3 but they hardly ever have to use big events to confirm their next projects.
But even if the recent GTA 6 rumours don’t prove right, there is something that is keeping fans busy in GTA 5 Online.
And it’s not something that can be found in the base experience, and it could be a feature that fans will want to see incorporated into the next Grand Theft Auto title.
Modding is a big part of the Grand Theft Auto experience on PC, although it’s limited to story mode.
And Rockstar’s parent company Take-Two Interactive has put its foot down numerous times in the past, proving that modding is a somewhat delicate subject.
Fans can, of course, use the Rockstar Editor, a video creation tool which has proven popular on YouTube.
But one private online experience has proven so popular on Twitch; Rockstar may want to think about expanding their Rockstar Editor and modding support for GTA 6.
GTA V RP is a very unique experience with servers that allow gamers to build characters and live their lives in an online world.
It’s helped boost GTA 5 back into the top 5 games on Twitch and is something that top streamers have enjoyed using.
This level of Role Playing probably won’t make it into the base GTA experience anytime soon, but making it easier to put something like this together for GTA 6 could prove a deft move for Rockstar Games.
GTA RP servers allow you to become a regular NPC and play as that character alongside others; however, it also requires gamers to join a server, download a list of mods and follow a set of rules.
This isn’t something unique to GTA 5 as it can be found in many other popular titles, but it is something that could prove massive in a next-gen Grand Theft Auto experience.
It’s certainly easier to pull off in Skyrim using the mod support available, so providing their own stuff could prove fruitful for Rockstar too.
Parent company Take-Two Interactive will be aiming to copy the concurrent spending success of GTA 5 with their next instalment in the franchise.
And official mod support could be a way of keeping gamers hooked for longer. It could also come with massive drawbacks for multiplayer players when it comes to server hackers and would also need extra support to make it work on consoles.
And unfortunately, Rockstar Games have said nothing on the subject of embracing official mod support in the future.
This is something shared by the studio in 2017, telling fans: “Rockstar Games believes in reasonable fan creativity, and, in particular, wants creators to showcase their passion for our games. After discussions with Take-Two, Take-Two has agreed that it generally will not take legal action against third-party projects involving Rockstar’s PC games that are single-player, non-commercial, and respect the intellectual property (IP) rights of third parties.”
Red Dead Redemption 2 is expected to be announced for PC, so that could be the next step in testing the waters for new official features.
Other rumours suggest that the next Grand Theft Auto game will be a timed exclusive on the PS5. These kinds of deals do exist, but it would seem a costly venture for Sony to pull off for their new console.
Recent reports also claim that GTA 6 could launch as early as 2020, on the new PS5 and Xbox Two consoles. Timing wise, it would make sense for Rockstar to want to launch their next big game on the most powerful console platforms possible.
And there has been a long enough gap between now and the launch of GTA 5 to suggest Rockstar could be ready to launch their next instalment in the franchise. But if Red Dead Online – launched in late 2018 – proves to grow in popularity in 2019, there’s also the chance that Rockstar will want to focus on that new experience for longer.