Recent GTA 6 release date rumours could be put to the test in the coming weeks following a big PS5 update this week.
As fans will already know, Sony PlayStation is a big partner of Rockstar Games, the makers of Grand Theft Auto Red Dead Redemption franchises.
There have even been reports that GTA 6 could launch as a timed exclusive on Sony’s next console, something that would prove controversial with gamers, especially those on Xbox One.
This remains a rumour for now, as do all the others that have linked GTA 6 with a release on the next Xbox and PS5 consoles in 2020.
But what we do know for a fact is that GTA 5 and it’s popular online multiplayer mode are both going to be available to play on the PlayStation 5.
And not only will GTA Online be available on the PS5 but it will be playable with gamers still playing the game on PS4 consoles.
We don’t know precisely how backwards compatibility will work on the PS5 console, but it has been confirmed that cross-generational support will be made available.
PlayStation deputy president John Kodera revealed this during a recent Sony Q&A, who commented: “cross-generation, the community can enjoy games together.”
So that means that not only will PS4 gamers be able to continue their Grand Theft Auto Online adventures on the PS5 but they will also be able to play with the same groups.
PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan had this to say about the importance of Backwards Compatibility during the same Q&A sessions, adding: “Backwards compatibility, in a networked era, becomes something that is incredibly powerful.
“Because the gaming community is somewhat tribal in its nature, backwards compatibility gives us the opportunity to migrate that community from PlayStation 4 to next-gen using the ability to play the PS4 games they have on their next generation console – groups of 10, 20, 50 gamers.
“So we see this, given the size of the community that we’ve been able to accumulate over all these years and hard work on PlayStation 4 as a really critical success factor for us. We think it’s incredibly important.”
And with both console communities united under the same network, will Rockstar Games be tempted to offer an upgraded version of GTA 5 on the PS5? While fans won’t need to buy a new copy of the game to return to Los Santos, it could prove a popular choice for those who are planning to keep playing GTA Online.
The upgraded specs of the PS5 will make it easy for Rockstar Games to offer a new remastered GTA 5 package.
The incentive for this would be to keep players engaged with GTA 5 Online, which provides a large chunk of Take-Two Interactive’s recurrent revenue.
Lucky for gamers hoping to hear more about GTA 6 soon, Rockstar has not said anything about releasing another version of GTA 5. Recent rumours suggest the opposite, that the team behind GTA 5 are busy at work putting together new game projects, which include GTA 6.
In a now deleted Reddit post, it was claimed that Rockstar Games would announce a brand new game at E3 2019.
The post was written by a Redditor that claimed to be working for a company building a website for Rockstar’s parent company Take-Two.
The site was allegedly promoting this mysterious game, leaving a question mark over what IP it could be for.
And seeing as E3 is just around the corner, it won’t be long before we find out if this is real or not.
If this leak does turn out to be accurate, it would be shocking considering Rockstar Games has typically made announcements outside of E3.
If Rockstar were to reveal GTA 6 during E3, it would break with tradition and their typical tactics of announcing new games.
Other reports claim that GTA 6 could launch as early as 2020, and would only be available to play on next-gen consoles.
Plenty of time has passed since the launch of GTA 5, making it feasible that Rockstar could be ready for 2020.
But it seems more likely that Rockstar will wait until they think the time is right to announce their next big project, which will probably be after Red Dead Online has been on the market for an extended period.