GTA 6 release date update: Is Rockstar making a huge gameplay change to Grand Theft Auto?
If you look at the rich history of Rockstar games, you can see that the studio is not scared of change. In fact, it actively embraces it – the way it flirted with multiple protagonists in GTA V and the way it tests the waters with more immersive elements in Red Dead Redemption 2 proves the studio is happy to iterate on its core formula.
We’ve even seen Rockstar removed and alter the way cheats work in its games – hinting that this staple of the franchise may be absent in the next game.
So, as Rockstar continues to experiment with the formula that’s been at the center of the GTA games for decades, what other changes could we see the studio alter?
We may already know. Apparently, “Preliminary work” on GTA 6 supposedly started as far back as 2016 (that’s according to a report by TechRadar, anyway).
According to a report from The Know a few years back, who cited an “inside source” as their informant, GTA 6 is referred to internally at Rockstar as Project Americas and will be set across a bigger map than ever before – we’ve got all the information on GTA 6’s potential map at the link.
But the other part of that report that grabbed our attention was the rumours about the player character in the game.
Now, it’s not known if this will be the single protagonist, or if there will be a few playable characters like we saw in GTA V.
It will mark a significant departure for the series if it’s true – and a welcome one. Grand Theft Auto’s treatment and depiction of women has not been the most pleasant in the past, so seeing the team actually go out of its way to give players the chance to play as a woman and have some agency from that perspective will be welcome.
Red Dead Online and GTA Online have allowed players to play as women for years now – so making that available back in the single player seems like an obvious evolution.
Back in 2016, there was a project known as GTA: Tokyo with Rockstar supposedly “serious” about the idea of uprooting the game from its longterm US-centric locations in favour of a Tokyo-based GTA.
So serious in fact that TechRadar notes that the company had at one point registered trademarks for GTA: Tokyo.
Which does, in many ways, make sense. GTA had previously dabbled with GTA: London and to a lesser extent, they’d also reimagined Liberty City in GTA Chinatown Wars for a game that was more focused on the Triad.
So taking the game east wouldn’t have been the craziest idea in the world.
However, it seems that despite interest and several occasions when the development team had travelled to Tokyo on research gathering missions, the project was eventually scuppered.
TechRadar reports that “the road system was seen to be problematic and became one reason the idea was canned”.
What does seem clear right now, is that whenever GTA 6 does arrive, it’s most likely going to have an American setting once again. You can read everything we know about GTA Tokyo at the link.