Grand Theft Auto series belong to a top tier of video games, enjoying a lasting success and constantly growing fan base. Its latest title, GTA 5, has managed to remain at the top for the past five years and it still doesn’t show any signs of decline. Regardless of this, the fans keep waiting impatiently for the launch of a new game in the GTA series. Let’s take a closer look at the way in which the popularity of GTA 5 can affect the release date of GTA 6.
GTA 5 – at the top since 2013
The most recent game of the series, GTA 5, has been released in 2013 for Xbox 360 and PS3. Soon after it became available, the title broke the sales and popularity records. Even today, five years since its launch, GTA 5 remains a very influential game and its group of fans, instead of declining in numbers, keep on growing. The reason behind this longevity can be attributed to frequent releases of patches and other downloadable content, as well as an introduction of GTA Online.
As the game remains at the top, it is unlikely that Rockstar will decide to stop investing in GTA 5, especially since there is still a lot of room for improvement. For now, the company seems to focus on upcoming Red Dead Redemption, which is set to further refresh the game. However, it doesn’t stop the community of fans from speculating about the next title in line – GTA 6. It is rumored that once Red Dead Redemption is released, the company will start looking towards the future.
What is the most probable release date for GTA 6?
It is extremely likely that GTA 6 will not be released for the current console generation, which means that at the earliest, we should expect the new title to be launched in 2020 with the arrival of the next consoles by Microsoft and Sony. However, there is a small chance that GTA 6 would be one of the first games released for the next-gen platforms, so its debut will be postponed further in time.
According to Michael Pachter, a game industry analyst, the release of GTA 6 will happen sometime in 2022. This estimate seems to be quite realistic, as it would place the launch of the title near the end of the premier cycle of games developed for the next-gen consoles. At the moment, it looks like we will have to wait for Red Dead Redemption and beyond, to see what the future brings for GTA 6.
Henry Lares is still early into his career as tech reporter but has already had his work published in many major publications including Tech Crunch and the Huffington Post. In regards to academics, Henry earned an engineering degree from Apex Technical School. Henry has a passion for emerging technology and covers upcoming products and breakthroughs in science and tech.