GTA 6 Release Date Rumor Hits The Web Again

The latest GTA 6 release date rumor suggests that the biggest video game of all time could arrive later than expected and hoped for. With GTA Online still doing excellent business for Rockstar, it is anticipated that GTA 6 may not appear for quite some time. But the latest GTA 6 release date rumor will still be exciting for fans of the vastly popular series.

Indeed, with Rockstar still able to populate the GTA Online universe with some exciting content, there is little need for the software house to rush out the GTA sequel. The recent release and popularity of the so-called Doomsday Heist underlines this, and recent revenue figures for GTA Online have also been outstanding. This is still an incredibly popular aspect of the GTA 5 title, and one that has ensured that online play will be a central focus of GTA 6.

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GTA 6 release date rumor

Meanwhile, onto the GTA 6 release date rumor. The notable Michael Pachter, a video game analyst for The Wall Street Journal, suggests that we may have to wait several years until GTA 6 arrives. Pachter suggests that the game will not be released until 2021, with a variety of factors contributing to this conclusion.

“And Rockstar, the only announcements they’ve ever made more than a year before launch was because the launch itself was delayed. So best case, GTA 6 gets announced in 2020 for a 2021 release,” stated Pachter.

However, this GTA 6 release date rumor can be considered somewhat positive for those eagerly awaiting this game, as some analysts had previously suggested that 2022 was a more realistic target. Rockstar is currently busy putting the finishing touches to Red Dead Redemption 2, meaning that GTA 6 will be on the backburner for a little while longer at least.

No need for GTA 6

And with Rockstar in an extremely strong financial position, there is absolutely no need for the GTA 6 title to emerge any sooner than 2021. There is no doubt that Red Dead Redemption 2 will receive a massive reception from gamers, and Rockstar no doubt has significant plans up its sleeve in order to deliver ongoing online content for this game as well.

While Rockstar is undoubtedly a developer with massive resources, it should also be noted that its talented staff are split very thinly at present. GTA 6 will not be a major focus of the publisher for at least another 12 months, meaning that the GTA 6 release date rumor unfortunately looks all too accurate.

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E3 whispers

However, another GTA 6 release date rumor sees the game being unveiled for the first time at the E3 trade show later this year. Of course, this will not necessarily impact on the actual release of the game, but some whispers have suggested that a teaser trailer of GTA 6 could shockingly emerge. This would undoubtedly be the headline grabbing news of the E3 event were it to come to fruition, but this does seem somewhat doubtful.

It has also been suggested that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be actually released at the E3 conference, with Rockstar delivering a double whammy to blow away all of the competition at this major trade show. However, these do sound very much like Internet rumors, as Rockstar has no real need to generate publicity for games as massive and significant as Red Dead 2 and GTA 6.

With the original GTA 5 title having been released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 back in 2013, this means that there will be an approximate eight-year gap between GTA games. This is a significant departure from the days of Vice City and San Andreas, but it is the sort of developmental cycle that we can become accustomed to with AAA games in the contemporary climate.

And there is massive pressure on Rockstar to deliver with GTA 6, considering the critical success of the GTA 5 release. While the GTA 6 release date rumor will not be hugely popular considering the massive appetite for the release of this game, a shoddy sixth major iteration of the video game series would be unbelievably damaging to both the brand and Rockstar itself.

Raking in revenue

Recent figures indicate that the GTA Online game banked over $415 million in net revenue during a single quarter. This indicates that the game is still generating over $1 billion annually, with income actually increasing recently, rather than decreasing as would probably be expected. The GTA Online universe remains rich, intriguing and challenging, and this is reflected in the number of active players still enjoying this title.

The recent release of the Doomsday Heist has been particularly well-received, with many gaming publications suggesting that it effectively represents an extension of the main game. For Rockstar to be able to deliver single-player quality content in the multiplayer aspect of a major title is a superb technical and logistical achievement, and opens up huge possibilities for the GTA 6 release.

Online focus

There is no doubt that online play will be a significant focus of this game when it emerges, and this has even led to some publications suggesting that GTA 6 could be entirely online. This is highly unlikely, though, as Rockstar has always prided itself on delivering compelling narratives, meaning that there will certainly be a massive single-player version of the GTA 6, regardless of how profitable and powerful the online gaming universe may become.

While any GTA 6 release date rumor which suggests that the appearance of the title is some way away will be unpopular, at least fans of the GTA series now have the opportunity to be realistic. GTA 6 will be a multi-billion-dollar game, and one that will be simply critical to the future of Rockstar. While the developer reportedly has many years of ideas left for the GTA series, there is still a challenge for Rockstar in providing new GTA games that really move the series forward technically.

To achieve this with GTA 6 will undoubtedly take several years and a huge amount of manpower, and thus it is a sensible decision for Rockstar to put off the release of this game for as long as is necessary.