Every few months, a new Grand Theft Auto 6
rumor or leak surfaces, reigniting the fan
frenzy for Rockstar’s monster franchise.
From claims about multiple locations to the
ability to play as a cop or criminal, the
gaming community is abuzz with alleged insider
Meanwhile, the publisher continues to keep
its cards close to its chest, giving little
away about the title, including whether it’s
even in development.
The latest “leak,” should it prove true, provides
the most comprehensive look at the sixth installment
of the Grand Theft Auto series we’ve seen
The supposed scoop comes from a Reddit user
by the name of u/JackOLantern1982, who claims
the information came from, quote, “two friends
who are very reliable and have worked for
places such as Kotaku and PC Gamer.”
Yeah… so, just consider that before you
get too excited.
“I totally believe you, dude!”
To start, the Reddit leak makes several claims,
including that GTA 6 entered development in
2012, one year before the release of Grand
Theft Auto 5 in 2013.
Full development picked up in 2015, but was
ultimately slowed down as Rockstar put the
finishing touches on 2018’s Red Dead Redemption
Set between the 1970s and 1980s, the next
GTA is said to be codenamed Project Americas,
and will purportedly feature two locations:
Vice City — which players last visited in
2002’s appropriately-titled Grand Theft
Auto: Vice City — and a never-before-seen
fictional area based on the city of Rio de
Janeiro in Brazil.
And counter to Rockstar’s approach with
Grand Theft Auto 5, this next installment
in the series will reportedly focus on one
single protagonist; a man named Ricardo who
is, quote, “an up and coming drug lord-wannabe.”
The leak states that Ricardo will start on
the bottom rung of the drug running ladder,
smuggling the white stuff out of Vice City
and into South America.
In order to move up in the world, Ricardo
will have to make connections with more high-profile
drug lords, even taking on hit jobs for a
younger Martin Madrazo and his family.
And Ricardo will have to do all that without
landing himself behind bars.
That’s right: the leak suggests a, quote,
“giant prison” will play a major role
in the world of this new Grand Theft Auto,
which means you could be forced to break yourself
out should the law catch up to you on your
way to becoming a drug kingpin.
In terms of inspiration, the leak reports
that Rockstar gained a lot of it from the
Netflix series Narcos, which focuses on the
world of drug smuggling in 1980s Columbia.
As such, characters in the next GTA will supposedly
speak in their native languages, in a move
that’s said to add to more immersion of
And the game will reportedly tackle hot button
issues like HIV and the immigration crisis,
both of which are true to the setting of Narcos
and the era this next Grand Theft Auto is
said to take place in.
Lastly, those hoping to get their hands on
the next Grand Theft Auto will likely have
to fork over a few hundred dollars for a brand
new console before doing so.
The Reddit leak makes clear that this next
entry in the series is “next gen only,”
which means you probably won’t see the next
GTA on PlayStation 4 or on Xbox One.
This claim does shed some light on when we
might see Grand Theft Auto make its return:
sometime after the holiday 2020 season.
Then again, all of the information shared
here comes from a Reddit user who claims to
know people with insider knowledge.
We’re approaching this leak with a healthy
amount of skepticism, but you can rest assured
we’ll be looking for any news that can either
confirm what the leaker said or squash the
rumors shared here once and for all.
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