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Grand Theft Auto 6 may well be a whisper on the wind at this point, seeing that Rockstar Games is staying shtum on its development all the while Grand Theft Auto Online prints money for the company. However, a reliable leaker says that the setting of the upcoming game is not in the '80s, as was initially thought.
The only concrete thing that we know about Grand Theft Auto 6 is that it will be "moderately sized." Well, that could mean absolutely anything when you think of the scale of the games that Rockstar Games releases. I suppose the Moon is moderately sized when compared to Mars. In a report from Kotaku published about twelve months ago, the crunch culture that used to be endemic to Rockstar Games appeared to have lightened in the wake of the upheaval caused by the pandemic. As a result of this change, the aim with Grand Theft Auto 6 is to launch the game and then support it with "regular updates over time" to build on its original content.
So, it is still possible that the game will be sprawling in scale, but this won't be the case from the very beginning of its lifespan, and therefore it reduces the stress placed on the teams that support it. As aforementioned, this is the only thing we know about Grand Theft Auto 6, and it's been a long ol' year. Rumours have run rampant, and earlier this year, a slew of speculation hit social media which suggested that the game will take place in an interpretation of Miami in Florida in the late '70s.
The story would then weave through the decades, split into chapters like Red Dead Redemption 2, ending up in the modern day. Honestly, it's an ambitious concept that would require a lot of work, and this could be the reason why we've not heard very much about Grand Theft Auto 6 for some time. There have been notable examples of where an exciting marketing campaign hasn't lined up with the reality of the gameplay experience. Perhaps Rockstar Games is keeping it under wraps so that the team has the flexibility to change course if these ideas aren't working and not inflict the ire of die-hard fans.
However, established Call Of Duty and Battlefield leaker Tom Henderson has weighed in with his own statement. It's pretty to the point. "It's not set in the 1980's and is modern," he said in response to a question about Grand Theft Auto 6. When a fan complained that a throwback to that era would be more fun than a modern one, Henderson replied: "GTA Online + Modern + Wacky Shit = More Money." It's true. Grand Theft Auto Online hauls in an unbelievable amount of cash, and so it's unlikely that the company would take its finger off the button for even a moment. "It's absolutely amazing that Grand Theft Auto has sold more units in calendar 2020 than it did in any year since its original release in 2013. It's just extraordinary," said Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick in an interview in February.
Of course, as this has not been verified by Rockstar Games, we'll have to take this statement with a pinch of salt. However, seeing as Henderson has been on the money in the past, like the case of the leaked Cold War killstreaks, we might want to keep an eye on what he says next.
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