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If this article arose from the thoughts of any other leaker on any other game, we at GAMINGbible would guffaw so loudly it would break the sound barrier, holding our bellies in explosive laughter and wiping the tears from our eyes. The Grand Theft Auto games are a collection of the most influential entries into the medium ever made. "It would be no exaggeration to say that Grand Theft Auto III changed the industry, and we can basically separate the time before and after its emergence as distinct eras," said Yoshinori Ono, former producer on Street Fighter, in 2011. And, if you won't take mine and Ono's word for it, it's the fifth-highest selling video game franchise in history, only surpassed by Tetris, Call Of Duty, Pokémon and Mario. The mere mention that Rockstar Games would ditch the series that practically prints money to infinity and beyond would be preposterous.
Yet. The company's reticence to confirm or deny details on the game that is in development is a sign of a significant shift in its approach. In 2018, Kotaku reported on Rockstar Games' crunch culture, where developers would often face 55-to-60-hour weeks for months and months to polish projects until they shone. Fortunately, things have taken a turn for the better, from new "flexitime" policies to optional overtime and the dismissal of mean managers. Regarding the next Grand Theft Auto game, it is thought to be a "moderately sized release" with the ability to build upon its content with "regular updates over time."
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Contributing an opinion piece to DualShockers, Tom Henderson has suggested that the new Grand Theft Auto game may be the last one ever. The name might be ringing a few bells for our readers here, so just to bring everyone up to speed, he's the same leaker who correctly predicted the arrival of natural disasters in Battlefield 2042, shared the trailer for that upcoming shooter, and got the official title of the game bang to rights.
Citing the continued success of Grand Theft Auto Online, Henderson argued that it is simply not a priority of Rockstar Games to redirect its efforts on a brand new game at this time. "Rockstar seems to be making GTA 6 the most epic future-proof video game in history, with constant updates that not only give the fans new content but keeps the world new and interesting by evolving," explained the leaker. "GTA 5 and GTA Online are still massive success stories, with the fifth instalment still getting several million premium sales per month, and to be honest, it feels like Rockstar could still ride the GTA Online bandwagon for another decade if they chose to do so."
I hate to say it, I hope I don't sound ridiculous, but he is making sense here. In prioritising the well-being of its teams as well as reacting to the general trends of the industry, giant and premium Grand Theft Auto games may be left in the past in favour of smaller yet adaptable experiences. We'll let you know when we learn more about the next game.
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