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A prominent leaker has backed up claims that the in-development Grand Theft Auto VI will take place in a modern-day version of Vice City and feature a female lead.
There's a vast, vast sea of GTA VI rumours out there, but a female protagonist and the return of Vice City are two that come up more than most. A recent video from Tom Henderson, the prolific leaker who correctly reported on just about every single detail of Battlefield 2042 months before it was confirmed, now suggests that these rumours are absolutely the real deal.
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In the video, which you can check out here, Henderson stresses that GTA VI is still in the "very early" stages of development. This means that a lot of what he's reporting on could absolutely change between now and release, so bear that in mind as we go forward.
The location of GTA VI has long been a hotly debated topic. Some believe/hope that it'll combine a number of classic cities into one mega map, but Henderson has dispelled those rumours. He believes the game will take place in a modern-day Vice City, and that the map itself isn't going to be that big (relative to previous Rockstar maps like GTA V and Red Dead Redemption 2, at least).
Interestingly, Henderson suggests the world of GTA VI will constantly expand and change with new locations being added, using the constantly evolving Fortnite map as a point of comparison. This certainly lines up with a previous report from Kotaku that suggested Rockstar was looking to minimise crunch on GTA VI by launching a smaller game that would be expanded over time.
Henderson also believes GTA VI will feature multiple protagonists, with a female hacker among them. Again, this is a rumour we've heard before, and it's certainly high time Rockstar gave us a playable female character in one of its mega franchises.
Finally, it's claimed that GTA VI probably won't launch until 2024-2025 at the earliest. Henderson explains a big part of this is Rockstar's desire to focus on employee wellbeing following the troubling reports of crunch on GTA V and Red Dead Redemption 2. There's also the simple fact that GTA V continues to make sickening amounts of money every year, so Rockstar isn't in a huge rush to get the sequel out the door.
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