Grand Theft Auto 6 is in active development, with Rockstar’s work on the much-anticipated game “well underway”.
Rockstar announced the present state of GTA 6 on Twitter, as well as at the end of a blog post about GTA Online’s upcoming updates. It’s the first time the studio has acknowledged the sequel is coming and current development.
“With the unprecedented longevity of GTA V, we know many of you have been asking us about a new entry in the Grand Theft Auto series,” the post reads.
“With every new project we embark on, our goal is always to significantly move beyond what we have previously delivered – and we are pleased to confirm that active development for the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series is well underway.
“We look forward to sharing more as soon as we are ready, so please stay tuned to the Rockstar Newswire for official details.”
Many of you have been asking about a new entry in the Grand Theft Auto series.
With every new project, our goal is always to significantly move beyond what we've previously delivered. We're pleased to confirm that active development for the next entry in the series is underway.
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) February 4, 2022
This is the first time Rockstar has officially recognized the current development of GTA 6, as well as giving us our first inkling of how far along its development process the much-anticipated title has reached. While there’s no release date, Rockstar’s suggestion that development on the game is now “fully underway” gives a precise picture of the studio’s circumstances: the works of GTA 6 are in full swing.
Rockstar has also set itself a high bar for the next upcoming game. Although it gives no real details about what GTA 6 will bring, eager fans that have waited nearly 10 years for a new entry in the franchise will have increased demands, and the studio’s promise to “significantly move beyond” earlier entries in the series won’t help any hype.
As for a more exact release date, publisher Take-Two’s recent deal to buy mobile gaming giant Zynga gives us a few clues. A press release for the deal had the note that “the combined company is expected to deliver a 14% compound annual growth rate… over the three-year period from Take-Two’s Fiscal Years 2021 through 2024.”
In response to those figures, an analyst from investment banking firm Jefferies, quoted by Stephen Totilo of Axios, suggested: “there are only a handful of titles that can…provide management with the confidence to put out such a strong guidance; we believe there is at least one Rockstar IP set to be released by FY24”.
Now GTA 6 is officially coming out, that 2024 release date could be the release year for Grand Theft Auto 6.