GTA 6 Release Date & Features: 11 Things to Know
We don’t have an official GTA 6 release date yet, but here’s what you need to know right now about Grand Theft Auto 6 based on traditions, rumors, confirmed information, and what we expect from Rockstar.
We know the next Grand Theft Auto game, presumably titled GTA 6 or GTA VI, is in development, but Rockstar remains tight-lipped about its plans.
We’ve seen a ton of leaks and potential information emerge, but very little in the way of official information. That being said, we do expect to learn more about the game, perhaps as soon as this year.
Table of Contents
We know a lot of gamers have questions about GTA 6’s release so we’re going to outline everything we expect in this guide. Here’s a closer look at what you can expect from GTA 6’s features, release date, consoles, and more.
GTA 6 Announcement
After years of speculation and silence, Rockstar confirmed the existence of Grand Theft Auto 6 in a press release all the way back in February, 2022.
At the time, the company said it was “pleased to confirm that active development for the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series is well underway and that it looks “forward to sharing more as soon as” its ready. The company reiterated this in August, 2022.
Since then, Rockstar has been radio silent about the game. That could certainly change later this year, but as of yet, nothing is confirmed.
GTA 5 was officially announced on October 25th, 2011 with a trailer, and a press release confirming early details, coming a week later. Perhaps Rockstar uses similar timing for the GTA 6 announcement.
One insider believes it’s a “given“the game will be announced this year but that, of course, doesn’t mean the Grand Theft Auto 6 release date will land in 2023. It won’t.
GTA 6 Release Date
When Rockstar officially announces GTA 6 we should get the game’s release date. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean the developer will stick to the date.
Rockstar is notorious for delays, it delayed both GTA 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2, so keep that in mind when the release date does get announced.
As for specific timing, the GTA 6 release date is unknown and we’ve seen a bunch of different time frames thrown out there by journalists and leakers. We’ve also seen the game’s publisher, Take-Two Interactive, hint at the GTA 6 release date in a press release.
According to Take-Two, the game will most likely arrive sometime between April 2024 and March 2025. The company says FY 2025 is a “highly anticipated year.”
This lines up with everything we’ve heard about the game’s release and it means we could see the game arrive on shelves sometime next year.
In July of last year, Bloomberg noted that the game’s release date was at least two years away.
Microsoft, in a response to a UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) investigation, stated that the “highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto VI is expected to be released in 2024.” So 2024 is certainly in play for the GTA 6 release date, but we could also see it arrive later than that.
In the video above, leaker Tom Henderson claims we could see the game arrive on shelves as late as 2025. Henderson has been accurate with his information in the past so this shouldn’t be dismissed.
Henderson says Rockstar is aiming to release the game in 2024, but that a delay pushing the game into 2025 is in the realm of possibility.
Another leaker, YouTuber Tyler McVicker, also believes Rockstar’s planning to put the game on shelves in 2024.
GTA 6 Consoles
If you own a Windows PC, PS5, Xbox Series X, or Xbox Series S, you’ve got nothing to worry about. GTA 6 won’t miss the PC or current-generation platforms. If you own an older console, you’re at risk.
Nothing is confirmed, but Tom Henderson says Rockstar is planning to release the game on current-generation consoles. In other words, GTA 6 could miss the Xbox One series and Sony’s PS4.
While this would obviously be disappointing, this is a growing trend. For instance, EA’s Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is only available for PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Windows PC.
So, here’s the full list of platforms we expect GTA 6 to come to:
- Xbox Series X
- Xbox Series S
- Windows PC
Sony is also reportedly working on a PS5 Pro. According to Henderson, the console, which would likely offer better performance, is tentatively scheduled to arrive next year. It’s unclear if Microsoft is working on a mid-generation upgrade for the Xbox.
GTA 6’s publisher, Take-Two, also believes we’ll see mid-generation console refreshes.
GTA 6 Cover
We’ve seen a people release their own cover art ideas for GTA 6, but we haven’t seen the actual GTA 6 cover leak yet.
Unless Rockstar suffers another monster leak, we probably won’t get our first glimpse at the GTA 6 cover until the developer officially announces the game.
GTA 6 Pre-Order
It almost goes without saying, but don’t buy any GTA 6 pre-orders from eBay or other services promising early access to the game right now.
Pre-orders for the game will go live whenever Rockstar announces the game and sets a release date. In other words, don’t expect it to go on sale until 2024 or 2025.
Look for Rockstar to entice shoppers with GTA 6 pre-order bonuses. These will likely be in-game items like cosmetics for your character, weapon skins, and other items. One of the GTA 5 pre-order bonuses was the Atomic Blimp which you can see in the image above.
GTA 6 Editions
We haven’t heard anything about GTA 6 editions and we won’t get those details until Rockstar launches the game. That being said, you can expect a few different versions of the game.
Rockstar initially launched three versions of GTA 5: A Standard edition, a Special Edition, and a Collector’s Edition. Each came at a different price point with a different set of bonus items.
For instance, the Special Edition and the Collector’s Edition featured a steel book, a blueprint map, bonus outfits and tattoos, additional weapons, and more.
The Collector’s Edition, the most expensive bundle, came with a hat, security deposit bag, GTA 5 key, along with unique vehicles and properties.
Rockstar also released multiple Red Dead Redemption 2 editions so it’s safe to say this approach will probably be used again with GTA 6.
GTA 6 Price
We haven’t heard anything firm about the game’s price point, but as of right now you can expect the GTA 6 price for Xbox Series X and PS5 to start at $69.99.
This is the going rate for AAA titles these days and there’s no reason to believe one of the biggest games of the decade will command any less.
That should be the price for the standard version of the game. If Rockstar releases multiple bundles, you can expect them to cost more.
GTA 6 Map
The real Red Dead Redemption 2 map leaked ahead of the game’s arrival, but we haven’t seen the official GTA 6 map leak out yet.
GTA 6’s setting is expected to be based on Rockstar’s version of Miami, also known as Vice City. However, much in the way GTA 5 took players out of Los Santos, GTA 6 will likely take players into areas beyond Vice City. Leaks have hinted at places like the Everglades and the Florida Keys.
YouTuber Tyler McVicker has claimed (in a video that has since been made private) the game will also take players to the island of Cuba (Guarma from Red Dead Redemption 2?).
We’ve seen several concepts emerge and they provide us with a detailed glimpse at potential locations and the potential size of the GTA 6 map.
Like Rockstar’s previous games, you can expect an expansive map to explore with various environments. And, according to Bloomberg, we could see Rockstar add to the map over time, kind of like how Fortnite’s map continually evolves.
The report suggests that in an effort to avoid employee crunch, Rockstar plans to “continually update the game over time, adding new missions and cities on a regular basis.”
That being said, you can expect a huge world from the start with, as Bloomberg adds, “more interior locations than previous Grand Theft Auto games.”
GTA 6 Features
Most of what we know about GTA 6’s features come from a hack Rockstar Games endured in the fall of 2022. A user on GTAForums posted 90 videos showing nearly an hour of footage of the unfinished game.
Rockstar and several journalists confirmed the authenticity of the footage and it was revealed that some of the content was about a year old.
We don’t want to spoil anything plot-related in this guide so we’ll cover what we know about the game’s mechanics, some of which come from Rockstar’s previous games.
Here are some of the highlights thus far. Keep in mind, some of these GTA 6 features may not make it into the final version of the game:
- Dialogue system similar to Red Dead Redemption 2’s where you can talk to any NPC.
- Stealth mechanics including carrying bodies and the ability to crawl prone.
- Wanted system.
- Weapon wheel.
- Consumables like painkillers.
- Ability to pick up or drop weapons.
It also looks like we’ll see GTA 6 feature a female protagonist which would be a first for the series.
A well-known leaker claims GTA 6’s multiplayer component won’t include dedicated servers. He claims “Take-Two rejected a proposal for dedicated servers a few years ago.”
McVicker also says there will be a time jump in the game’s plot though no specifics were offered. A time jump, while not confirmed, fits in with Rockstar’s approach as one was included in both GTA 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2.
GTA 6 DLC
With GTA 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar decided not to release premium single-player content, much to the dismay of gamers who enjoyed its offerings for games like GTA 4 and the original Red Dead Redemption. Fortunately, that could change with GTA 6.
According to a noted insider, Rockstar may cut portions of the game in order to get the game out on time and that it may package that content into DLC packs for release at a later time.
This should be music to the ears of those who adored Rockstar’s fantastic single-player DLC expansions, but given that the game is still in development, this news should be taken for what it is: a rumor.
GTA 6 PC Requirements
If you’re looking to buy GTA 6 for Windows PC, note that we probably won’t get the game’s minimum and recommended requirements until we’re close to the release date.
If you’re planning to run GTA 6 at its highest settings, you’ll need to keep your PC up-to-date with the latest hardware. So given that its release isn’t expected for another year or more, be prepared to shell out cash.