GTA 6 Release Date Update: Grand Theft Auto at E3 2019 is the latest (ridiculous) rumour

Red Dead Redemption 2 may have only been pushed out of the gates by developer Rockstar, but already fans are chomping at the proverbial bit for more information about the studio’s next likely release: Grand Theft Auto 6.

A post over on Reddit (which has since been deleted) spurred rumours that GTA 6 will be announced by Rockstar at E3. According to Daily Express, the post noted that Rockstar would ‘blindside’ gamers with a surprise announcement at the show. 

Apparently, the rumour came from a user that is building a landing page for Rockstar parent company Take-Two, who suggested that a teaser for the currently unannounced game will be shown at the biggest gaming conference of the year.

Though it’s been six years since the launch of Grand Theft Auto 5, we’re skeptical we’ll see the game revealed or teased in any capacity at E3 – and there’s a variety of reasons for that.

First up, Red Dead Redemption 2 has only recently launched. The game’s online portion is still technically in beta, and plans for the game are just starting to get underway. To take momentum away from that at this stage and divert resources and player attention to GTA 6 would be ludicrous.

Next, Rockstar does not do E3. Traditionally, the game has always released its trailers in its own time, off its own back, without any sort of warning beforehand. The company doesn’t tend to team up with platform holders (read: Microsoft and PlayStation), nor does it hold its own conferences at the show. 

Unless something very unusual happens and Rockstar moves away from the decade-or-so of plans its had, we don’t think we’re going to see the company change that up this year. 

Perhaps Rockstar will team up with Google to reveal more plans about supporting Google Stadia at this year’s E3 showcase? Perhaps the developer will shock us all and announce some sort of GTAV Nintendo Switch port? Perhaps the original rumour just came from an attention-starved gamer with a lot of spare time.

We’ll never know. But this isn’t the first rumour about Grand Theft Auto 6 we’ve seen so far (see below) and we very much doubt it’ll be the last. Don’t expect a reveal – or indeed a release date announcement – any time soon.

As we’re at the boundary between this generation and the next, we’re excited to see what Rockstar releases next. The only real specs we have about next-gen so far comes from Sony, who revealed that the PlayStation 5 will be capable of delivering realistic 8K graphics and can potentially eliminate loading times thanks to some incredible new hardware.

So, using next-gen tech like the PlayStation 5’s CPU (which is based on the third generation of AMD’s Ryzen line and contains eight cores of the company’s new 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture) and the GPU ( a custom variant of Radeon’s Navi family that will support ray tracing), it’s safe to say Rockstar will be able to deliver a huge open world.

Let’s use Red Dead Redemption 2 as a baseline for how big the next GTA game may be.

It’s widely agreed that Red Dead Redemption 2 is about four times the size of the first Red Dead Redemption – resulting in the title clocking in at a massive 29 square miles (source).

We don’t anticipate the GTA VI map being bigger than that, necessarily – after all, a more modern day setting would require a higher density of content. But imagine the size of Red Dead Redemption 2 in a more urban environment, with graphics like this, and whatever gameplay elements Rockstar plans to add as we jump between generations.

You can read the rest of our musings about GTA 6’s potential map size at the link.

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