GTA 6 Release Date Update: Next Grand Theft Auto to be even BIGGER with Rockstar addition

It looks like Rockstar is expanding its development team as it gears up to the next generation of consoles.

It’s a well-known fact that publisher and developer Starbreeze Studios (the force behind the Payday Games, the failed The Walking Dead game by Overkill and the Chronicles of Riddick games) is in financial trouble.

In an effort to survive, Starbreeze is selling off assets to other companies – and the first sale was revealed this week. Rockstar Games – the studio behind the Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption games – purchased Dhruva Interactive, the India-based studio that specialised in the creating game art – for $7.9 million.

This means Rockstar now owns Starbreeze’s 91.82 percent share of the studio, and the deal is expected to be formally completed by the end of the first half of 2019. 

That’s good news for Rockstar – more manpower means a quicker turnaround on new titles, in theory – but what could it mean for the next GTA game?

Well, if you look at the previous games Dhruva has worked on, you can see it has a decent pedigree in the open world genre.

In the last few years alone, Dhruva has been credited with work on Halo 5, Forza Motorsport 7, Forza Horizon 3, Days Gone, Sea of Thieves and Fallout 76.

Dhruva lists Ubisoft, Sony, Capcom, Bethesda, Obsidian Entertainment and EA on its list of clients – showing that it is a trustworthy and solid studio when it comes to generating art for triple-A games.

It’s not unreasonable to think that Rockstar has purchased the company to help it formulate the world for GTA 6 – a world that’s rumoured to go back to Vice City and Liberty City – and start really pusing the game forward in the early stages of development.

It’s interesting to note that Dhruva is located in Bangalore – the same city as current Rockstar studio Rockstar India. Could this acquisition lead to a bigger Rockstar India studio, or be the beginning of seeing Rockstar move to an even more service-based games model as it staffs up for a massive release?

Previous leaks about GTA 6 have suggested that the game is already in development and that it will focus more on a service-based model than either Red Dead 2 or GTA V. 

“There are big plans in online and with major content like newer towns,” noted a leaker via PasteBin a few weeks back.

“They are working closely with Microsoft and Sony on cloud gaming which will help them enable online to be a continuous process.”

If Dhruva can speed up the pipeline between content ideation and creation, this could make the online facet even smoother and has the potential to make the world even more ‘lived in’ and authentic.

We look forward to hearing Rockstar’s plans for the future.

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