GTA 6 release date update: Rockstar reveals next-gen PS5, Scarlett development in progress

Rockstar is apparently well underway on its construction of Grand Theft Auto 6, but so far all we’ve heard about the game comes in the form of whispers and rumours. 

Now – finally! – we may have had our first piece of solid information about the game surface thanks to a job advert, of all places.

Rockstar Games, the developer of the popular sandbox series, recently posted a job advert wherein it was noted the studio is looking for environmental artists. But the interesting part comes in what the developer asks in the text of the ad: the role will be for upcoming projects, where you’ll be tasked with creating “next-generation” open worlds.

This is, therefore, the first confirmation that Rockstar Games is working on titles that will be released on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett. That’s pretty exciting in itself!

So why do we think this is going to be GTA 6?

Well, we only saw the release of Red Dead Redemption 2 last year, and we learned recently that Bully 2 was cancelled. Common sense suggests that this will be a follow-up to the most successful piece of media ever released… GTAV.

You can read the full job description for the Rockstar Leeds position below.

“We’d like to hear from the industry’s most talented environment artists!

“Join our team to create next-generation worlds for some exciting upcoming projects! Strong modelling and texturing skills are not enough. Candidates must be able to create immersive, living, and fully-realized environments.

“As an Environment Artist working at Rockstar Leeds, you will be responsible for creating exciting and believable artwork, creating and texturing environment assets for the biggest and best open-world environments in the industry. You will have previous experience of working on a large games production and be mindful of memory restrictions and design requirements.

“We prize an ability to demonstrate individual design skills; including concept and creation of assets that are both original and yet still keep a look and feel of their specific real-world references.”

Rockstar Leeds is credited as helping with the development of Grand Theft Auto V back in 2013, so it stands to reason that the company will be helping out with the next game in the series, too.

The studio also helped with development on Red Dead Redemption 2, where the studio was listed as part of the collective Rockstar Studios. 

We’ve heard nothing about any other Rockstar IPs coming back any time soon, so our money is on this role being for the highly-anticipated GTA 6.

GTA 6 – What We Know So Far

As we edge more and more towards this exciting new benchmark in sandbox gaming, we’re trying to figure out exactly what it’s going to look like when it arrives and to that end we’ve been looking at other mods and creations to see what GTA 6 can realistically deliver when it launches sometime in the next, well, decade.

We’ve already got an idea about the graphics we could see, and some potential locations for GTA 6 may have already leaked, too.

Further to that, we’ve also speculated about the size of the game’s map previously by taking Red Dead Redemption 2’s size and looking at how Rockstar has iterated on that kind of base between games (and generations) before.

Plus, last week, we saw a post of a possible GTA 6 map published online: thanks to Dexerto, we can see what the map would look like if we composite all the locations from previous games into the game place.

You can see this speculative GTA 6 map in all its glory at the link.

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