Rockstar might leave behind Grand Theft Auto 5 and RDR2 for GTA 6

Grand Automatic Flight 6 is one of the most anticipated games of all time. With nine years since Auto grand theft 5, and more to come by the looks of things, it’s the longest running series without a mainline release. Even with GTA 6 seemingly in quite a while, Rockstar appears to be restructuring its plans for existing projects to accommodate it.

While rumors have been circulating for years, GTA 6 was only officially confirmed to be in the works via a Tweet in February 2022 – although current Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier reports that it’s been in development since 2014. Even with all that development time, there’s no not know much about the game. So far it is suspected that GTA 6 will take place in the Grand Theft Auto the fictional universe’s version of Miami, known as Vice City. In addition to this main setting, he can venture into other cities, and possibly even different countries as the game progresses. It has also been suggested that it will follow a female protagonist for the first time.


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The end of an era for GTA 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2

Fans are aware that support for Red Dead Redemption 2 online component, red dead online, has been ending for some time. A blog post from Rockstar Games in July 2022 suggested that support for the game would slow down and eventually come to a halt in the future, citing “the constant shifting of more development resources to the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series.” This announcement came after what had already been a period of poorly received content updates for red dead online while fans saw GTA online get more substantial and consistent updates over the same period.

The story of GTA 5 support paints a different picture. Few games have received as much post-launch support as GTA 5 since 2013. It has been made available on three successive console generations and has received regular updates and content expansions over its nine-year run. To the chagrin of some, it was all for GTA online rather than a single-player story DLC. But it looks like that support is also going to end, probably due to the development of GTA 6.

Rockstar has posted a credits page and a thank you message on its website dedicated to everyone involved in making the game a success. GTA 5 and its online component. The page does not explicitly mention end of support or any plans regarding GTA 6, but the consensus based on the wording of that “thank you” message is that it’s an emotional farewell to the game.

The importance of this decision is difficult to underestimate given GTA 5 is the most profitable entertainment medium in history. This is largely due to the continued dominance of GTA online and its Shark Card microtransactions. The decision to reduce support is therefore certainly not one that Rockstar takes lightly. While it is true that support for GTA online ends, it’s a great sign that the developer is focusing as much as possible on GTA 6.

What does this mean for GTA 6?

Disappointment at the end of support for GTA 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2 is understandable. GTA online has a huge and loyal fanbase, meanwhile red dead online ended on a pretty sour note for a lot of fans. However, there are many reasons why these plans are both necessary and beneficial.

There are two big things these plans can entail. The first is that fans could finally receive some concrete news about GTA 6. So far, the only official information is confirmation from Rockstar that development is underway. With development seeming to shift entirely to the new project, this may mean the developer is ready and able to provide more details, such as GTA 6 trailers or release dates.

The second implication concerns the quality of GTA 6 himself. A lot has changed in the industry since GTA 5 published, including some more worrying trends. In particular, a cycle of over-promising and under-delivering has become increasingly common, especially in the realm of AAA open-world securities. Developers planning huge titles have sometimes released games that looked unfinished. The first versions of No Man’s sky, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Anthem, and Cyberpunk 2077 are some of the most notable examples. Hopefully moving as many resources as possible to GTA 6 means that not only will it be a good game overall, but it can release in decent day one condition.

Movement of teams to GTA 6 development can also benefit these teams. The crunch culture in video game development is an increasingly relevant concern, and Rockstar in particular finds itself at the center of such criticism, with former VP Dan Houser openly admitting that employees worked 100 hour weeks while developing Red Dead Redemption 2. The company has happily indicated that it is committed to changing that and putting everyone on deck to GTA 6 could be part of that promise.

Grand Automatic Flight 6 is currently in development.

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