Grand Theft Auto is one of the best performing series of all time, with its latest installment; Grand Theft Auto V becoming the bestselling game of all time within just days of its launch at the end of 2013.
Despite the launch of the game being just a year ago, with its Xbox one, PS4 and PC launch still ahead of it, rumors and potential information about the sequel (currently just referred to as GTA6) are coming out on a regular basis. Although none of these are directly confirmed by Rockstar, they do still have a track record of having a base in fact from previous installments so should not be entirely ignored. The game could also be entirely scrapped and rebuilt multiple times between now and the release, of course.
Assuming that the version being worked on right now will see elements reach the final version; one of the more interesting and perhaps provable of these rumors is that GTA 6 will feature a female protagonist. Based on Grand Theft Auto 4’s story involving Niko Bellic, a very different choice to other video games. Rockstar have even said that they’re willing to use different characters to create unique stories, making a female playable character a near certainty.
This unique stories point drives us to a slightly more recent piece of information that has been floating around the Internet, relating to GTA 6’s setting. The Grand Theft Auto series usually focuses on 3 separate locations which is rotates between from game to game. These are Liberty City, San Andreas and Vice City. The last two main series games GTA 4 and GTA 5 were set in Liberty City and San Andreas respectively, meaning a Sequel is very likely to either take the third city, Vice City or indeed to leave the three city formula entirely.
Although the Internet has been running wild with news regarding alternative settings, such as Houston, Texas and a few other slightly more unconventional locations; a quote from Leslie Benzies, President of Rockstar North does seem to put doubt onto all of that as “re-imagining Vice City would be very interesting”.
This is certainly a sentiment I can agree with, as Vice City hasn’t been visited in full HD yet, and various other games have shown us just how incredible a city a night can truly be done when using the right tech. Combine this with Rockstar’s usual level of story telling and visual quality and you’ll get a rendition of Vice City/Las Vegas that should be one of the more exciting locations in gaming.
So, GTA 6 is all but confirmed to be in Vice City and although it’s going to be many years away, we can expect a game which looks absolutely stunning, especially given the time line they have to work on it. GTA 6 will likely launch somewhere in the middle of the life cycle of the Xbox One and PS4, and will likely have a simultaneous PC release.