Anticipation couldn’t be higher for the next game in the Grand Theft Auto franchise. The success of Grand Theft Auto Online has driven sales of Grand Theft Auto 5 for over eight years, but there’s a clearly a hunger for what Rockstar’s working on next. For now, Rockstar is remaining silent on Grand Theft Auto 6, but it’s just a matter of time before an announcement is made. Fans may want to hope that’s some time away, however, as one insider is warning that Grand Theft Auto 6 may need more time than Rockstar has.
An insider that provides frequent insight into Rockstar, as well as other industry leaks, recently shared some concerning thoughts on Twitter. AccNGT dropped three notes about Grand Theft Auto 6‘s development, starting with a message saying “Some people don’t realize how chaotic the development is.” It’s both unclear who AccNGT is referring to by “some people,” whether they mean fans, press, or even those within the company, and just what they mean by “chaotic,” which could mean behind schedule, frantic, or any other number of things.
The second note in AccNGT is perhaps the most concerning. They say that they believe there will be “disappointment” for many regarding Grand Theft Auto 6. They confirm that they’re not talking about Grand Theft Auto 6‘s graphics, implying those will obviously impress, but rather “some aspects” of the game are going to disappoint. This could be tied to recent comments that Grand Theft Auto 6 isn’t as “funny” or “edgy” as past games, or that it’s potentially more of an online game than players expect.
Third, AccNGT says cryptically that if Grand Theft Auto 6 is announced in 2021 or in early 2022, “we can be really worried.” They don’t elaborate on this point, but the implication is that Grand Theft Auto 6 isn’t ready to be announced, and if it is, that means Rockstar or its parent company Take-Two are pushing the game’s development faster than it should be.
AccNGT isn’t the only insider that’s sounded the alarm about Grand Theft Auto 6‘s development. A rumor spread by content creators in November claimed that Rockstar had rebooted the development of Grand Theft Auto 6 following the departure of co-founder and writer Dan Houser. That has, obviously, not been officially confirmed or commented on.
Rockstar is known for its tumultuous development cycles. In 2018, following the launch of Red Dead Redemption 2, reports came out regarding a toxic workplace culture at Rockstar that was fueled on crunch – long development hours that could last months if not years. Rockstar then reportedly went through tremendous changes to fix its culture, so it would be disappointing if Rockstar falls back into bad habits. For now, all Grand Theft Auto fans can do is wait to hear more.
Grand Theft Auto 6 is rumored to be in development.