GTA 6 release date: PS4 and Xbox One fans get news they had been dreading

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GTA 6 release date news – Bad update for PS4 and Xbox One gamers (Image: ROCKSTAR GAMES)

GTA 6 fans hoping the next Grand Theft Auto game will be heading to the PS4 and Xbox One have been delivered some bad news. Rockstar Games are yet to reveal any official news on GTA 6, but that hasn’t stopped the rumour mill from speculating on the next Grand Theft Auto game. And recently there have been plenty of eye-catching claims made about when the GTA 6 release date will be.

The ball for the latest batch of GTA 6 rumours started rolling in one of the final articles Jason Schreier wrote for Kotaku.

In the piece, about how Rockstar’s culture has changed since the release of Red Dead Redemption 2, Schreier said GTA 6 is the next title Rockstar are working on.

Which is great news for GTA fans as we’re currently in the midst of the longest wait ever for a new Grand Theft Auto game – over six and a half years and counting.

Unfortunately though, first he giveth then taketh away – as Schreier also dropped the news that GTA 6 was in the early stages of development.

Given Schreier’s track record of reliability, Rockstar Games fans took this as all-but confirmation that GTA 6 was awhile off.

However, in the aftermath of these comments a number of high profile Rockstar Games leakers disputed the claims made about GTA 6 from Schreier.

One of those was Tezfunz2 who on Twitter said they had heard GTA 6 was at least “halfway done”.

On Twitter @TezFunz2 posted: “Next title, a new GTA title is in “early stages of development”? It’s hard to believe that when I’m hearing it’s “halfway done” or even beyond that.

“Take note that RDR2 took approximately 8 or 7 years worth of development, main production started right after RDR1 release & recording sessions began in 2013.

“Expect the same with the next title, unless it’s “early” as in we are nowhere near release which is more believable.”

While @Yan2295 said GTA 6 was more likely to be in the “early stages of testing” as opposed to the early stages of development.

In one tweet they said: “Despite what Jason said, there is absolutely no way GTA 6 is still in early stages.”

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GTA 6 release date news – Fans told next GTA is ‘years away’ (Image: ROCKSTAR GAMES)

Yan2295 also added: “I’m telling, it’s just not possible. Unless they have a very weird definition of “early stages”. Maybe early stages of testing, sure, but not of development.”

These conflicting reports may have given GTA 6 fans hope that the next Grand Theft Auto was closer than they thought.

But, responding to Yan2295’s claims, Schreier in a post online has dealt another hammer blow to the hopes of those looking forward to GTA 6.

Replying to the comments from the Rockstar leaker the journalist posted: “Sorry dude, it is. Not what fans want to hear but that game is years away”.

If GTA 6 is indeed years away then that surely all-but rules out it being a cross-gen title like GTA 5 was.

Which would indicate GTA 6 only being for the next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X formats, with PC and Stadia releases also a possibility.

Replying to Schreier’s post Yan2295 still remained sceptical GTA 6 was that far away.

They posted: “I don’t doubt your knowledge and sources, but there is absolutely no way, it just doesn’t work.”

While Schreier also gave another tidbit of news when asked how many years away GTA 6 could be.

The soon-to-be Bloomberg News reporter added: “Who knows? I’m sure they have some vague window in mind but with covid all bets are off”.

Take Two, the parent company of Rockstar Games, have their latest earnings call coming later this month.

The call is scheduled for May 20, and T2 CEO Strauss Zelnick previously said his firm would be delving into their outlook for the next fiscal year during that call.

With so many rumours swirling around GTA fans will surely be hoping they get some information by then or during that call about Rockstar’s future plans.

But fans may be in for some bad news as Zelnick was asked whether the world could expect a new AAA game in 2020 from Take Two in the last earnings call.

And he responded: “So as we always do, you’re going to hear our initial outlook for fiscal ’21 in May, and our labels, of course, always make our product releases.

“We have set our strategy, as you correctly pointed out, is to have a strong frontline release schedule, both iterations from beloved franchises.

“We have 11 franchises that have sold in at least 5 million units within one release as well as new intellectual property, and we are working on the most robust pipeline in our history.

“That said, we haven’t always been able to achieve our goal of having a strong frontline release schedule in every year, even in the recent past.”


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