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GTA 6 release delayed to avoid Cyberpunk mishap, insider reveals Rockstar Games strategic move

Rockstar insider reveals GTA 6 delays aimed at avoiding 'Cyberpunk' chaos. Release postponed to fall 2025 for immersive gaming experience.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: May 24 2024, 13:39 IST
5 notable things we saw in the GTA 6 trailer: Release date, characters, location and more
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1/5 Based in Vice City - Rockstar Games has brought back Grand Theft Auto to Vice City, its own fictional take on Miami but not for the first time. Vice City was first introduced in 2002’s GTA: Vice City. GTA 6’s open world is set in the state of Leonida and will feature iconic locations from the previous game such as Vice Beaches, Kelly County, Hamlet, Port Gellhorn, and more.  (Rockstar Games)
GTA 6 release delayed to avoid Cyberpunk mishap, insider reveals Rockstar Games strategic move
2/5 Two playable characters - We now know that GTA 6 will feature two protagonists - Lucia, and an unnamed male character, which leaks say is named Jason. It would be the first time in the HD universe that the Grand Theft Auto series will get a playable female protagonist. While not many details were revealed, the two characters were shown committing multiple crimes, hinting at a possible Bonnie & Clyde relationship. (Rockstar Games)
GTA 6 release delayed to avoid Cyberpunk mishap, insider reveals Rockstar Games strategic move
3/5 New features - As seen in the GTA 6 trailer, the game will feature a vast range of vehicles. Apart from traditional vehicles such as cars, trucks, boats, planes, helicopters, bikes, jet skis, and yachts, GTA 6 might also feature quad bikes, biplanes, hover boats, amphibious trucks, monster trucks, and cruise ships. Car customization might also be heavily featured in the game, with possible street racing returning. Players might also be able to join up at car meets. GTA 6 will also feature three gangs, with two of them already being named. There are a lot of animals too, with crocodiles and dogs already seen in the trailer. And yes, GTA 6 will feature DJs. (Rockstar Games)
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4/5 Inclusion of social media - GTA 6 will feature social media, as seen in the trailer. Social media posts can be seen, with players potentially being able to record themselves and post the clips online for the world to see. Moreover, GTA 6 is also likely to feature real-time reporting of events, as footage of crimes committed by the protagonists was shown in the trailer. (Rockstar Games)
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5/5 Release timeline, platforms - After years of waiting, we finally know the release timeline of GTA 6. Rockstar Games has announced that GTA 6 will be released in 2025, almost 12 years after the launch of GTA 5. The company has also revealed that it will be coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S systems, meaning that PC players might have to wait before getting their hands on the next Grand Theft Auto game. (Rockstar Games)
GTA 6 release delayed to avoid Cyberpunk mishap, insider reveals Rockstar Games strategic move
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Rockstar insider unveils GTA 6 delay tactics to prevent "Cyberpunk" mishap, ensuring a polished gaming experience. (Rockstar Games)

An insider from Rockstar Games has unveiled the strategic moves behind the delayed release of the highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto 6 (GTA 6). Speculations about the game's postponement have been confirmed, with the studio opting to steer clear of a debacle akin to the notorious launch of Cyberpunk 2077.

Rockstar Games Deliberate Approach

Tez2, a trusted source within Rockstar Games circles, recently disclosed that GTA 6 has faced not one, but two delays internally, all in the pursuit of delivering a polished product to fans. The reference to "Cyberpunk" here echoes the cautionary tale of the troubled release of Cyberpunk 2077 back in 2022.

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Addressing the murmurs surrounding GTA 6's delayed launch, Tez2 responded to inquiries on GTA Forums on May 17, 2024. The confirmation came in reply to a user named BS_BlackScout, who expressed concerns about rushing the game's development following Take-Two Interactive's announcement of the release window.

Setbacks and Adjustments

Tez2 clarified that while Take-Two initially targeted a late 2024 launch, Rockstar Games faced setbacks, pushing the release window to spring 2025 and now to fall 2025. This marks the third potential release window for GTA 6, illustrating a familiar pattern reminiscent of the delays seen with Red Dead Redemption 2.

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Take-Two Interactive's commitment to delivering a polished gaming experience with GTA 6 has led to this cautious approach, affording Rockstar Games ample time to refine the game before its eventual launch. The decision to withhold the exact release date appears to be a strategic manoeuvre to ensure a smooth rollout.

Challenges Ahead for Players

However, PC gamers may need to exercise patience as they await their turn to delve into the latest instalment of the franchise. Moreover, reports suggest that not all PlayStation users will have immediate access to the game upon release.

Also read: GTA 6 release may exclude half of PlayStation gamers amidst anticipation for next-gen gaming phenomenon

According to video journalist Stephen Totilo, Sony's recent revelation regarding the significant number of monthly active users still on the PlayStation 4 poses a challenge. With GTA 6 rumoured to be exclusive to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and the anticipated PS5 Pro, a sizable portion of PlayStation users may need to upgrade their consoles to partake in the GTA 6 experience.

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First Published Date: 24 May, 13:39 IST
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