Bloomberg journalist Jason Schreier, citing his own whistleblowers divided new details on the next open-world action game in Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto franchise.
According to Schreier, who surveyed more than 20 current and former Rockstar employees, development of the new GTA (codenamed Project Americas) began in 2014 and is progressing at a slower pace than expected.
In recent years, this has been due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and changes in Rockstar’s corporate culture to improve working conditions. In particular, the studio endeavors to refrain from processing to which it is entitled “famous”.
The original plan called for Project Americas to map territories based on large parts of the Americas, but the main map eventually settled on a fictionalized version of Miami and its environs.
As already reported, the game will be expanded to include new missions and cities after the release, which should reduce the degree of processing. At the same time, the world will still be big – with a record volume of interiors for the series.
In his material, Schreier also confirmed that there will be two main characters in Grand Theft Auto VI, one of which (for the first time in the series) will be a woman of Hispanic descent.
It’s also reported that the new GTA was impacted by the departure of Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser in March 2020. Also, there will be fewer jokes about minorities and marginalized groups in the game.
As for the release date, analysts are betting on the release of GTA VI in the next fiscal year (from April 2023 to March 2024), but developers are skeptical about such predictions.
Staff say they don’t know the exact timeline and the game isn’t expected in the next two years. Rockstar is in no hurry: the record success of GTA V and GTA Online has given the studio leeway.