GTA 6 rumours have picked up in 2019, and it doesn’t look like they will be going away until after E3 2019.
The most recent reports suggest that Rockstar Games are planning to show off a project during the LA expo, which would be a surprise twist for everyone.
It comes from an online source, meaning plenty of salt is required when taking it in.
The source says it found the information while working for a company that is building a landing page for Take-Two Interactive. This is the same unannounced game that is said to be coming to E3 2019.
It would certainly be a massive shock to fans to finally see Rockstar Games appear at E3 2019 and announce something massive. The Xbox stage would make the most sense, as PlayStation will not be attending this year.
However, even though fans have been waiting six years since GTA 5 was launched, it still seems unlikely that a new Grand Theft Auto game will be announced in June.
But that’s not to say that industry experts haven’t backed Rockstar to announce something before 2020 rolls around. Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter, made a prediction similar to this back in January 2019, telling Gamesindustry.Biz:
“I think we’ll hear about a new BioShock game and a new title from Rockstar, both for 2020.
“It would be cheating to say that the company will announce Borderlands since it will probably happen before this article is published.”
However, there’s no mention from either the source of this new Grand Theft Auto rumour or Pachter on what the game will be.
The idea that GTA 6 would be revealed so soon after Red Dead Redemption 2 seems a little off. Then again, a simple tease released during E3 2019 would be enough to send fans wild before a major launch in 2020.
While neither Rockstar or Take-Two have spoken about their plans for GTA 6, they have revealed that they are open to future games appearing on services like Google Stadia.
It seems a no-brainer that the next Grand Theft Auto game is being made for the PS5 and Xbox Two, and the Stadia would be another good fit.
At a recent company earnings call, CEO Strauss Zelnick made it clear that Take-Two Interactive is ready to support new ventures, especial those which hope to remove the need for expensive hardware to run games.
“We’re very optimistic about the notion of streaming technology bringing our titles to consumers who currently do not have access to them,” Zelnick said.
“The promise of being able to sign on to a service with virtually no barriers; without a box in between, and being able to play our games on any device whatsoever around the world and to do it with low-latency, well, that’s very compelling if that can be delivered.
“The folks at Google minimally have said it will be delivered, and it will be delivered in relatively short order.
“Conceptually, we want to be where the consumer is. We’ll support new entrants. We are a believer in streaming services. We need to have business models that make sense for us, but so far we’re pretty optimistic.”
Zelnick also shared his thoughts on the emerging markets of subscriptions services in the games industry, adding: “You have to find that intersection in business models that serve the customer successfully and also serve everyone else who participates in the value chain,” he said.
“And that may prove to be a little challenging for subscriptions in this space because people do consume video games differently than they consume linear entertainment.”
Google Stadia is expected to offer some kind of subscription, but it also seems likely that games will be available to buy digitally on an individual basis.
GTA 6 appearing on Google Stadia would remove a lot of hardware hurdles for Rockstar Games, as it streams directly from data centres around the world.
It would also make the game accessible on whatever devices Google Stadia runs on, meaning that it could be played on PC long before a proper port emerged.