It’s been nine years since Grand Theft Auto V was released. Since then, it’s been ported to PS4 and Xbox One, with a new PS5 and Xbox Series X|S port coming next month. This has left fans wondering when Grand Theft Auto 6 will arrive, but Rockstar has remained silent. Until now.
Grand Theft Auto 6 is in active development
In a community update blog post, Rockstar Games revealed that the next Grand Theft Auto game is in “active development” after years of silence. Development is also said to be "well underway." No name has been announced yet, but it will presumably be called GTA 6.
“With the unprecedented longevity of GTAV, we know many of you have been asking us about a new entry in the Grand Theft Auto series,” Rockstar wrote.
“With every new project we embark on, our goal is always to significantly move beyond what we have previously delivered — and we are pleased to confirm that active development for the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series is well underway. We look forward to sharing more as soon as we are ready, so please stay tuned to the Rockstar Newswire for official details.”
“On behalf of our entire team, we thank you all for your support and cannot wait to step into the future with you!”
Rockstar didn't share any additional details, so GTA 6's characters, location, and release date are still a mystery. Oh Rockstar, you tease. Still, this is the first time that Rockstar has confirmed GTA 6 is in development, presumably for current-generation consoles and PC.
Recent rumours suggest GTA 6 will return to Vice City, have a female protagonist, and release in either 2024 or 2025. Alas, it's probably going to be a long time until we find out any more details about GTA 6. To help ease the wait, GTA V is getting an enhanced port on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S next month.
Grand Theft Auto V PS5 and Xbox Series X|S release date
In the same blog post, Rockstar confirmed that the GTA V PS5 and Xbox Series X|S port will be released on 15 March 2022.
New graphics modes will support up to 4K resolution and up to 60 frames per second. Other graphical improvements will include upgraded textures and draw distances, HDR options and ray-tracing. Both versions will benefit from faster loading times, while the PS5 version will feature DualSense support with haptic feedback.
Story mode progress and GTA Online characters and progress from last-generation platforms can be transferred to PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, too.
In addition, a standalone version of GTA Online will be available at launch on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. PS5 players can access GTA Online for free for the first three months.
GTA Online will also offer other improvements on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S such as the ability to skip the Story Mode prologue before entering Online and a new tutorial.