Your biggest Grand Theft tự động hóa 6 questions answered on the GTA 6 leak, setting, location, characters, & more


Here"s Vice thành phố as it was depicted in 2002 for PS2. We can"t wait khổng lồ see what GTA 6"s Vice city looks lượt thích on PS5 & Xbox Series X. (Image credit: Rockstar Games)
GTA 6 has been officially announced, và then subsequently leaked in quite a spectacular way. We got confirmation from Rockstar Games back in February this year that "active development for the next entry in the Grand Theft tự động hóa series is well underway" - a little cảnh báo snuck in the bottom of a GTA 5 Community Update (opens in new tab).

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On September 18, an unprecedented GTA 6 leak saw over 90 videos and screenshots from an early, in-development alpha build of the trò chơi surface online. Rockstar has acknowledged & authenticated the hack, & is working to scrub the leaked material from the internet. Naturally, this first look at Grand Theft tự động hóa 6 has revealed some new details about the trò chơi – including information on the GTA 6 location, characters, và gameplay. So keep on reading to lớn find everything you need lớn know about GTA 6 so far.

GTA 6 announcement: When was GTA 6 confirmed?

GTA 6 was confirmed in 2022, but Rockstar is yet to lớn release any official screenshots or even a biệu tượng công ty just yet. (Image credit: Rockstar Games)

The first GTA 6 announcement came in February 2022, when Rockstar Games snuck out the news that GTA 6 is "well underway" as part of a broader GTA 5 và GTA Online Community Update. With word that Grand Theft tự động 6 is in "active development", Rockstar said: "On behalf of our entire team, we thank you all for your support and cannot wait to lớn step into the future with you!"

In August 2022, Rockstar"s parent company Take-Two Interactive reaffirmed that GTA 6 development is "well underway" as part of the company"s financial results report. Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick made some big promises for what GTA 6 will achieve: "With development of the next entry in the Grand Theft tự động hóa series well underway, the Rockstar Games team is determined khổng lồ once again phối creative benchmarks for the series, our industry, và for all entertainment, just as the label has done with every one of their frontline releases."

We aren"t linking to the GTA 6 leaks directly, so have a nice screenshot of a lighthouse from GTA 5 instead. (Image credit: Rockstar Games)

There was an unprecedented GTA 6 leak on September 18, 2022, which saw dozens of videos và screenshots from an alleged in-development build of the game spread online. Are you wondering whether the GTA 6 leaks are real? Well, Rockstar has since issued a statement confirming the hack: "We recently suffered a network intrusion in which an unauthorized third party illegally accessed và downloaded confidential information from our systems, including early development footage for the next Grand Theft Auto."

"We are extremely disappointed khổng lồ have any details of our next game shared with you all in this way," the Rockstar statement continues. "We will update everyone again soon and, of course, will properly introduce you to lớn this next game when it"s ready. We want lớn thank everyone for their ongoing tư vấn through this situation."

In the 48 hours since the GTA 6 leak first appeared, the GTA Forums have worked khổng lồ scrub all remnants of the illegally obtained screenshots and videos to lớn avoid being "obliterated by Rockstar". The dedicated GTA 6 reddit has also taken all links, pictures, và videos of the leak (opens in new tab) offline, & has committed khổng lồ staying online with one condition: "We will allow discussions related khổng lồ the leak without attaching the leaks. We don"t allow comments that has tải về links to the leak."

Will GTA 6 be delayed?

GTA 5"s depiction of Los Santos is still impressive nine years later, so it"s no surprise that GTA 6 is taking a while to lớn develop. (Image credit: Rockstar Games)

In the immediate aftermath of the new GTA 6 leak, there was some concern over how the intrusion would impact ongoing development of the new Grand Theft tự động game. Rockstar has since confirmed in an official statement (opens in new tab) that the gian lận will not affect GTA 6 production, or the ongoing security of GTA 5 and GTA Online. "At this time, we vì not anticipate any disruption to lớn our live game services nor any long-term effect on the development of our ongoing projects <...> Our work on the next Grand Theft tự động game will continue as planned và we remain as committed as ever lớn delivering an experience to lớn you, our players, that truly exceeds your expectations."

Release date rumors

GTA 6 release date: When is GTA 6 coming out?

(Image credit: Rockstar Games)

The GTA 6 release date is yet to be confirmed by Rockstar Games. That hasn"t stopped internet sleuths from making some educated guesses. Multiple sources have corroborated a rumor that GTA 6 will release in 2025, which was part of a larger info drop which suggested that Grand Theft tự động hóa 6 would be phối in a modern-day Vice City. It"s always wise to lớn approach this sort of speculation with caution, but with the new GTA 6 leaks appearing to confirm a modernized Vice thành phố setting, perhaps a release sometime in 2025 is right on the money.

Why is GTA 6 taking so long?

The unprecedented success of GTA Online, and the development of Red Dead Redemption 2, has kept Rockstar busy over the last decade. (Image credit: Rockstar Games)

A lot of you are wondering why GTA 6 is taking so long lớn come out. The truth is that, between the success of GTA 5 & GTA Online, not khổng lồ mention the scope of Red Dead Redemption 2, it"s no surprise that Rockstar is taking its time. The studio said as much when it confirmed that GTA 6 was in development. Rockstar went out of its way lớn cite the "the unprecedented longevity of GTA 5" – which has been updated và re-released multiple times in the last nine years.


GTA 6 location: Is the GTA 6 setting Vice City?

The infamous Ocean View Hotel, as seen in Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition (Image credit: Rockstar Games)

The GTA 6 location has long been speculated, but it looks lượt thích we are indeed heading back khổng lồ Vice City. Rockstar has confirmed that the leaked GTA 6 chơi game footage is real, which means we have a better sense of the city and the setting. For starters, one screen shows an underground rail system with the words "Vice đô thị Metro" printed on the side, while eagle eyed viewers may have even spotted familiar spots from GTA 3: Vice City lượt thích the Malibu Club, Ocean View Hotel, Little Haiti, và Vice Beach.

Naturally, the đô thị looks different compared to lớn when you last visited it. Grand Theft Auto: Vice city was phối in 1986, & all signs point to lớn the GTA 6 setting being modern day The appearance of NPCs wielding smartphones và modern clothing is evidence enough that Grand Theft auto 6 is mix in a present day pastiche of Miami, Florida, but if that weren"t enough eagle eyed social media users believe a character references the death of LifeInvader CEO, who is killed by Michael De Santa – so it would appear that GTA 6 is set after the events of GTA 5.


GTA 6 map

A screenshot of Vice đô thị from the Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition (Image credit: Rockstar Games)

While the final GTA 6 maps is yet to lớn be shown, there are some indicators from the leaked video clip and screens that indicate a play space that stretches beyond the confines of Vice City. Much in the same way Rockstar expanded upon Los Santos between Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and GTA 5, a few of the leaked screenshots appear khổng lồ show all-new areas of Vice City. As you may know, Vice city itself is loosely based on Miami, & there"s now speculation that GTA 6 will push further south toward the Everglades (a wetland) & the Florida Keys (a string of tropical islands). Now, the "Gator Keys" were referenced in the original GTA: Vice city as part of a radio broadcast, but the location was never shown in-game. If the screenshots suggest what we think they are, expect the GTA 6 map to contain a mixture of environment types.

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Interestingly, fans are convinced that the GTA 6 maps will be much larger than that of GTA 5. Using leaked GTA 6 coordinates, the GTA 6 subreddit fans are trying to maps out the map itself, and later started stitching GTA 6"s maps together using Google Earth and Paint.Clever folks.


GTA 6 characters: Will there be a GTA 6 female protagonist?

Two characters attacking a fixed location in GTA Online (Image credit: Rockstar Games)

It has been rumored for months now that Rockstar was working on the first GTA 6 female protagonist – at least, a first for the series in the 3d era. A Bloomberg report from earlier this year, which explored the changing company culture within Rockstar North, first reported the news – and it has since been corroborated by the GTA 6 leak. In the early development footage, we"re able to see two new playable GTA 6 characters.

The in-development names for the characters are Jason and Lucia, & it would appear that the character switching system from GTA 5 is returning in some capacity. One leaked đoạn phim showed the pair robbing a diner together, with the player in control of one of the characters while the other was piloted by AI. In another clip, we see character swapping – although it is near instantaneous, rather than the slow perspective shift as seen in GTA 5.


GTA 6 gameplay

GTA 5 had impressive city life, & so we can"t wait to lớn see how Rockstar improves this element of the xuất hiện world for GTA 6. (Image credit: Rockstar)

As Rockstar is yet to release a GTA 6 trailer, it"s difficult for us to say with certainty how this new game will play & how it will innovate on Grand Theft auto 5. However, it"s clear from the early development footage which leaked out that Rockstar is at least investigating và playtesting some new mechanics. For example, it appears that a new series of stealth mechanics are being introduced – with footage depicting characters crawling while prone, & even carrying bodies.

Additionally, the weapon wheel – which was overhauled for GTA 5 – is returning in some capacity, & the leaked footage suggests that Rockstar is introducing new health buff items such as painkillers. We can also see that the Five Star "Wanted" system is returning, and that the VCPD have improved AI routines for tracking Jason and Lucia after you get on their radar.

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Josh West is the UK Managing Editor of He has over 10 years experience in online and print journalism, and holds a tía (Hons) in Journalism và Feature Writing. Prior khổng lồ starting his current position, Josh has served as GR+"s Features Editor & Deputy Editor of games™ magazine, và has freelanced for numerous publications including 3d Artist, Edge magazine, iCreate, Metal Hammer, Play, Retro Gamer, and SFX. Additionally, he has appeared on the đài truyền hình bbc and ITV khổng lồ provide expert comment, written for Scholastic books, edited a book for Hachette, và worked as the Assistant Producer of the Future Games Show. In his spare time, Josh likes to play bass guitar and video clip games. Years ago, he was in a few movies và TV shows that you"ve definitely seen but will never be able khổng lồ spot him in.