Rockstar Games plans to announce “Grand Theft Auto VI” this week. Bloomberg reported Monday. The company also plans to release a trailer for the new installment in the blockbuster video game series in December, which also marks the franchise’s 25th anniversary.
A new installment in the Grand Theft Auto series would almost certainly result in one of the biggest releases of the 2020s. “Grand Theft Auto V,” released in 2013, has sold more than 185 million copies and is second only to “Minecraft” in total video game sales.
This game, set in and around a parody of Los Angeles called “Los Santos,” also spawned the wildly popular “Grand Theft Auto Online.”
Rockstar is notoriously reserved when it comes to new “GTA” installments, and details about the game are scant. But hackers released early footage and images from “Grand Theft Auto VI,” which Rockstar published, in 2022 later confirmed that it was authentic. The materials appear to confirm longstanding speculation that the game will be set in a parody of Miami, Florida, which serves as the setting for the 2002 game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
Set in 1986, “Vice City” largely served as a satire of the decade’s excesses, as well as essentially an homage to the 1983 remake of “Scarface.” However, it is expected to be “like “GTA VI” in a modern day environment, as does “GTA V,” the sequel to 20024’s “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas,” set in the early 1990s.
The leak resulted in the sharing of more than 90 videos and photos from the game. There were two teenagers ultimately condemned in the hack in London.