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Grand Theft Auto VI First Trailer Dropped Early, Launches in 2025 for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S

Grand Theft Auto VI First Trailer Dropped Early, Launches in 2025 for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 04 December 2023 / 3,474 Views

Rockstar Games, following a leak online, has decided to drop the first trailer for Grand Theft Auto VI early.

The trailer for GTA 6 features the song "Love Is A Long Road" by Tom Petty and reveals the game is set in Vice City, a fictional version of Miami, and stars two protagonists.

"Grand Theft Auto VI continues our efforts to push the limits of what’s possible in highly immersive, story-driven open-world experiences," said Rockstar Games Founder Sam Houser in a press release. "We’re thrilled to be able to share this new vision with players everywhere."

View the first trailer for Grand Theft Auto VI below:

Read details on GTA 6 below:

Grand Theft Auto VI heads to the state of Leonida, home to the neon-soaked streets of Vice City and beyond in the biggest, most immersive evolution of the Grand Theft Auto series yet. 

Grand Theft Auto VI will for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S in 2025.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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59 Comments
pikashoe (on 04 December 2023)

Visually looks great, but the trailer itself did nothing for me.

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KratosLives pikashoe (on 04 December 2023)

Yeah trailer gives off recent saint row vibes

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G2ThaUNiT KratosLives (on 04 December 2023)

That’s just Florida

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Machina (on 06 December 2023)

I think someone at Rockstar has a twerking fetish.

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BraLoD (on 04 December 2023)

Looks good, have no hype for it tho.

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Kanemaru (on 04 December 2023)

Almost looks like some Mickey/Mallory kill trip from the movie Natural Born Killers. I like the fact that the 2 main characters appear to be lovers. May be tough if we have to kill one of them at the end.
Looks a little more serious than GTA5 and that's totally fine by me.

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KLAMarine Kanemaru (on 04 December 2023)

I hope not. Hoping for possible happy ending route. GTA 5 had it so I'm optimistic.

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2zosteven (on 04 December 2023)

WOW, gonna be huge!

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trunkswd (on 04 December 2023)

For anyone interested I went over the trailer breaking it down and uploaded it to YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWfmFs_g4ZI

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Dante9 (on 07 December 2023)

I just can't find it in myself to root for criminals and lowlifes, so I'm out of these games. But I guess if the protagonist was a good guy, it wouldn't work.

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TheLegendaryBigBoss (on 06 December 2023)

Hype is off the charts!!! I really hope the PC wait is not long, otherwise I'll end up buying a PS5 to play it on launch.

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G2ThaUNiT TheLegendaryBigBoss (on 06 December 2023)

Historically, at least starting with GTA IV in 2008, a PC release on Rockstar's games, minus RDR1, has been 6 months to 1 year. Or in GTA V's case, a year and a half lol

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KLAMarine (on 04 December 2023)

Got music to look up now.

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Eric2048 (on 04 December 2023)

Yep, definitely looks like a GTA game which is good. I was worried they would tone everything down too much.

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martin_zanza (on 04 December 2023)

Thumbs up for Tom Petty.

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Pinkie_pie (on 04 December 2023)

Man I love the female NPC in the trailer . They look very different to previous GTA games

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G2ThaUNiT (on 04 December 2023)

Looks fantastic, especially for a game that won't be releasing for what could be another year and a half if not more!

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2zosteven G2ThaUNiT (on 04 December 2023)

been in development coming up on 10 years, Rockstar will get this right!

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shikamaru317 2zosteven (on 04 December 2023)

I don't think it has been in active development anywhere near that long, especially with so many of Rockstar's devs on RDR2 until 2018 (Rockstar has about 2000 devs and 1600 of them worked on RDR2, the remaining 400 would have been making GTA 5 Online content most likely). As I recall there was a leak that stated active development began in late 2019, so as a likely Q1 2025 release we are looking at like 5 and a half years of active development time.

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2zosteven shikamaru317 (on 04 December 2023)

entered development in 2014

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shikamaru317 2zosteven (on 04 December 2023)

That would be pre-production presumably. You can't really have GTA 6 in active development with 1600/2000 Rockstar devs on RDR2 until late 2018, and GTA Online also receiving new content from 2014-2018. Rockstar themselves confirmed 1600 of their devs worked on RDR2.

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shikamaru317 G2ThaUNiT (on 04 December 2023)

It's most likely Q1 2025, Take-Two is expecting big profits on this upcoming fiscal year which ends March 2025 for them.

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KratosLives G2ThaUNiT (on 04 December 2023)

It looks good, but looks last gen. This would have been great for ps4

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Hynad KratosLives (on 04 December 2023)

Gotta be the guy who tells you to get your eyes checked.

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KratosLives Hynad (on 05 December 2023)

You're telling me you're seing next gen visuals? Lol. Look at the breakdown. This is a game built up from last gen. Not that there is anything wrong, considering there are games on last gen systems that still rank amongst the best looking games of all time.

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dane007 KratosLives (on 05 December 2023)

Last gen can't handle those graphics

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Pemalite dane007 (on 05 December 2023)

This is all "In-Engine" and "Cinematic" stuff that can have everything baked, not representative of gameplay.

I did take a few notes of some discrepancies where the rendering fell over, such as with subsurface scattering of a few materials producing a very flat pastel look or where the volumetric's intersected the hair incorrectly and produced some shimmering artifacts.

It's still far to early to make any assertions on the complete technical underpinnings of the games foundations however.

But from just the lighting alone and some of the material shaders and alpha effects, if it's in real-time, would have been unachievable on the Xbox One and Playstation 4.

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KratosLives Pemalite (on 06 December 2023)

I've seen better lighting in tlou2 , or just as good. Can anyone confirm ray tracing is being used?

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Pemalite KratosLives (on 06 December 2023)

The Last of Us Part 2 if it had hardware based path tracing, would be a better looking game.

The Probe system/Lightmaps/Baked lighting/Global Illumination looks good in TLOU2, but is full of errors and inaccuracies... I.E. Interactive elements indoors are at a different brightness than it's surroundings.|

As for Ray Tracing... It's a technique games have been using for decades, with varying degrees of complexity.

I.E. Halo 4 on Xbox 360 used it for the subsurface scattering effects on skin with characters in cinematics.

So it goes without saying it's using Ray Tracing.. The real question is the type and complexity of Ray Tracing and whether it is hardware accelerated.

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dane007 KratosLives (on 07 December 2023)

Digital foundry said it's probably using ray trace global illumination

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Pemalite dane007 (on 07 December 2023)

Global illumination is ray tracing.

Anything that uses light bounce in one form or another is ray tracing.

Obviously we still don't know if it's hardware based or if they are using multiple approaches to save on rendering budget.

Either way, can't wait for the PC release.

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dane007 Pemalite (on 07 December 2023)

Ex rockstar said those are the graphics and digital foundry said the same.

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shikamaru317 KratosLives (on 04 December 2023)

I'm seeing pretty noticeable graphics improvements over Red Dead Redemption 2 running on last gen consoles personally. Character models look better (better skin, better hair, etc.), ground textures look better, lighting looks better, grass looks better (for instance compare the grass in the flamingo marsh shot with the grass in similar landscape shots in the RDR2 reveal trailer). This is among the best looking current gen games I have seen personally.

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KratosLives shikamaru317 (on 05 December 2023)

Models and skin texture detail isn't "next gen" . The overall image quality I looks like a slighly improved gta5, but made ground up for ps4. Models aren't as detailed as say tlou2, and considered the game is open world, this would make sense for a game built on last gen technology.

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dane007 KratosLives (on 05 December 2023)

Characters look alot better then rdr 2. Not counting the world detail!. Tlou is a linear game!

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KratosLives shikamaru317 (on 06 December 2023)

Rdr2 was in early console development for ps4. I don't think it was maxing out the ps4's capabilities. There have been other games last gen with amaxing looking grass, but as to why gta6 could look better , rendering differences at play.

Rdr2 had large large vistas to render, and to look consistent. With a city in gta, it's divided by blocks , so while in a certain location, the amount to render isn't as vast, and so there should be more detail in smaller closed off sections.

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dane007 KratosLives (on 07 December 2023)

That could be said for tlou2. It's a small linear game so you expect character rendering to be too notch and the same with environment. If you were to expand them to an open World, then it won't be as GD as rdr2

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KratosLives dane007 (on 08 December 2023)

Which is excactly why I say gta6 looks like a game made for ps4 ground up. Considering tlou2 had better detailerd character models for a linear game, on same console.

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Eric2048 KratosLives (on 05 December 2023)

No way you can get these Graphics with this level of density on PS4.

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KratosLives Eric2048 (on 06 December 2023)

This was a cinematic , not gameplay trailer.

If gta5 was a ps3 game, what exactly would you expect from a game made ground up for ps4?

Had the same trailer came out 4 years ago, no body would be questioning the ps4's capabilities.

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Eric2048 KratosLives (on 06 December 2023)

Rockstar games always end up looking as good if not better than the trailers. So I believe what we see in this trailer is very close to the actual game.

But we will know for sure when they inevitably do their gameplay trailer.

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dane007 KratosLives (on 07 December 2023)

Rockstar ex Dev who worked on the game said it was cutscenes graphics

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Eric2048 dane007 (on 08 December 2023)

He said that's what the in game graphics will look like.

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KratosLives Eric2048 (on 08 December 2023)

Come on , don't tell me you didn't get gta5 vibes when looking at the trailer. Remember gta5 on ps5 is not the same as how a gta would be made from$ the ground up on ps4. It's a ps3 game with better frame rates and minor visual enhancements. What you saw in gta6 is exactly what should be expected from a ps4 made game. Remember game engine upgrades going from ps3 to ps4 would be huge.

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dane007 KratosLives (on 10 December 2023)

You wish PS4 can do those levels of detail. That trailer alone proves it can't be done in last gen consoles..it's alot better then rdr 2

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KratosLives dane007 (on 11 December 2023)

Where did it say in the trailer gameplay running in real time? For all we know it could be in game cutscenes.

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dane007 KratosLives (on 13 December 2023)

Tiny writing in the trailer. Ex rockstar Dev and digital foundry. Rockstar history of their final retail version always looking Better than the trailers

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KratosLives dane007 (on 13 December 2023)

I was playing gta5 on ps5 today, scrolling on the beach. I noticed very similar looking faces of npcs on the boats that were on the trailer. Also the models of people walking on the beach, had the same butt physics bouncing.

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dane007 KratosLives (on 14 December 2023)

U need glasses. Digital foundry said that everything in the trailer is a huge jump from GTA v.. plus we don't know how old is the trailer that they showed

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Eric2048 KratosLives (on 14 December 2023)

Absolutely not. Gta 5 and Gta 6 are night and day difference in terms of graphics. The models, textures lighting are all better in 6. You definitely need glasses.

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KratosLives Eric2048 (on 15 December 2023)

They're better, but only slighly. It's still on the same engine and when u pause it frame by frame, it looks like ps4 title mid way through the ps4 life cycle.

Load up gta 5 and walk along the beach, look at some og the beach goers up close as they walk. Look at the physics , body parts. I was equally impressed with one model I saw walking along . Mind you ps3 had 256 mb ram to work with. Ps4 has 16 times the ram, so what you see in the trailer is in line with what ps4 could produce on screen.

Even car models look as good as the sports cars. They've been a slight boost, and again the amount of cars on screen is what ps4 could have produced going from gta 5 on ps3 with such low ram count.

Building detail seemed on par. What was noticeable in trailer was the improved water physics, textures. Theu definitely put work in new tech in that area.

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The Fury (on 04 December 2023)

What idiot broke the embargo? They aren't getting any info anymore. Well, lets watch this. EDIT: Looks good. Not sure about the social media stuff shown as in game.

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dane007 The Fury (on 04 December 2023)

U had a mobile in GTA v

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The Fury dane007 (on 04 December 2023)

No, not literally. I mean as part of the trailer showing characters, why not just have them as cutscenes without it? Although, does mean it's not set in the 80s. ;-)

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dane007 The Fury (on 04 December 2023)

Hmm interesting. Maybe early 2000s?

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shikamaru317 dane007 (on 04 December 2023)

With a girl twerking on top of a car in the trailer, I'm thinking 2010's or 2020's. Pretty sure some of the cars in the trailer are based on 2010 or later models as well.

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haxxiy dane007 (on 04 December 2023)

It has a pseudo-Tik Tok stream and modern emojis in the trailer, so I think it's present-day.

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kazuyamishima (on 04 December 2023)

This thing will sell a lot of PS5 Pro consoles.

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KratosLives (on 04 December 2023)

God I hate rockstar. Lets release a trailer for a 2025 launch..

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