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Rumor: GTA 6 Might Get Delayed to 2026 as Production Falls Behind

Rumor: GTA 6 Might Get Delayed to 2026 as Production Falls Behind - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 April 2024 / 6,146 Views

A new report from Kotaku claims Grand Theft Auto VI might miss its 2025 release window and be delayed to 2026. This is according to sources with knowledge of the development of the game.

The sources say that "early 2025" is the internal goal to release GTA6, however, development on the game is "falling behind" and Rockstar leadership is worried the game might slip into 2026. 

A delay to 2026 according to the sources is considered a "fallback plan" or an "emergency" option if needed. Rockstar Games in the past has waited until the "last minute" to make changes to plans.

A report from Bloomberg states Rockstar Games has asked its employees to return to the office full-time in the beginning of April. It says  Rockstar head of publishing Jenn Kolbe told employees the company plans to end hybrid working for productivity and security reasons, and believes there are "tangible benefits" for working in the office.

Grand Theft Auto VI is one of the most anticipated games of all time with the first trailer topping 100 million views in about a day and a half.

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

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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TallSilhouette (on 22 March 2024)

I basically assumed that from the start.

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VAMatt (on 22 March 2024)

Everybody knew this was a 2026 release (at best), when they said it would launch in 2025. I'll put it like this:

2025: 2% chance
2026: 75% chance
2027: 23% chance

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2zosteven VAMatt (on 22 March 2024)

i like those percentages

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javi741 (on 22 March 2024)

At this point might as well wait to just release it on PS6

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DaAndy javi741 (on 22 March 2024)

Of course it later also will release on PS6 and XBSeries2 - that is like 120% given. And I even would not be shocked, if GTA5 would be ported to PS6 and XBSeries2 as well. ;) For example I can think of GTA5 to be released on Launch for both consoles and GTA6 to follow 6-12 Month later.

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hellobion2 (on 24 March 2024)

Well it's better that they have time to get the game done right.

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V-r0cK (on 23 March 2024)

How can production fall behind when the previous game was released 11 years ago? Man they're slow lol jk

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SuperRetroTurbo (on 23 March 2024)

Finally, good news to hear a major game back on schedule...

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Salnax (on 22 March 2024)

"Grand Theft Auto VI is one of the most anticipated games of all time "

Does anything else even compare?

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JWeinCom Salnax (on 22 March 2024)

Frog Fractions 2.

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Pemalite JWeinCom (on 22 March 2024)


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Zkuq Salnax (on 22 March 2024)

Half-Life 3 would like a word with you, if it existed.

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SAguy Zkuq (on 22 March 2024)

Half life isn't even close to as big of a franchise as GTA. The only series that are bigger are tetris or Minecraft. The only series that are close to as big as it are Mario cart or PUBG.

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Zkuq SAguy (on 23 March 2024)

No, but I'd say it's still a fair comparison, considering all the anticipation. I think the anticipation of GTA VI has been relatively tame in comparison, even though it probably is the more anticipated game.

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LivncA_Dis3 Salnax (on 22 March 2024)

Starfail and
Cybershiet*t 2069

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KLAMarine Salnax (on 23 March 2024)

Knack 3

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KratosLives Salnax (on 25 March 2024)


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TheLegendaryBigBoss (on 25 March 2024)

Hopefully the delay is to optimise it on PC so it releases on the same day as consoles

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