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It was in 2022 that Rockstar Games officially announced that GTA 6 was in development. Although the announcement got fans hyped, the New York-based game developer has kept the lid on any information about the game ever since. However, it seems GTA 6 release may happen sooner than fans think.


A new GTA 6 teaser surfaced online on Friday, 21 April 2023 and fans cannot stop talking about it. The reason is simple. For the first time after the official GTA 6 development announcement, fans get to hear a word about the upcoming game from an insider, rather than from a random Reddit account. Before now, all other GTA 6 teasers have come from leaks or rumors from popular YouTubers.

The new GTA 6 teaser came from @HipHopGamer, a popular content creator and video game journalist. In the Tweet, the game journalist was seen standing with Strauss Zelnick, Take-Two Interactive CEO. It is important to mention that Take-Two Interactive is Rockstar Games’ parent company. Accompanying the image were short cryptic sentences.

“#GrandTheftAutoVI! Get hyped is all I can say. I love @RockstarGames. Thank you in Advance. When I tell you that Grand Theft Auto 6 will be a forever moment to remember, Oh man, it’s over.”


Although some fans argued that the game journalist may not have seen the game, the tweet sounded like he did. If @HipHopGamer’s tweet came after seeing the game, then, we can easily decipher from the tweet that GTA 6 development is in the advanced stage and that the release date may be sooner than fans expected.

GTA 6 Release: Oh Man, it’s over

HipHop Gamer with Straus Zelnick (Photo credit @HipHopGamerTwitter)
HipHop Gamer with Straus Zelnick, Take-Two Interactive CEO (Photo credit: @HipHopGamer/Twitter)

The second to the last sentence of the GTA 6 teaser from @HipHopGamer simply said, “Oh man, it’s over”. This is far from meaning that the game’s development was concluded. Rather, what the journalist simply meant was that no game can compete with the GTA 6 that he had seen.

This can be easily deduced from the preceding sentence that said “When I tell you that Grand Theft Auto 6 will be a forever moment to remember…”. Although it is difficult to independently verify if the journalist had seen the game or not, the words seem to emerge from a place of ecstasy.

Also, those who may want to probe further would likely not get any tangible information from the journalist because Rockstar Games would have probably got him to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before allowing him to experience the game.

There is also the possibility that he might have been involved in GTA 6 development to some extent, considering his experience in radio. Those who play certain roles in video games are often invited to studios where they will be required to act out their roles. The development team will use motion trackers to do the rest.

Even if he played a role in the game, he would still be bound by NDA to keep mute until GTA 6 release before he can openly talk about the game. Therefore, there is still no way to verify if he saw GTA 6 in development or if it was just another random tweet laced with clickbait.

If the intention was the latter, @HipHopGamer can rest easy that it was mission accomplished because his cryptic tweet has got fans all worked up once more. The comments on the tweet have been diverse and charged too.

GTA 6 will take inspiration from Red Dead Redemption 2

GTA 6 release

There are strong indications that GTA 6 will be heavily influenced by Red Dead Redemption 2. Rumors have emerged and reported by Screen Rant that GTA 6 may ditch the series’ tried-and-true looting system for a system that shares a resemblance with Red Dead Redemption 2.

In previous Grand Theft Auto installments, including GTA 5, once an adversary or NPCs are knocked out, the loot simply spawns on the ground close to the body. This makes it almost hard to miss—but unrealistic. In Red Dead Redemption 2, the looting system is closer to reality.

In RDR2, players have to wait for the bodies to bleed out before searching for what is left of them. What makes the search even more immersive is that it is animated. There are speculations that GTA 6 will adopt this looting system too.

Also, there are speculations that GTA 6 will allow choice-based conversation—another feature that would be likely adopted from RDR2. If this comes to fruition, it means that players can finally interact meaningfully with NPCs.

As games become more visually engaging with ray-traced details, developers of triple-A games would want to match them with more realistic features, gameplay, and loot systems.

Our concern in all of these evolutions is that games are increasingly becoming too mature that they may one day be highly unsuitable for teenagers—who make up around 21% of video game consumers.

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