Recently leaked footage has given fans an early glimpse at Grand Theft Auto 6’s setting, characters, and gameplay. The unauthorized release in September 2022 showed over 50 minutes of test footage from Rockstar’s upcoming open-world crime game.
The leaks confirm speculation that GTA 6 will take place in a modern-day version of Vice City, Rockstar’s fictional depiction of Miami. Players take control of two criminal protagonists, Jason and Lucia, who appear to embark on a Bonnie and Clyde-style crime spree across the city.
Gameplay segments show the ability to rob stores, engage in shootouts with police, and operate various vehicles including cars, boats, and public transportation. New movement mechanics like crouching and crawling are also featured, along with a “Deadeye” style aiming system that highlights enemies.
While unpolished, the footage provides clues about GTA 6’s expanded scale and level of detail. Vehicles showcase adjustable controls, and the metro system implies a larger world map. Early rumours suggest GTA 6’s Vice City could be double the size of GTA V’s Los Santos setting.
Rockstar has yet to officially unveil GTA 6, but confirmed earlier this year that development is well underway. Speculation points to a release window between April 2024 and March 2025, based on comments from publisher Take-Two. The company also hinted GTA 6 will kick off a “new phase of growth” for the series.
To mitigate crunch and shorten gaps between releases, Rockstar may deliver a moderately sized initial game expanded through regular updates. While disappointing for some fans, this approach could ease pressure on developers.
With over half an hour of leaked footage now circulating, Rockstar is facing immense pressure ahead of GTA 6’s eventual reveal. But with the company promising the next entry will “exceed players’ expectations,” fans remain hopeful the wait will prove worthwhile.