The Grand Theft Auto (GTA) community finds itself deep in heated debates as anticipation grows for the yet-to-be-officially-unveiled GTA VI. At the heart of the discussions is the game’s potential live-service model, a direction that has caused a divide among fans.
A significant section of the fanbase remains wary, drawing from the experiences with Grand Theft Auto V. Although GTA V received widespread acclaim upon its release, the shift in focus towards the GTA Online component and its microtransaction structure left many fans desiring more traditional content. This sentiment is echoed by some fans who fearfully suggest that GTA VI’s online mode will usher in a “microtransaction hell” that may even influence its single-player mode.
However, GTA VI promises to be anything but ordinary. Speculations have swirled, suggesting an expansive open world, possibly one of the most significant ever seen in video gaming. Fans expect this world to continuously grow and evolve, providing players with new areas to explore and activities to partake in. But it’s the idea of a live-service approach that has created a chasm in the community.
A post by Reddit user Rtzx1 crystallises the sentiment of hopeful fans: “‘GTA 6 will be so much worse than you expect I guarantee this’ Can’t wait for people who think like this to be proven wrong once GTA 6 comes out and it’s a masterpiece.” This optimistic outlook is grounded in Rockstar’s track record and the game’s rumoured lengthy development time, which supposedly began as early as 2015, just two years after GTA V’s release.
Another fan voiced a broader perspective, pointing out Rockstar’s abundant resources: “After spending 6-7+ years to make a game and having billion after billion in revenue from microtransactions I would sure as hell hope it’s a good game. R* has unlimited time and resources and is a video game behemoth, I’m not sure why everyone acts like it’s so impressive that GTA 6 will be better than an average game.”
The legacy of Rockstar’s focus on the single-player aspect of their games hasn’t been lost on the fans. With GTA VI, the excitement is palpable, especially surrounding the upcoming protagonists, named Jason & Lucia. One fan remarked, “The single-player aspect of Rockstars games has always been the selling point and has always been the primary focus for Rockstar… Rockstar is also aware that GTA 6 needs to impress, and it seems like they are looking to make that happen.”
Given the substantial hype, many argue that it’s hard to envision a scenario where GTA VI doesn’t succeed, especially with the game’s official reveal yet to happen. Rockstar’s publisher has hinted at a 2025 release date, meaning a detailed gameplay reveal might be just around the corner. And when it does drop, fans can expect to engage with it on platforms including the Xbox Series X/S, PS5, and PC.