'Grand Theft Auto 6' release date news: Game not delayed; Rockstar to release it at a later date on purpose


The moment Rockstar Games announced that “Red Dead Redemption 2” was scheduled to come out in fall 2017, fans of “Grand Theft Auto” (GTA) started wondering if “GTA VI” is next on the studio’s list. Well, it may well be, but sources say Rockstar will have to focus on the third entry in the “Red Dead” series first before they even think of developing a game as huge as “GTA VI.” Rockstar has too much on their plate right now.

Multiple reports say if that’s the case, then the game may come out in 2018 at the earliest. In the meantime, the studio will probably continue developing updates and minor downloadable content for “GTA V.”

However, Christopher Groux of iDigitalTimes disagrees with the notion that the game will be delayed because of “Red Dead Redemption 2.” Groux says Rockstar has the resources to develop games simultaneously because it has several subdivisions and over a thousand employees at their disposal. He stated that the titles are being developed by two different divisions.

Groux pointed out that Rockstar San Diego is working on “Red Dead Redemption 2,” while Rockstar North is handling “GTA VI.” He noted that the game is not delayed at all, but it will arrive at the time it is supposed to.

He also made a good point by saying that if “GTA VI” gets released at a later date, it doesn’t mean that it was delayed. If this happens, it was just because Rockstar wanted to make the most out of “Red Dead Redemption 2.”

“What could make ‘Grand Theft Auto 6’ release later than expected isn’t so much about ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ as it is what Rockstar hopes to accomplish financially. Release calendars are mostly driven by fiscal responsibilities. Rockstar likely wants to make as much money off ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ as possible, so there may be some distance required to capitalize on that product. ‘Grand Theft Auto 6’ might also be needed to pad a predicted slower financial period too. Like everything else, most of these situations tie to money.”