Who would have thought that something – or somethings – so good could come from a company with such a lame name. Rockstar? Really? That’s what children’s T-shirts say at, like, GAP.
Anyway, while I’m apparently going to be kept waiting indefinitely for L.A. Noire 2, Rockstar are now focusing their attentions on the upcoming (sort-of) GTA 6.
GTA 5 is still going strong, mind, and there’s nary a title that can remain at the top of its game for six or seven years quite like that has, only being knocked down by another Rockstar release in Red Dead Redemption 2.
But all good things must come to an end and although the release of Grand Theft Auto 6 does seem like a while away, some leaks have, uhhh, leaked, meaning that we maybe have a bit of information about what to expect.
Surfacing on the ever-reliable Reddit, user JackOLantern1982 has released a list of details that he got from some friends who work for a couple of in-the-know companies, as well as a friend who works for Rockstar who didn’t deny any of the claims (something he usually does). As ever, take these with a pinch of salt…
The next GTA title has been in development since 2012 (1 year before GTA 5 launched). Production didn’t actually pick up properly until mid 2015. Even then it was on ice while the teams focused on RDR2.
It’s another Rockstar Worldwide Production, not just one or two studios, but all.
Codename is PROJECT AMERICAS.
Set in both Vice City and a new fictional location based on Rio de Janeiro, with some linear missions taking place in Liberty City (not open world), think Ludendorff in GTAV. Also been recently hearing about Cuba…
Game will balance realism and arcade. WON’T be as realistic as RDR2.
One playable protagonist this time. Male, not female, despite supposed leaks.
Set in 1970s-1980s.
You play as an up and coming drug lord-wannabe named “Ricardo”. Another key character called “Kacey” is a part of the narrative. You start off as a grunt doing runs as a cocaine smuggler from Vice City to the new large South American area (and visa versa?) before making connections with big time drug lords and making your way up. Multiple cities. There will also be a GIANT prison which will play a part in the game.
Will feature a “CHAPTER” system similar to a Tarantino flick or RDR2.
Weather is a heavy focus. Hurricanes, floods, etc.
Buildings change over the eras, vehicles too. This causes headaches apparently but they managed to nail a pipeline and get it working. So older, rare classic cars get more expensive as time progresses etc. Full economy. Next level.
HEAVILY inspired by Netflix’s Narcos.
They want to have an incredible 70s/80s soundtrack, but jury is still out on that one.
A younger Martin Madrazo will make an appearance as will his father who is a big drug lord at the time. You do some missions for the Madrazo family involving hits on other gangs.
Drug empire building is a mechanic similar to Vice City Stories but bigger. MUCH bigger. Think the GTAOnline system and dial it up to 10. There you have it.
You can only have weapons on your person. No arsenal in your back pocket. Think RDR2 and Max Payne 3.
Your personal vehicle (similar to GTA5 but can now change it) will be like your horse saddle in RDR2. All your equipment is stored in the trunk. Similar to LA Noire. You also store your body armour in the car. If you wear it, it appears, no longer just invisible.
There will be tons of subtitle reading. Think Max Payne 3 amounts. Because the characters speak the language they’re native to. Very immersive. Like watching an episode of Narcos. Whenever you’re in South America, don’t expect to hear much English. Vice City however is a mix of everything. Mostly English though.
Last bit of narrative info, it will discuss topics such as HIV and the immigration crisis of the time. A fictional version of Fidel Castro etc.
Next Gen only. Not PS4/XB1.
Game is now their primary focus, alongside another title (which I believe to be Bully 2).
Game is still in Pre-Alpha so names, locations, details could and probably will change.
No ETA on a release date.
It does sound pretty cool, I’ll give it that.
God I can’t believe I’m going to have to buy a PlayStation 5 soon.
Images via Rockstar, Netflix
Alfie Powell joined as an apprentice and was probably hired because he was likely the only person who applied. He's been blagging his way through writing articles for four years now and he's definitely showing signs of slowing down. When not writing for The Hook, Alfie finds time to indulge in his favourite hobbies, such as drinking and sitting down.Follow