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When is GTA 6 coming out? Release date, settings and characters revealed in leaked trailer

When is GTA 6 coming out? Release date, settings and characters revealed in leaked trailer

The first trailer for GTA 6 has answered some of the biggest questions about the long-awaited game.

Arriving several hours before the scheduled release time due to a leak, the 90-second clip gave fans their first look at the new entry's protagonists, setting and diverse cast of non-playable characters.

Here's what we learned from the first GTA 6 trailer, including the game's release year and where you'll be able to play it first.

When is GTA 6 coming out?

Fans riding high on the first trailer's glossy visuals may have been disappointed when the game's tentative release date was confirmed at the end of the clip. As the title flashed across the screen, the text below it revealed that GTA 6 would arrive in 2025. The launch date was a gut punch for fans who had been hoping to play it as soon as next year. It didn't help that Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two previously raised hopes by teasing that a major release was on the horizon.

In a press release in May, the company forecasted a record-breaking windfall in profit for its fiscal year 2025, which covers April 2024 to March 2025.

"We expect to enter this new era by launching several ground-breaking titles that we believe will set new standards in our industry and enable us to achieve over $8 billion (£6.5 billion) in net bookings," the gaming company said.

What platforms will GTA 6 be on?

Rockstar's website said the game will launch on current-gen consoles in 2025, including the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.

Will GTA 6 be on PC?

There's no word on a PC release but we wouldn't be surprised to see it launch a few months later in the vein of GTA 5.

Will GTA 6 be on PS4?

Unfortunately for PS4 owners, the game won't be released on last-gen hardware. All the more reason to add a PS5 or Xbox Series X or S to your Xmas wishlist. Or, you could wait it out for the PS5 Slim, which is arriving in the UK soon.

GTA 6’s setting

We'd already heard rumblings that GTA 6 would be set in Vice City, a fictional take on Miami, Florida, and the trailer confirmed that.

Loosely based on the cities of Miami and Miami Beach and set in the fictional state of Leonidas, it looks gorgeous and – given Rockstar’s penchant for creating massive, detailed open worlds – it is no surprise the game will feature Everglades-style swamp areas.

In the trailer, we see an airboat careening through a swamp. There are two quick scenes of this area. One is set on a beautiful sun-dappled morning, the other during the day, with dozens of flamingos on-screen at once.

There are also a couple of scenes of alligators intruding into shops and people's homes. While the list of oddball characters includes dirt bike gangs, a convict covered in face tats, a hammer-wielding Karen, and a woman twerking on a moving car.

As older fans will recall, Vice City was the setting for 2002’s Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Early reports suggested the game world may be larger than that of GTA 5, while the previous Vice City was a relatively small collection of islands.

What is GTA 6’s rumoured story?

As has been widely reported, we're getting the series’ first female protagonist. One of GTA 6’s main characters is a woman named Lucia. We see her in prison and out of it, committing an armed robbery with her male partner (who was previously identified in leaks as Jason).

Like a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde. the duo are likely to venture on a crime-fuelled odyssey across the state of Leonidas, taking in its deranged sights and sounds, and clashing with its underworld milieu.

As Tupac and Jay-Z famously sang: "All I need in this life of sin, is me and my girlfriend."

In a 2013 interview with the Guardian, Dan Houser explained why a woman wasn’t playable in GTA V and how the team could make it happen in the future.

“We didn’t really think about it this time [of GTA V]. That’s not to say that we couldn’t or we wouldn’t. This character set is just what came to us: it wasn’t, ‘We’ve got X and Y so we need Z’, we weren’t trying to do it off a checklist – I don’t think that will ever give you something that’s believable or engaging.

“In the future, could we do a game with a lead female character? Of course. We just haven’t found the right game for it yet, but it’s one of the things that we always think about. It didn’t feel natural for this game but definitely for the right game in the future – with the right themes, it could be fantastic,” Houser said.

Other rumours have hinted at the possibility of a playable female character who is the clever one in the group and is great at using technology and hacking. Sounds great to us.

What has Rockstar said about GTA 6?

In February last year, Rockstar confirmed that a new entry in the GTA franchise was in the works.

“With every new project we embark on, our goal is always to significantly move beyond what we have previously delivered – and we are pleased to confirm that active development for the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series is well under way," the company said.

GTA 6 leaks

Following a raft of high-profile leaks, Rockstar may be cagey about announcing more news.

In September 2022, a UK-based hacker broke into the company’s servers and published almost 100 videos of an early in-development version of the game. A candidate for the most substantial pre-release video game leak ever, it showed the game in a state never intended to be seen by the public.

GTA 6 may have been leaked again before the imminent release of its first trailer.

A TikTok account called @i_see_in_4k shared two short videos of the game on Saturday December 2.

Both clips show what appear to be the game's map, and a camera panning to show a section of the city with skyscrapers in the distance and a highway to the side.

Soon after the footage appeared on TikTok, a trusted gaming news site called GTABase reported that "it appears the 'leaked' footage has come from the son of a Rockstar Games employee".

Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar has not confirmed the authenticity of the leaked footage, nor has it spoken on who was behind it.

Then, in the most infamous leak yet, the game's trailer was leaked on social media hours before its auspicious release date. The grainy, low-quality clip was watermarked with massive text that read "Buy BTC" in reference to the cryptocurrency bitcoin.

Rockstar reacted by swiftly uploading the trailer to YouTube, while the account behind the leak was banned from X, formerly Twitter.