On Tuesday, Rockstar Games unexpectedly unveiled the trailer for Grand Theft Auto 6 earlier than planned, following a supposed leak on social media platform X (formerly Twitter). As anticipated, the video swiftly gained traction on YouTube, amassing over 11 million views within two hours of being uploaded to Rockstar Games’ official channel.
The GTA 6 trailer validates numerous previously circulated leaks about the open-world game. A subsequent press release from Rockstar Games disclosed that the game is set to release on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S in 2025. Unfortunately, there’s no information on the PC release, leaving many PC gaming enthusiasts disappointed.
Rockstar Games acknowledged the leaked trailer for the upcoming game on X, stating, “Our trailer has leaked so please watch the real thing on YouTube”. The trailer leak follows the viral spread of a GTA 6 gameplay video. This video provided a glimpse into the highly anticipated gameplay and map of the upcoming game, sparking excitement within the gaming community.
The trailer introduces the series’ first female protagonist, Lucia, who begins her journey in prison, humorously attributing it to “bad luck.”
The trailer also affirms that the setting is Vice City, marked by a prominent sign—expected for series enthusiasts, yet still thrilling. Amidst numerous quick crime shots, we catch glimpses of TikToks and live-streams, suggesting a significant role for social media in the game.
According to Rockstar Games: “Grand Theft Auto VI takes players to the state of Leonida, featuring the neon-soaked streets of Vice City and beyond, marking the most extensive and immersive evolution in the Grand Theft Auto series.”
Set against the backdrop of Tom Petty’s “Love Is a Long Road,” fitting for the numerous car-related crimes depicted, the scenes unfold. True to the Florida setting, alligators make unexpected appearances in places they shouldn’t be.
The conclusion reveals more of Lucia and a male character, evidently both romantically involved and accomplices in crime. Lucia emphasizes, “The only way we’re gonna get through this is by sticking together and being a team.”
Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of Rockstar Games, anticipates GTA 6 to generate $8 billion in net bookings by 2025, as reported by Bloomberg. Noteworthy is the Grand Theft Auto series, initiated in 1997, having sold over 400 million units to date, with the latest installment released in 2013. The over a decade-long interval between GTA 5 and GTA 6 has heightened anticipation among the game’s devoted fanbase for a glimpse of the new release.
According to the data , GTA 5 holds the title of the second best-selling video game globally, with over 190 million copies sold. It trails behind Microsoft’s Minecraft, which has surpassed 300 million copies in sales.