It’s finally happened. After many years of speculation, rumours, and leaks, Rockstar has officially unveiled the next chapter in the Grand Theft Auto series, Grand Theft Auto 6.
A new trailer was released for the game on December 5th, several hours early, after being leaked ahead of its intended release window.
That trailer may not have given too much away about what you’ll actually see when you fire up Grand Theft Auto 6 for the first time, but it did contain tons of new information about Rockstar’s upcoming crime opus.
Here’s everything we know about Grand Theft Auto 6 from the new trailer and Rockstar’s associated announcements!
Grand Theft Auto 6 release date – when is the game coming out?
Unfortunately, Rockstar didn’t announce a full release date for Grand Theft Auto 6 as part of the new trailer’s release.
The studio did, however, confirm that we can expect Grand Theft Auto 6 to launch in 2025, so it’s going to be a little while before we get to play this one.
Clearly, even though Rockstar has had many years to develop Grand Theft Auto 6, the studio needs some extra time to realise what sound like some pretty lofty ambitions for its new game.
Grand Theft Auto 6 trailer – what does it tell us?
The first Grand Theft Auto 6 trailer was released on December 5th, as we’ve established, and it’s currently available on Rockstar’s official YouTube channel.
Soundtracked by Tom Petty’s iconic “Love Is A Long Road”, the trailer seemingly takes place in the sun-soaked streets of Vice City and introduces us to one of our protagonists, Lucia.
The trailer gives us an overview of Grand Theft Auto 6’s setting, including the swampy outlands, neon-soaked inner-city environments, and suburbs you can expect from Vice City.
We also seemingly get to see our second protagonist, who hasn’t been named yet but who can be seen alongside Lucia robbing shops and sharing an intimate moment in a motel room.
Grand Theft Auto 6 platforms – what will the game come out for?
Intriguingly, the press release doesn’t mention a PC launch, which would be somewhat unusual for the franchise.
However, it is worth mentioning that a PC release for GTA 6 could be coming later down the line. Developers have been coming under fire for what many gamers consider to be lacklustre PC ports for a while now, and it’s possible Rockstar wants to avoid that fate for its own game.
If GTA 6 doesn’t launch on PC at all, we’ll be very surprised indeed, but it’s definitely coming to PC and Xbox Series consoles.
Whether or not we can expect GTA 6 on any other platforms remains to be seen, but we can virtually guarantee that you won’t see it for the Nintendo Switch, and you probably won’t see it appearing on whatever Nintendo’s successor to the Switch turns out to be, either.
Grand Theft Auto 6 features – what will you be able to do in the game?
Previous GTA 6 leaks suggested that the game would take place in Vice City and that it would feature two protagonists, and those leaks appear to have been confirmed by this new trailer.
Our first protagonist, Lucia, represents the first female GTA protagonist (if we’re not counting GTA Online, of course, which we very much should not), and our second looks like Lucia’s romantic interest.
We don’t yet know what his name is, nor do we know what the story of the two will be, but we do know that at the beginning, Lucia is asked by what appears to be a probationary worker how she got into her current situation. She replies with “bad luck, I guess”.
Whether you’ll be able to switch between the two protagonists on the fly isn’t something we know just yet, but it seems like it would be a waste of resources to create two fully-rounded main characters and then limit the player to just one of them.
Judging by Rockstar’s press release, it sounds like the open world of Grand Theft Auto 6 will encapsulate more than just Vice City, too.
The press release states that GTA 6 will head “to the state of Leonida, home to the neon-soaked streets of Vice City and beyond”.
It goes on to boast that GTA 6 represents “the biggest, most immersive evolution of the Grand Theft Auto series yet”.
While these statements don’t outright confirm that the entire state of Leonida will be available to roam, they certainly strongly imply that possibility, so it sounds like we’ll be getting an absolutely massive play space to explore.
What else does the trailer tell us about GTA 6’s gameplay?
Well, we can see land, air, and sea vehicles in the trailer, and while our protagonist doesn’t appear to be driving all of them, it’s fair to assume they’ll all be available to help you explore Leonida.
Some kind of social media app also appears to feature prominently in the GTA 6 trailer, suggesting that you may be able to access that social media app yourself in-game, and perhaps even upload your own posts to it.
We see Lucia and her companion robbing stores, too, which suggests that some kind of evolution of GTA 5 and GTA Online’s Heist system could be making its way to the game.
Eagle-eyed viewers will also spot some of GTA’s most famous brands in the game, including the Pißwasser beer brand, as well as new brands that sound like they fit right into the game’s sense of humour, like “Pindayho Cerveza” (a soundalike for the Spanish insult “pendejo”).
Of course, the new trailer isn’t comprehensive, and it doesn’t tell us everything we could possibly know about what’s coming in GTA 6, so it’s likely Rockstar will release new information about the game in the coming months.