6 Reasons Why You'll Have To Wait Until At Least 2020 For The Next 'Grand Theft Auto' Game
The Grand Theft Auto 5 (GTA 5) was first released on September 17, 2013, on the PS3 and Xbox 360. The following year, it came to the PS4 and Xbox One platform on November 18, 2014. Finally, on April 14, 2015, it came to Microsoft Windows.
Yeah, next month, it would be 5 years since the game’s release and fans are wondering when the Grand Theft Auto 6 (GTA 6) is coming. Well, a report claims that we won’t be seeing it until at least 2020 because of 6 reasons. Let’s review them, shall we?
- “GTA 5” Still Sells
According to the report, since the game’s release on September 2013, it has been in the top 20 best-selling games list 57 out of 58 times. It was only in October 2014 that it dropped to the #21 spot.
In fact, earlier this year, Rockstar Games even re-issued the game in a ‘Premium edition” which costs $79.99 for a physical Xbox One and PS4 version, or $84.99 on Steam.
- “GTA Online” Is Very Popular
According to a statement from Rockstar Games last January:
“…2017 was the biggest year of GTA Online yet, capped off by an epic December that saw more players in the game than ever before.”
Although the company did not give any specific number, if this is true, then it seems that more and more people are playing the game over time. So with this kind of popularity, it seems quite reasonable why they won’t release the GTA 6 just yet.
- It Doesn’t Want To Hurt It Sales With Its Other Upcoming Open-World Game
As you may have already known, the company will be releasing its “Red Dead Redemption 2” (RDD2) which is set to come on October 26, 2018, at the Xbox One and PS4 platform. Just like the current Grand Theft Auto game, this game is also an open-world action game so it won’t be a great idea releasing both games on the same year or close to that as fans will be torn between which game to buy and dedicate their time on.
- Rockstar Games Is Infrequent When Releasing Games
Take the RDD2 for example. It is the first game that the company has released since GTA 5. Aside from that, the RDD2’s predecessor was launched back in May 2010, which is an 8-year gap.
- Too Much Work
Although the company is quite successful, it could not possibly handle developing 3 games at once (e.g. RDD2, GTA 6 and GTA Online) as it takes hundreds of people, millions of dollars, and years of coordinated work to create such massive games. Take the GTA 5 for example. According to reports, the company employed over 1,000 people to create it. As for the GTA Online, the game itself requires a dedicated staff for maintenance, community support, and additional content generation/updates.
- It May Be Waiting For The Next Generation Of Platform Gaming
Well, assuming that we won’t be seeing the game until at least 2020, by that time, the PS5 and the next generation of Xbox will be available. In fact, speaking of the PS5, reports suggest that it could be released in Q4 of 2020.
Do you agree with the 6 reasons? Will you be willing to buy the GTA 6? Do tell us your thoughts and opinions about it in the comment section below. We would like to hear from you.