In a week already packed with news about Bully 2 and Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC there was only one thing that could possibly top some official GTA 6 news.
Yes, we’re of course referring to Sony casually announcing the PS5 release date and a whole load of PlayStation 5 console features in an exclusive WIRED report.
For those who might have missed it, click the link above for all the juicy details. But the crux of the matter is that PlayStation 5 will launch Holiday 2020. Likewise, alongside Xbox Scarlett for another fight to the death to see which console will reign supreme for the next console generation.
That, however, is likely not why you came here.
What is intriguing is that off the back of the announcement, noted Rockstar Games insider and/or fountain of knowledge @TezFunz2 made a rather striking comment, which could have some major implications for console buyers.
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Writing to his followers on Twitter @TezFunz2 said:
“Now that Playstation 5 is launching holiday 2020, I think we can be positive Rockstar next title isn’t coming until 2021 or holiday 2020 if they have enough time to finish it up.”
When questioned further by one fan to explain the time discrepancy between 2020 and 2021, TezFunz2 simply replied with the following:
“Yes, I’m aware of that. However, it is typical of Rockstar to delay their games further.”
Which is fairly true. In more recent times Rockstar has generally allowed itself more time to release something as it sees fit.
If fans look at something like Red Dead Redemption 2, for instance, it was originally announced with a fall 2017 release window and was delayed further in early 2018 before it eventually released on October 26th 2018.
Even then, the game was still a way off from being complete, at least if you accept that Red Dead Online was part of the whole package.
So it seems fairly understandable that GTA 6 could also be pushed back.
When you factor in that Rockstar has also typically allowed itself a year’s grace from the first initial trailer then the idea that GTA 6 could launch holiday 2020 seems even crazier.
Of course, we’re not ruling this out completely. After all, GTA 6 has supposedly been in the works at Rockstar Games for quite some time already.
However, given how Rockstar typically approaches their releases, shadow dropping the game with just over 13 months to go seems, out of character for the studio.
Not least when it feels as though they’re also just starting to find their feet with Red Dead Online, thanks largely to the most recent Summer Update which introduced frontier pursuits.
If Rockstar were serious about making Red Dead Online work long term, you’d imagine they’d give it another year of support without the threat of GTA 6 and a new GTA Online experience looming in the background.