It’s been five years since the opening of GTA V, a game that was originally released on consoles that are now almost two generations old. And despite the fact that the game still sees active updates, you’d think we would have heard something about the sequel in that time. But it’s been totally silent on all accounts, until now.
Comic Book Dot Com reports that the game — under the working alias “Project Americas” — is tentatively slated for a 2021 or 2022 release, according to a source who claims to know what’s happening inside developer and publisher Rockstar Games. It’s also supposed that the story will take place in “Vice City” — a.k.a. GTA’s imaginary version of Miami — and allow players to fly between the U.S. and an yet-to-be-determined location(s?) in South America. GTA V also saw destination missions in it’s main gameplay, so it’s not clear whether these will be single-mission-based maps, or if we will have the ability to fly to them at our will.
It’s also speculated that the point-of-view character, or — as there are more than one playable characters in GTA V — one of multiple protagonists, could be a woman. There’ve been female heroes and anti-heroes in violent video games since basically always — Sonya Blade, Samus Aran, Jill Valentine, Chun-Li, half the cast of SoulCalibur, and that’s just off the top of my head — but a lady at the helm of a GTA story would be a first for the franchise.
So, if all these rumors are true, GTA VI looks like another Scarface type thing.
It seems to me that Rockstar Games is setting out to further play on the wave of 80’s nostalgia currently running through the American Vein. From Stranger Things, to Baywatch, most of pop-culture’s focus right now is on returning to the days of cocaine and short-shorts. To be honest, I’m not sure that’s the best direction for the series. We’ve been there and done that. I don’t need any more synth in my games, and I’ve already worn the tiny digital gold chain around my hairy avatar neck. But if there’s one thing the series has almost always done, it’s delivering an experience way above our expectations.
So don’t make any quick assumptions.