Rumor Mill: Is a GTA VI Announcement Imminent?

Rumors have been circulating about a possible announcement by Rockstar Games, but do they hold water?

Just like there will always be a new Pokemon title, a new Grand Theft Auto sequel is on the table. However, recent rumors have been stretching the possibility of a Grand Theft Auto VI in all directions, as little to no mentions of the potential sequel have been released to the public.

How the Rumor Started

Among the first rumors reported of Grand Theft Auto VI's cancellation in favor of a focus on DLC for GTA V were those published by Neurogadget at the end of last month. According to Neurogadget, the concerns and rumors about a potential cancellation are based on the fact that the game was supposed to be announced during the reveal of the PlayStation 4 Pro.

Later, News Everyday reported that Rockstar Games confirmed that they had canceled development of the game. Their source was taken from Christian Daily (a site which primarily deals with religious news) whose article said much of the same as the Neurogadget article - along with the possibilities of a GTA 7 being in development. They did not include an official statement in their article.

Meanwhile, iTech Post went on to report that the reason for the game not appearing at the PlayStation conference was that the game will be exclusive to the Xbox Scorpio.

Anyone else noticing a pattern here?

If you haven't, the pattern is that none of these rumors have an official lead. Rockstar Games has not said anything about Grand Theft Auto VI's cancellation, and just about nothing has been said about a potential sequel at all. In fact, a Red Dead Redemption sequel rumor currently holds about as much truth to it as the rest of the 'future release' rumors about Rockstar.

The fact of the matter is that Grand Theft Auto V was released in 2013. Grand Theft Auto IV was released in 2008, and Grand Theft Auto III in 2004. If these dates are anything to go by, we won't likely see a new Grand Theft Auto until at least 2018. Rockstar Games rarely releases their reveal trailers until about a year to a year-and-a-half before their release. If anything, we will see a trailer for a new game in the third quarter of next year.

I for one would love to see a new game by Rockstar Games released in the near future. However, until the company or one of its representatives comes out to say something concrete, don't buy into the rumors. I'm not saying that some rumors don't lead to truths, but until there's official statements on anything they should always be taken with a grain of salt.

Published Oct. 6th 2016
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