In addition to unveiling the much anticipated Grand Theft Auto 6 video, Rockstar Games confirms leaks and states that the game will launch in 2025 on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.
The trailer, which is set in the fictional Miami-based city of Vice City, follows Lucia, the first female protagonist in the Grand Theft Auto series, and an unidentified male lead named Jason in a story of crime and love that seems to have been influenced by the real-life criminal pair Bonnie and Clyde.
After purportedly leaking the teaser on social media site X, Rockstar Games eventually unveiled the Grand Theft Auto 6 trailer on Tuesday, several hours ahead of schedule. As was to be expected, the trailer swiftly gained popularity on YouTube, receiving over 11 million views in the two hours after it was uploaded to the official Rockstar Games channel.
The GTA 6 teaser validates many of the reports surrounding the open-world game, while a following press release from Rockstar Games announced that the game will be released in 2025 for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and Series S. To the dismay of many PC gamers, there was no word on when or whether the game would be released on the platform.
“Our trailer has leaked, so please watch the real thing on YouTube,” Rockstar Games stated on X, acknowledging that the trailer for the upcoming game had indeed been leaked.
The highly anticipated gameplay and map of the new game, which was teased in a gameplay video for GTA 6 that went viral on TikTok, drove the gaming world into a frenzy immediately after the trailer leak.
The first female protagonist in the GTA series, Lucia, is first shown in the trailer at the beginning and is seen in a prison. Later in the video, Vice City heists in the vein of Bonnie and Clyde are seen being carried out by Lucia and her partner.
“Grand Theft Auto VI moves to the state of Leonida, home to the neon-soaked streets of Vice City and beyond, in the biggest, most immersive evolution of the Grand Theft Auto series yet,” stated Rockstar Games in a release regarding Grand Theft Auto 6.
According to Bloomberg, Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of Rockstar Games, has previously stated that it anticipates the game will bring in $8 billion in net bookings by 2025. Remarkably, since its launch in 1997, the Grand Theft Auto series has sold over 400 million copies worldwide. The final installment of the series was made available in 2013. Because GTA 5 and GTA 6 were released more than ten years apart, the game’s devoted fan base is anxious to see what the new title has in store.
According to figures reported by CNBC, GTA 5 is the second-best-selling video game of all time, having sold over 190 million copies globally. Only Microsoft’s Minecraft, with over 300 million copies sold, has sold more.