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GTA 6 release window could get pushed back to 2026

GTA 6 could potentially get delayed again (image via Rockstar)
GTA 6 could potentially get delayed again (image via Rockstar)
Sources familiar with the matter told Kotaku that GTA 6's development is slowing down and it could result in the game being delayed by another year. However, Rockstar still wants to launch the game in 2025 and will only postpone it as a last resort.

Rockstar Games confirmed earlier it would launch the hotly-anticipated GTA 6 (Grand Theft Auto 6) sometime in 2025. Subsequently, a leaker claimed it will be playable on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S|X on February 15. Kotaku has now learned that we might have to wait a lot longer to dive into Vice City for a second time.

There is a possibility that GTA 6 won't be launched until 2026. However, that seems to be a backup plan and not the norm. Rockstar still aims to get GTA 6 out of the door sometime in 2025, but a February launch seems unlikely. Gamers looking to play on PC will have to wait for a year or so more regardless of when the game drops on consoles.

Rockstar employees also told Kotaku they're sceptical about returning to the office full-time because it results in brutally long working hours, especially when a game's launch date approaches. Whether or not this will affect GTA 6's launch window remains to be seen.

If GTA 6 gets pushed back to 2026, it'll be thirteen years since the initial GTA 5 launch, one of the longest ever in gaming history. Rockstar has supposedly set aside a whopping 2 billion dollars for GTA 6, making it one of the most expensive games ever released. This includes initial development costs, marketing budget and resources for future content.


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Anil Ganti, 2024-03-23 (Update: 2024-03-23)