Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick hinted that Grand Theft Auto 6 won’t mean GTA 5 gets left behind. The next entry in Rockstar’s modern, open world, third-person shooter franchise has been the subject of tremendous speculation the past couple months. While some of the rumors regarding the Grand Theft Auto 6 location and release date have been debunked, most information surrounding the title is unofficial.
Meanwhile, Grand Theft Auto 5’s online element remains a bastion of chaotic activity, with the recent alien gang wars being the catalyst behind GTA Online’s massive bump in income. However, not everything has been blissful in the game’s multiplayer mode, as hackers have become a bit more prominent, with one of their recent craze’s revolving around the utilization of in-game UFOs. Moreover, a glitch has left players amused by giving them the opportunity to commandeer a flying tank.
According to GamesIndustry.biz, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick recently hinted that Grand Theft Auto 6 won’t mean GTA 5 gets left behind. Zelnick wouldn’t give a direct answer regarding Grand Theft Auto 6 itself, as the game hasn’t been officially announced by either Take-Two Interactive or Rockstar Games. However, he did compare the situation to one Take-Two Interactive faced with the NBA 2K Online series in China, having to transition players from “the 2010 or 2012 version of the NBA 2K engine, and at a certain point, both the development and business teams said it was necessary to update the game beyond that.” When both teams spoke with Take-Two Interactive, the company decided to develop and release NBA 2K Online 2, which resulted in the former game’s fan base continuing to grow while the latter’s community also grew to be robust. Both games existed simultaneously with strong followings.
Zelnick went on to remark that not creating “new entertainment experiences” for Take-Two Interactive would be a competitive disadvantage and, eventually, would render titles obsolete. The CEO’s philosophy is he doesn’t “worry about the possibility [the next great thing] will somehow have a negative influence on what was previously in the market.” Zelnick isn’t worried about internal competition between popular high-caliber titles as there is room for all of them in the market, and each of them contributes to Take-Two Interactive’s success.
While Grand Theft Auto 6 hasn’t received an official announcement, when speculation and rumors pick up speed, one of two things usually occur: either companies end up announcing the subject of the rumors to already be in production or they decide to begin development due to the rumors showcasing high demand and then make said announcement. For an announcement not to occur at all, or for another extended period – more than a year – is a rare situation barring extenuating circumstances, so Grand Theft Auto 6 information is likely on the horizon soon.
Grand Theft Auto 6 has no official release date.