Gamers of all ages are still eagerly awaiting Grand Theft Auto 6, although they may be waiting some time.
The fifth game in the series has hung around for longer than any video game in history; it has outlived two consoles and will soon complete a three-of-a-kind release as a remaster on the PlayStation 5 next-gen Xbox as well. Much of the success has been courtesy of the GTA Online version, which has constantly been updated with new missions and content.
If gamers have got fed up with that already, there are now remastered versions of the original three 3D games, GTA, GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas. That release has been met with mixed reviews, with many players just eager for a new game now. Sadly, patience does seem to be the key, with Games Radar floating a possible 2025 release.
In the meantime, fans have been left to speculate and ponder what might be included in the next game. For a bit of fun, we’ve put some ideas together for the content we desperately want to see in the next GTA game.
One of the biggest factors in Red Dead Redemption 2’s immersive experience was the versatility within the world. It felt like every corner was alive, like every person you encountered had something to say, which they did. There were dialogue choices for every non-player character (NPC) in the game. You could start fights and arguments or just chew the fat with a man on the street. It made the world feel vibrant and alive, and it would fit brilliantly with Grand Theft Auto. However, RDR2 did have moral choices to be made, whereas is Grand Theft Auto players just tend to be bad, so we’re not quite sure how the mechanic would work. We just know it would be fun.
News of a new GTA Online update is often greeted with ‘that’s not GTA 6’ these days, but one arrived with such impact it genuinely changed the way people played. Even today, the Diamond Resort and Casino is still a major hub for players, years after it first landed. It is a complete casino experience, with freebies given out daily, but its poker offering drastically let down. The three-card poker game was completely random and a missed opportunity. Rockstar has already implemented a poker game in RDR2, so why dumb it down for GTA Online? They used the world’s most popular variant, Texas Hold’em, in their wild west games, which would work better in GTA. Plus, they had a cheating mechanic too, which fits nicely with the criminal leanings of their flagship title.
There is a strong suggestion the next GTA game will take place in Vice City, a fictionalized version of Miami. We think Rockstar should look to the like of Fallout 76 for inspiration if it does. No, not with an awful release and empty open world, but allowing players to build their homes up from the ground. How much fun would it be ploughing the profits of your crimes into a multistorey building with a gym, private rooms and other GTA-related mission rooms? Being about not just buying a condo, but adding floors, remodelling inside, and buying furniture and other luxuries would give the player a real purpose. That sort of personalization goes down well with gamers and would fit brilliantly into GTA.