Grand Theft Auto fans worried GTA 6 will be the final game

Grand Theft Auto fans worried GTA 6 will be the final game
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Written by 

Tom Chapman


31st Jan 2024 16:22

It's hard to imagine some things ever ending. Like The Simpsons, Mario games, Call of Duty, and confirmation that another Jurassic World movie is on the way, some franchises are destined to keep on chugging until mankind is wiped out and cockroaches inherit the Earth.

Still, all good things must come to an end. Duke Nukem, Turok, and Dead Space are just some of the series that have ground to a halt without any sequels planned, but could Grand Theft Auto be about to join them? Surely not...

Players are worried for GTA 6

From its humble roots as a top-down cruiser in 1997, we've seen GTA race through its 2D era to the 3D era that started with GTA III, into the HD universe of GTA IV, and we're eagerly awaiting what the next chapter will be called with GTA 6.

By the time GTA 6 (hopefully) releases in 2025, it will have been a whopping 12 years since we last got behind the wheel, and it's got some of you thinking. Assuming the mythical GTA 7 will be even further out, there's the wild idea that GTA 6 could be the end of the road.

Someone asked this question over on the GTA 6 subreddit, and it got us questioning the mortality of GTA. We know GTA 6 isn't even out yet, but fans want to know what Rockstar's post-2025 plans will be. After all, there's been plenty of chatter about Red Dead 3 and a potential Bully revival.

One person rightly pointed out, "GTA V made more than 1 billion USD in 3 days. GTA VI is gonna make a lot more since most kids who grew up on GTA games now have an income. They’re probably gonna refund the entire cost of development (2 billions) in less than 24h and then they’ll only profit. Why would they stop??"

Another added, "Unless rockstar or the industry as a whole goes under then 6 won't be the last GTA it just might be 20 years until the next one," while a third concluded, "This is the way I’ve felt about Red Dead. Everyone keeps talking about RDR3 but tbh RDR2 felt like Rockstar closing that chapter of the company’s history." 

There's plenty of gas left in the tank

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In reality, is anyone really expecting GTA 6 to be the final chapter? Two trilogies of mainline games would be pretty impressive, but remember we've had a multitude of spin-offs like Vice City and San Andreas. Considering GTA V is the most profitable entertainment product of all time, Rockstar would be mad to call it quits.

Still, with a growing development cycle and those days of waiting a year between GTA III and Vice City being long behind us, the clock could be running down on how many titles some of us have left in us. Much like how Skyrim Grandma is worried she'll die before The Elder Scrolls 6 releases, others are worried about the same for GTA 6

Someone gave their own apocalyptic scenario and wrote, "Or even worse, GTA 6 begins the fall off for the series. It's nowhere near what everyone anticipated. Over the years,with so many new people working on the game, theres an obvious talent disparity and they can't equate to the talent of the older generation.

"They don't do anything new or groundbreaking. The trailers don't equate to actual gameplay. The glitches are game-breaking. The story and game are monotonous re-creations of 5." We think we'd rather go with the first option. 

Tom is Trending News Editor at GGRecon, with an NCTJ qualification in Broadcast Journalism and over seven years of experience writing about film, gaming, and television. With bylines at IGN, Digital Spy, Den of Geek, and more, Tom’s love of horror means he's well-versed in all things Resident Evil, with aspirations to be the next Chris Redfield.

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