GTA 6 players aren’t sure about destructible environments

GTA 6 players aren’t sure about destructible environments
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Tom Chapman


25th Mar 2024 15:45

The next chapter in the Grand Theft Auto series is set to blow the competition out of the water, but by the sounds of it, it might not just be the title's explosive debut that brings the house down. GTA 6 is sure to push the boat out in terms of new features, but one is leaving players divided.

It's been 11 years (and counting) since we last had a new GTA game, and while GTA Online has had plenty of updates and we've been gifted the GTA V: Enhanced Edition, that's nothing compared to what GTA 6 will give us. Alongside a much bigger map and more intelligent NPCs, could we finally be getting destructible environments? 

GTA 6 players divided by destructible environments

We've previously heard about GTA 6 having destructible skyscrapers, with one hiring making a specific mention of "large-scale destruction events like skyscrapers crashing to the ground." Couple this with word of hurricanes and tornadoes, and it had some of you hyped for destructible environments. 

Over on the GTA subreddit, players are split on whether destructible environments should be included, especially highlighting the problems with toppling skyscrapers or the uncomfortable inevitability that some morbid players will fly a plane into them. 

The OP asked whether simulated destruction should be included, with the top comment reading, "Small scale would be cool but large scale no. I should be able to damage buildings but not knock them down." Someone else added, "It would be absolute hell on online mode which they will definitely have."

A third was more open to the idea, concluding, "I want at least annual hurricanes. That blow cars over and makes life hell for a day. Flooded streets we can use the air boat in. Ya know….Florida," while a lot of others asked for at least some more realism in terms of structures, cars, and damage. 

Having dynamic weather and players running for cover from hurricanes could work in a specific campaign level or even in the mass of the inevitable GTA Online refresh, but in terms of cataclysmic events, it would be much harder to handle. Give players destructible skyscrapers online, and we doubt there would be much of a skyline. 

Destructible skyscrapers might've already been cut

GTA V Maze Bank tower
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We've already heard that dynamic weather has been removed from GTA 6, apparently because it puts too much pressure on the console. With that, we assume destructible skyscrapers have also been given the boot. Considering Just Cause 4 could deliver this in 2018, we're not sure why a AAA juggernaut like GTA 6 wouldn't be able to. 

Battlefield 2042 oversold us the dream of destructible environments, and in a similar story, it was reportedly a case of hardware not being able to handle it. We've only had one GTA 6 trailer, so it's hard to tell what's on the way. Then again, an Easter egg mentioning a Leonida man being sucked up by a waterspout gives some hope to the idea.

As Red Dead Redemption 2 showcased its own impressive weather cycle in 2018, we don't see any reason why GTA 6 can't do something even more advanced with its weather and environments. Still, don't expect the game's online contingent to look like you've stepped out onto some apocalyptic wasteland like Terminator 2. 

Tom Chapman
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