GTA 6: How Big Is The Map?
Get ready for a whole new way to play, as Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto series enters a new era. It's been eight years (and counting) since GTA V became the most profitable entertainment product of all time, and although the game is still going strong thanks to the countless updates to GTA Online, impatient players are obviously looking ahead to GTA 6.
Barely a day goes by that there isn't some sort of GTA 6 leak - that's usually quickly debunked - which means it's hard to figure out what's legitimate and what's an elaborate hoax. Still, it's thought there's truth to some of the rumours. Even though there's no release date, no trailer, and Rockstar is yet to announce GTA 6, that hasn't stopped fans asking how big the GTA 6 map will be. Don't worry, we've got the inside track on this one.
How big is the GTA 6 map?
Rockstar Games is known for going with the mantra of the bigger the better. If you thought GTA V's map was big in 2013, that's nothing compared to the humungous size of Red Dead Redemption 2's map in 2018. In fact, RDR2 upped the ante so much, it included the entirety of the original Red Dead Redemption map in its campaign.
With the RDR2 map estimated to be about twice the size of GTA V's, we can only imagine GTA 6's colossal map will be even bigger. One Redditor held a lengthy AMA and dished the dirt on how big the GTA 6 map is. Going against the grain, they said it would actually be smaller than RDR2's. Then again, sceptics called out the validity of this anonymous leaker's credentials.
Remembering that Rockstar hasn't even announced GTA 6 yet, it means there are no official map concepts to go off. Still, there are plenty of leaks for potential maps and how big they could be.
Notably, there was a "leaked"map that started doing the rounds in 2018. It was written off due to a lack of detail, but more recently, it's seemingly reappeared with notable landmarks. Namely, all of the above doubles down on the idea that we'll return to Vice City for GTA 6.
Where will the GTA 6 map be set?
Everything ties back to the infamous "Project Americas" leak that delivered a tonne of potential details back in 2018. As well as reports that there will be the landmark inclusion of a female protagonist, there's the idea that we'll revisit Vice City AND a new island location based on Rio de Janeiro.
Leakers claim GTA 6 will be inspired by Netflix's Narcos - which suggests another period piece. Going against the idea of a Vice City sequel set in the '70s or '80s, others think we'll have a modern version of the Miami homage thanks to reports of cryptocurrency rewards in-game.
Another interesting titbit: word is that the first few missions could take place in the '70s or '80s and then jump to the modern-day. As well as giving us multiple time periods to explore, this would also give GTA 6 players multiple maps to sink their time into.
The latest update included a series of shots above a supposed GTA 6 city, which once again hyped a Vice City backdrop. Either way, it doesn't bring us any closer to finding out how big the GTA 6 map is.
Could GTA V reveal how big the GTA 6 map is?
A possible place to look out for a reveal on the GTA 6 map is in GTA V. While the original game has been out since 2013, there's the upcoming GTA V Expanded & Enhanced version that will bring the record-breaking title to next-gen consoles.
Just like the Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut tacked on the Iki Island expansion, this is the perfect opportunity for Rockstar to add in a tease of what's to come. Whether a brand new map that ties GTA V to GTA 6, or even just a tease of the next game's map, Rockstar can start a breadcrumb trail to the eventual release of GTA 6.
Exploring the rich cultures of Liberty City, San Andreas, and Vice City have always been a highlight of GTA games - with each entry offering something new while keeping the same core aesthetic. We aren't expecting to discover blueprints for GTA 6's map hiding in a Los Santon strip club, but you never know.
When will we know how big the GTA 6 map is?
Ultimately, only those behind the lock and key of Rockstar know what's really going on with GTA 6. In terms of actual leaks, nothing is 100% yet. Then again, who could forget when the RDR2 map leaked ahead of time and was confirmed as legitimate? This has led gamers to believe at least some of the GTA 6 leaks could be on the money. It's a case of figuring out which ones are the real deal and which are someone looking for a few upvotes.
Expect things to become clearer when Rockstar officially announces GTA 6 and potentially gives a first look at the mythical title's gameplay. Until then, it's back to the depths of the internet to try and piece together our own GTA 6 map from the various snippets we've seen.