'GTA 6' Release Date Rumors? Rockstar Has 45 Years Worth Of Ideas For Next 'Grand Theft Auto' Game

The developer has 400,000 hours' worth of ideas for the next "GTA" title.

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Is "GTA 6" in the near future?

Will Rockstar Games fans see a “Grand Theft Auto 6” in the near future? Leslie Benzies, president of Rockstar North, believes so.

“We’ve got about 45 years worth of ideas we want to do,” Benzies told Develop last October. “We don’t know what ‘GTA VI’ will be, but we’ve got some ideas.”

After “GTA 5’s” launch on Sept. 17 last year, Rockstar Games focused on improving “GTA 5 Online.” “GTA Online is the focus right now. There ain’t no rest between finishing ‘V’ and then Online. Plus we have some other things -- stuff, DLC, I don’t know how to describe it exactly -- that we’d like to do, and we’ll pick the right ones,” Benzies continued.

Benzies stressed the importance of paying attention to the minor details in Rockstar’s games. “That last 5 to 10 per cent of work on the game makes a huge difference. This level of perfection is not seen or understood in the majority of the industry. We can all make a car drive down a street in a game, but can you do it in style? Everyone’s got characters that are walking around but can they walk?”

The developer also looked back on previous “GTA” titles. “’GTA III’ was good, but … it was unexpected. Being able to actually make it was a bit of a shock to us. The fact it all works and was good fun was a surprise. A lot of people in the studio at the time said we couldn’t do it.” He also talked about 2004’s “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. “It was good, it combined all the stuff we had done so far. It felt the most cohesive and the scale was huge.”

“Grand Theft Auto V" launched last fall for the Xbox 360 and PS3 and is an open world action game developed by Scotland-based Rockstar North and published by NYC-based Rockstar Games. The title received highly favorable reviews, was the 15th installment in the “GTA” series and the first game since 2008’s “GTA IV.” The Spike Video Game Awards gave the title the Most Anticipated Game award in 2012. Following its release, the game received the Game of the Year award at the 2013 Golden Joystick Awards. Only three days following its release, IGN listed “GTA V” as second on its list of “Top 25 Xbox 360 Games.”

Within just 24 hours of its release, “GTA V” generated more than $800 million in revenue, equating to around 11.21 million copies sold. Three days after its release, the title had surpassed $1 billion in sales. By Oct. 7, nearly one month after the game’s Sept. 17 release date, “GTA V” became the largest digital release in the PlayStation Store for the PS3. The game also received a score of 8/10 on Gamespot.com.

No matter what "GTA 6" will bring, Benzies assured fans they won't be disappointed. “The game always comes first," he promised.

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