Rockstar hasn’t made any official announcements regarding Grand Theft Auto VI so far, but that hasn’t stopped fans from running wild with theories over the past few years. Most recently, an in-game teaser in GTA Online may have accidentally spilled the beans, or it could just be a very clever hoax.
GTA V came out in 2013 for the previous generation of consoles and was later ported over to PS4 and Xbox One. Ever since then, fans have been waiting for a sequel, especially since Rockstar never delivered on its promise of extra single-player content, instead focusing on the cash cow that GTA Online quickly became
Then, in late June 2018, pop-up messages within GTA Online began to tease a 2019 release date for GTA VI. The message seems to come in one of two varieties. The first reads “GTA VI Coming 2019” and directs you to Rockstar’s website for more info (which you won’t actually find if you check).
The second goes even further, suggesting you can pre-order the game right now from that same website (again, no actual info to be found).
It’s unclear exactly what’s happening here, but it seems unlikely that Rockstar would break the news this way. Especially with Red Dead Redemption 2’s release just a few months away.
According to GameRevolution, the in-game message only appeared on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC versions of GTA Online. Those systems all support modding (unlike PS4 and Xbox One), which would potentially make it easier for someone to hack the game and add a fake announcement.
That doesn’t mean it’s not possible for Rockstar to surprise us with a GTA VI release as soon as next year, even if it seems a little unlikely. But if that is the plan it probably won’t be announced until after RDR2’s release, and this probably won’t be the way we find out.