It’s been nearly three years since the release of Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto 5. In that time, the game has launched three separate times across console generations and PC. With a slew of free content updates and special events, Grand Theft Auto: Online has been a gift that keeps on giving for players. Take-Two’s recent earnings report indicated that Rockstar fans may have something else to look forward to in the near future.
In the news release for investors, a single line tucked nicely next to a bullet point may be a reason for excitement.
“Rockstar Games also is hard at work on some exciting future projects that will be revealed soon.”
Is it vague? Very. Is it also hype inducing? Very.
Let’s do some detective work.
Grand Theft Auto IV was originally released in April of 2008. Development for the game began roughly 4 years earlier following the release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The first three trailers for the GTA4 were released throughout 2007. 4 years of development. Trailers released one year prior to release.
Grand Theft Auto V’s release date was September of 2013 with development starting 4 years prior. Noticing a trend? The first announcement trailer came in late 2011 in November with a second story trailer almost exactly a year later. 4 years of development. Story trailer released one year prior to release.
It’s coming towards late 2016 now. Rockstar has given us GTA:O updates and made Red Dead Redemption available for current gen consoles. After three years of Grand Theft Auto V, could we possibly be in store for information about a new main series GTA game? The timeline mostly fits. If we are getting another main series GTA game, what could it be about?
Let’s take some guesses.
We’ve been to a variety of places in the Grand Theft Auto series. Liberty City, Vice City, and the state of San Andreas have been the primary locales. After 14 years of not seeing it, Vice City seems to be the most likely to appear in a new game. If that’s the case, maybe we’ll go beyond Vice City and give Florida the GTA treatment. We could even get a completely new location. Boston, Chicago, even Washington D.C. seem like good places to experience via the Grand Theft Auto experience.
There’s a small chance it might not be related to GTA at all. It’s been 4 years since the last Max Payne game and 6 years since the critically acclaimed Red Dead Redemption. Rockstar could be planning an epic revival of ‘Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis’ for all we know.
What do you think Rockstar is cooking up? Tweet us @elo_talk with what you’re hoping to see!