Several reports just ahead of the Easter weekend claim that Grand Theft Auto 6 is in production. However, the statement on its own doesn't provide us much to get our teeth into. After GTA V became available on all current viable platforms, and a few DLC-style trinkets completed, most would come to the reasonable conclusion that Rockstar would begin work on GTA 6. And so it seems, according to a source who spoke to TechRadar.
GTA 6 is admittedly a long way away. The fifth game in the series was released five years after its predecessor. If GTA 6 leaves the same gap we won't be seeing it until 2019 or 2020 on PC. So what details do we have to whet your appetites? I guess the name of the game is a pretty obvious one… and the other widely reported news nugget is that GTA 6 is likely to be set within another imaginary US city/state.
Apparently sometime around the time of GTA 3 and Vice City, Rockstar surveyed the Tokyo cityscape and decided that "it would be too complicated to take the games outside of the US". The road system alone provided unsoothable developer headaches, so this 'serious' endeavour was canned. Such an uprooting and upheaval could have a big impact with all the cars and brands featured in the game too, for example.
Evidence of the past intent to ship the franchise to Japan is available, as Take-Two Interactive filed trademarks for GTA: Tokyo back in December 2003. (GTA: Bogota and Grand Theft Auto: Sin City were trademarked at the same time).
There is still a rich seam of locations in the US which could inspire and give distinctive flavour to upcoming GTA games. We've most recently had 'tributes' to New York, Miami and LA – where would you choose next?