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2016 has been a busy year for Rockstar, making announcements and unveiling details about games other than what fans have been waiting for. Yes, the game studio has provided a teaser for Red Dead Redemption 2, which is all fine and dandy. But more people would like to know if and when Grand Theft Auto 5 will ever surface in the game world. Well, it won’t happen anytime soon.

Possible release date?

Based on the pattern of game release, it is likely that a new Grand Theft Auto will be rolled out in 2018. Remember that the last 2 Grand Theft Auto titles were released 5 years apart – GTA 4 in 2008 and GTA 5 in 2013. So 2018 is a good guess.

Unfortunately, Rockstar announced Red Dead Redemption 2 instead, with no news or a hint about GTA 6. If ever they make the announcement in 2017 or 2018, one of the most anticipated installment will be launched in 2020. Rockstar Games have been known to take their time with their game titles, so fans would have to wait longer than 2018.

Where to next?

With location and setting pivotal to the game, developers would be very careful in choosing Grand Theft Auto’s next setting. As the rumor mill turns, there are speculations that it might be set in a foreign country.

The UK is a major possibility, because there was already a Grand Theft Auto: London 1969.  Another option would be Japan, home of the Yakuza organizations and gang wars, which is fitting to the GTA theme. Rockstar also previously considered Japan as a game setting.

Then again, the game developer might not want to look very far than within US soil. This is especially true if they want to follow through with using real-world locations, similar to the Vice City and Los Santos maps. A fitting location in the United States would be the Chicago area, because of its massive freeways and areas of the hood.

Who’s going to take the leading role?

A more fitting question would be which gender would take the leading role? Yes, there are rumors that the next GTA installment would have a dedicated female lead, which could make feminists happy and chauvinists cringe.

If Rockstar do go with a female lead, it would be a major challenge for the studio, considering that the GTA franchise has always been predominantly masculine. It’s practically untested waters for them, which could go either for their millions of fans. Do people want a female lead or do they want to stick with a male lead? If Rockstar wants to play it safe, they can just add unique characters to the next GTA franchise.

VR or AR support?

It is believed that one of the reasons that GTA 6 is being pushed far into the future is that game developers want to include VR or AR support. They believe that a virtual reality game or an augmented one would help them break their 800-million profit when GTA 5 was released in September 2013. Well, what is there to break when there’s no game to be released?