In its quarterly investor report as we speak, Take-Two mentioned that improvement of the subsequent Grand Theft Auto recreation is “properly underway.” That is precisely what the Rockstar dad or mum firm mentioned when it first introduced GTA 6, after which once more a number of months later, however as we speak’s assertion is a bit more notable as a result of it got here alongside a common promise that “a number of groundbreaking titles” will launch throughout its 2025 fiscal 12 months, and there are some clear indicators that a type of video games is the brand new GTA.
As a result of company accounting is bizarre, Take-Two’s 2025 fiscal 12 months begins in April 2024, so the “groundbreaking” video games we’re speaking about are scheduled to launch someday subsequent 12 months, or in early 2025 on the newest. Take-Two additionally mentioned that these video games will “set new requirements” for the trade and propel the corporate to $8 billion in internet bookings (all of its gross sales earlier than bills) for the fiscal 12 months, with that momentum persevering with into the subsequent one.
Take-Two recorded $5.3 billion in internet bookings in the course of the fiscal 12 months that simply concluded, and it expects the present fiscal 12 months to ship just a bit greater than that, so these massive releases want to herald over $2.5 billion in more money in the course of the 2025 fiscal 12 months.
A kind of video games might be Judas, the brand new recreation from BioShock creator Ken Levine, nevertheless it’s laborious to think about that it is the two-point-five-billion-dollar distinction maker. It additionally helps this hypothesis that Take-Two beforehand mentioned that GTA 6 will “set inventive benchmarks” for the leisure enterprise, which sounds loads just like the “set new requirements” remark from as we speak. Rumors that GTA 6 would launch in 2025 had been floating round a pair years in the past, too.
The one factor stopping me from placing all my chips on subsequent 12 months is how typically massive video games are delayed. It is beginning to really feel like an inevitability: Bethesda even missed the chance to launch Starfield on Skyrim’s tenth birthday because it had initially deliberate. So even when GTA is presently scheduled to launch subsequent 12 months—say, in September like GTA 5—there is no assure we can’t see a jpg on Twitter explaining that the builders want extra time for polish.
Final 12 months, a monumental leak revealed a bunch of particulars about GTA 6, together with that it is going to be set in Vice Metropolis and have two protagonists. Take-Two mentioned that the hack, which led to the arrest of a 17-year-old, did not have an effect on the event of GTA 6.