Rumor: Rockstar is scouting Florida for GTA 6

A popular data miner Yan2295 recently posted a letter from Leah Sokolowsky, a location manager. The letter is a request to some client for the study of locations in South Florida.

It states that a group of 4-6 researchers and developers from Rockstar Games wants to come to Florida in October (presumably 2019 or earlier) to scout locations for their video games.

The scout team's mission is to tour and photograph interesting locations throughout the state of Florida. The material they gather will be used to inspire Rockstar's developers to build environments in their games. The team is primarily interested in scouting interior spaces. This may imply that we will be seeing much more interesting interiors in GTA 6 than before.

It is worth noting that such trips are quite a common practice for many game developers. Of course, it's impossible to prove this letter is legit or determine the date of writing. However, according to Yan2295, Leah Sokolowsky, the location manager mentioned in the letter, is a real person. And not so long ago Sokolowsky participated in the Film Florida podcast where she claimed to be working together with some major media company. Here is a quote from the podcast:

Recently as you're aware we've had a change in the types of productions that are coming to our state. So I've also been very fortunate to get a large client that has hired me to arrange basically site tours and visits. It's a digital media company. And I've signed an NDA so I can't disclose who it is. But they've been exploring various areas of our state, and of other states in the south east. And I've been planning and arranging those visits for their personnel and that's been kind of a very interesting expansion of what I normally do, as well.

As you can see, her words perfectly fit the letter. Apparently, Rockstar visited Florida to collect material for their future project, presumably GTA 6. There is, of course, a slight chance that someone listened to the podcast and created a fake letter. Let's hope not.

Rumor: GTA 6 will have amazingly realistic nature, clouds and water

A new GTA 6 leak occured on Reddit. A user herenthere4six posted that he did quality assurance testing for RDR 2 and GTA 6. He claims the latter started preproduction in 2014. He was using a PS5 devkit (although PS5 isn't there yet, large game studios can receive special pre-release device for testing called developer kit). The game entered large scale development sometime around 2016 during the timeframe Rockstar begin marketing Red Dead Redemption 2. Half the studios went full force on RDR, the other half on GTA 6.

Here are the main points:

  • RDR2 was a huge project, a ton of passion and blood was put into it. The heads kept pushing the studio to create a state of the art game with attention to details in the wildlife. This project sucked the soul out of just about everyone. But RDR2 was also a graphics test before GTA 6. Rockstar wants GTA 6 to be a new generation game that pushes the bar, that's why it won't be suitable for PS4 and Xbox One.
  • GTA 5 is the main game that still brings Rockstar profit after so many years (since the era of PS3 and Xbox 360). The game that just "keeps on giving".
  • RDR 2's engine is a predecessor of GTA 6. Although there is only one mission to fly in the sky in RDR 2 and see the amazingly realistic volumetric clouds, this graphics will be reused in GTA 6, where air travel will be an important focus. The author states he was able to fly a military jet called Sunsiege and the world in GTA 6 looks astonishing. It will raise open world games to unseen limits. It almost felt like a privilege to play this game, even in a development stage, before anyone else. On the ground everything is not so pretty yet. Many buildings and locations are still to be done. However, the results seem to be very promising.
  • There will be realistic atmospheric effects like hurricanes, morning fog, etc.
  • The map is incredibly huge. That's why air travel plays an important role. GTA 5 looks like a schoolyard playground (it's scary even to imagine).
  • The playable game territory (which implies there will be also locations without open world) consists of two major cities: Carcer City (dirty East Coast area based on Boston, Massachusetts) and Vice City (based on Miami, Florida). There are three states on the map. Every county has its name.
  • It's easy to get lost in Carcer City since many roads are swirling. It also has satirical landmarks. Blue line train can take you to the airport.
  • There are numerous towns, waterfronts, suburbs and wilderness between the two cities. A military base is located in Vice City area.
  • The landscape varies from farmland and seasides in Massachusetts, red oak forests, fields and towns to marshy grassland and swampy Florida countryside. Although it's weird to see no major cities between Boston and Miami.
  • There are small chunks of islands based on Florida Keys archipelago (south of Miami) with a highway bridge connecting them. The bridge is shorter than in reality.
  • The water effects are stunning, like in "Sea of Thieves". It is possible to explore the underwater world.
  • The map design in GTA 6 is the most authentic ever from Rockstar. The game world is insanely huge and richly detailed. The nature feels spacious and not compressed like in GTA 5. It will take many hours to memorize this map without using a radar.
  • GTA 6 may feature multiple protagonists. Two of them are probably siblings. One of them is an undercover cop.
  • Mission system is updated. You can permanently abandon some missions or take different routes. Of course there will be consequences. Each protagonist can create their own stories, but the general story line ends the same way.
  • Some vehicles resemble those from GTA 4 and GTA 5 but more detailed than ever.
  • Shooting system, running and climbing animations are still under development. At the moment they are using the driving system from GTA 5. It will be refactored eventually but the main focus currently is the map.
  • First person mode will be included.
  • HUD is still far from being over. There is a basic circular radar like in RDR2 and GTA 4 but this will most definitely change. They haven't picked a font for vehicle names and ammo count yet.
  • GTA 6 has a weapon selection wheel from GTA 5. Weapon range already includes AK47, pump shotgun, glock, baseball bat.
  • Police features a very robust and tactical AI. NOOSE agents and cops can split into teams of two to surround you. NOOSE can use riot shields and shoot tear gas from grenade launchers. They can even walk behind a slowly moving SWAT van covering each other like in a movie. Police can get shotguns from the trunk.
  • Unlike in GTA 5, the maximum wanted level is now 6 stars (like in GTA 4). The military is involved at six stars. It takes time for them to arrive from the military base.
  • The author says the game is a technology beast. A splendor of modern game design with a Hollywood budget. Hard to imagine how much money was spent on it.
  • Conclusion: GTA 6 feels like Rockstar's ultimate game, so huge and realistic that they could retire in peace and never have to make another GTA. It's impossible to imagine how they can outmatch it. This game is definitely worth all the waiting.

The author finishes by telling that he thought a leak would be fun to heat up the interest of fans. He is also confident he won't get caught.

As usual, the post was removed from Reddit. Luckily someone made a screenshot:

Rumor: GTA 6 will feature huge map distances and enterable buildings

Another user on Reddit, gfk53, posted a leak about the upcoming GTA 6.

He states that he was shared this information by an inside source and was asked not to spread it. But he did. And here are the key moments:

  • The game takes place in North America and South America. Its current code name is "Project Americas".
  • GTA 6 will be released for the next generation consoles (PS5, etc.).
  • The map includes 3-4 major cities: Vice City / Everglades, Havana (Cuba) and somewhere in Panama / Brazil / Colombia (these parts of the map are still under development).
  • Vice City will serve as the major focus but we may not start out there.
  • All the cities/islands outside the US will be named by their real names.
  • It is unknown how many times bigger the GTA 6 map will be compared to GTA 5, but it is very spread out. So it will "feel" bigger (apparently, due to a number of locations).
  • The cities will have depth as opposed to scale. Meaning more enterable buildings and interactability.
  • Each city will be separated by large distances of water. The player will likely be able to skip the travel (like the taxi ride in GTA 5), but on your own it might take you 10-15 minutes to fly to each city across the map (impressive, isn't it?).
  • GTA 6 is in very early stages of development, and not much is known about the story (it's been almost 7 years since GTA 5, Rockstar, time to hurry).
  • The time period spans over multiple decades (70s, late 80s and present day).
  • A drug smuggler named Kacey is an important part of the story.
  • Time progresses through the game as you play. So each "chapter" will be set in the 70s, or 80s, and as you play through the mission. Songs will change, buildings will become closed, cars and characters will decay with time. This was concluded by the insider person because cars that predate 2000 are being designed in multiple stages to mimic the progression of time. And there's a lot of vehicles being made that predate present day. At the moment, almost 70% are before 2020. 30% are present day.
  • Weather conditions can now cause hurricanes (category 4-5).
  • There is a huge prison in the game, possibly a variant of Guantanamo Bay. It may definitely play a major role in the story. Maybe break out missions.
  • Drones are being modeled in the game.

There is also some information about Bully 2.

  • Bully 2 is the next Rockstar project. The protagonist is a freshman Jimmy Hopkins, but this time it's in a university next to a large fictional city.
  • The map will be as big as GTA 5. However, the city will have a grittier tone.
  • There will be three equally sized environments (university, city and woods).
  • The game will also feature cars.

Again, everything sounds plausible. Many things are the same as in the leak from JackOLantern1982. True or not, we'll see it soon. The Reddit user who posted it (gfk53) was deleted (it's interesting why?). But the post somehow managed to survive. Here is a screenshot:

Rumor: GTA 6. Code name: Project Americas

There is an interesting website called Reddit where people can discuss topics based on their interests, submit content to the site such as links, text posts, and images, which are then voted up or down by other members. Of course, there are also discussions about GTA.

Not so long ago a user with a nickname JackOLantern1982 posted on Reddit a very interesting piece of information about GTA 6 (although no official announcement about this game has been made so far). According to him, this information was provided by some former employees of Kotaku and PC Gamer websites, as well as Rockstar Games (developer of GTA titles).

Here is the summary:

  • GTA 6 has been in development since 2012 (a year before GTA V release). But intense development started in 2015. However, even at that time the team's main focus was on Read Dead Redemption 2.
  • All divisions of Rockstar Games (yes, there are many of them) take part in GTA 6 development, as well as Red Dead Redemption 2.
  • GTA 6 code name is Project Americas. Obviously, two Americas, the North and the South. This implies a vast extent of the game world.
  • There are several locations in the game: Vice City (based on Miami) and some new location based on Rio de Janeiro (Rockstar has experience in modeling South America locations since Max Payne 3). Some story missions will take place in Liberty City (without open world) — sort of Ludendorff which was at the beginning of GTA V.
  • Also, there was a rumor about Cuba, but this is not confirmed.
  • GTA 6 gameplay will include realistic and arcade elements. The game will not be as realistic as Red Dead Redemption 2.
  • Despite many rumors, the protagonist is not female. And he is the only one.
  • The time period is the 1970s and 1980s (presumably, the first mission starts in the 70s, and then we skip several years into the 80s, like in GTA V).
  • The protagonist is an uprising drug lord Ricardo (hopefully, not Diaz). At first, Ricardo is a minor drug smuggler from Vice City, who eventually finds connections with major drug lords and gradually develops his own career. That looks a lot like Tommy Vercetti from GTA: Vice City. But who cares. We loved it!
  • GTA 6 features several cities. There is also a huge prison which is a part of the story (maybe, one of the missions will have a prison break).
  • GTA 6 story mode consists of chapters, just like Red Dead Redemption 2.
  • Weather is an important factor as well. You won't need mods to see hurricanes and floods, like in real Miami (no rhyme intended).
  • Buildings and vehicles change over the eras. Older, rare classic cars get more expensive as the time progresses. Next level of economy.
  • GTA 6 is heavily inspired by the TV show "Narcos" on Netflix.
  • Rockstar wants to put a stunning soundtrack of the 70s and 80s in the game, but it is still under discussion (outshining unforgettable soundtracks from GTA: Vice City and GTA: Vice City Stories is a challenge).
  • Young Martin Madrazo will appear in GTA 6 along with his father, who was a major drug lord at the time. You will do some jobs for the Madrazo family, e.g., raids on other gangs.
  • Creating a drug empire will resemble GTA: Vice City Stories, but will be much larger and harder.
  • The protagonist will be able to carry only a limited number of weapons, rather than a huge arsenal in his pockets. A similar thing appeared in Red Dead Redemption 2 and Max Payne 3.
  • Your personal vehicles will be something like saddle bags in Red Dead Redemption 2. You can keep your weapons and armor in the trunk. Remember L.A. Noir? By the way, after putting on a body armor, it is now visible on the protagonist.
  • Get used to reading subtitles. Many characters speak their own languages. If you are in South America, don't expect everyone to speak English. The same was in Max Payne 3. You can hear several languages in Vice City, but English is still dominant there.
  • GTA 6 will raise the topics of HIV and the migration crisis — current issues at the time. There will also be a peculiar version of Fidel Castro.
  • Unfortunately, GTA 6 will not be released for PS4 and Xbox One. This is a project for next gen consoles. But since PS5 is only to be released at the end of 2020, it is obvious that we might not expect GTA 6 in 2020.
  • Rockstar is now focused on GTA 6 and some other project. Probably, Bully 2.
  • Currently, GTA 6 is in the pre-alpha stage, so location names, character names, and other details may change.
  • There is still no indicative release date.

This post was quickly removed from Reddit (if it's fake then why?). Fortunately, someone managed to save a screenshot.

Of course, the information provided is not verified. Nevertheless, it seems fully plausible. But judge it for yourself.