PCRockstar is considering delaying GTA 6 to 2026

Although spring 2025 is reportedly still the target, GTA VI's release date could be pushed back to late 2025 or even 2026

by Sededin Dedovic
PCRockstar is considering delaying GTA 6 to 2026
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At the end of 2023, fans were excited by the long-awaited reveal of Grand Theft Auto VI, the latest installment in the series that defined open-world gaming. Rockstar Games has announced a 2025 release, but new reports suggest the wait could be even longer.

And according to everything, it looks like we will have to wait another two years. According to an investigation by Kotaku, Rockstar's internal policy of returning to the office instead of working from home is reportedly slowing down development.

Although the initial goal was an early 2025 release, the game's development is "delayed" due to adjusting to the new routine. Rockastar was actively working during the pandemic, and the employees were doing their jobs from home, but now it was time to go back to the offices.

Spring 2025 is still cited as the ideal date, but the release has been moved to late 2025 or even 2026 as a "backup plan" in the worst case scenario. This means that the wait for GTA VI could be longer than fans expected. However, it is important to consider both sides of the story.

On the one hand, it is understandable that players want to conspire as soon as possible in the criminal undergound of the new Grand Theft Auto. It's been more than a decade since GTA V took the world by storm, and expectations are high.

On the other hand, the extra development time can be beneficial for the self-release of the game and the developer's well-being. Rockstar Games is known for its ambitious projects, and GTA VI will be no exception. Giving the team time to polish the game and ensure a bug-free launch is key even though fans are already impatient.

No game has ever been awaited longer and with greater impatience. But the well-being of developers is of course a priority. Returning to the office after a long period of working from home can be a challenge, and the extra time will allow them to adjust, although the news was met with disappointment for both workers and fans of the game.

In the end, the wait for GTA VI may be a bit longer, but with additional development time and a focus on the well-being of the developers, we can expect a game that will exceed even the highest expectations, even though we are all tired of waiting.