Following an extensive report on the development of Rockstar’s highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto 6 earlier this week, a few more claims have surfaced, giving a clearer indication of just how ambitious the project was originally planned to be.
Rockstar finally confirmed that development on GTA 6 was “well underway” earlier this year, and while official details remain extremely limited, a report from Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier on Tuesday shared a number of tantalizing details about the project, claiming that it will be set in Miami and will feature the show’s first female protagonist as part of a Bonny and Clyde-style duo.
Notably, though, Schreier claimed that Rockstar’s original plans were much more ambitious, with a map that would include “large swathes of North and South America”. Axios’ Stephen Totilo has the site added some more detail to these claimsciting its own source as saying that Rockstar had previously planned to have four protagonists in GTA 6, with the action unfolding in three cities.
Admittedly, it’s not a huge amount of new details, but it gives a much clearer idea of how far Rockstar ultimately chose to scale back GTA 6’s scope as it moved to create a more manageable development cycle and a healthier, more sustainable work environment for employees.
Rockstar has long faced intense criticism over its corporate culture and reliance on crunch – things came to a head in 2018 when Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser, who left the company in 2020, said employees had worked “100-hour weeks” to complete Red Dead Redemption 2 — but Bloomberg’s report claimed that the studio has been working to improve its culture recently, having implemented such things as a new flexi-time policy to immediately get back extra time spent at work, a reduced gender pay gap and the hiring of more producers for to ensure that the workload is handled better.
While fresh reports and rumors will almost certainly continue to emerge now that GTA 6’s development is officially in full swing, it’s unlikely that Rockstar will have much to share anytime soon. Bloomberg claims the project is years away from release despite being in production “in one form or another” since 2014.