Rockstar Games’ highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto 6 (GTA 6) is poised for an explosive debut in 2025 following an exciting trailer release late last year. Even amid leaks and speculations surrounding it, its trailer amassed over 174 Million views on YouTube since release, sparking global fan anticipation and delight.
Unveiled on December 5, the GTA 6 trailer offered jaw-dropping visuals that offered an insight into Vice City. Accompanied by Tom Petty songs and prompting an astounding 37,000 percent surge in Spotify streams for his songs, its unveiling proved challenging due to leakage online hours before release, leaving Rockstar Games’ CEO Strauss Zelnick dissatisfied.
Zelnick commented on the leak by noting: "When it comes to leaks, that can always be disappointing; but in this instance, I don't believe they had much impact."
Even so, the official trailer garnered widespread applause for its captivating portrayal of both the setting and characters of the game.
Our trailer has leaked so please watch the real thing on YouTube: https://t.co/T0QOBDHwBe— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) December 4, 2023
GTA 6 has not escaped leaks and speculation. Leaked footage surfaced of its development back in February of 2018, prompting Zelnick to stress the emotional toll while promising minimal business disruption. Since its announcement date (June 2022) however, GTA 6’s journey to completion has been dogged by leaks including one major hack which unveiled details about protagonists and settings from within its framework.
As indicated by the official trailer, players can expect to enter Vice City alongside two playable characters: Lucia and Jason (or her presumed partner Jason) while immersing themselves into Leonida – Miami-esque setting inspired by Leonida that’ll provide fans with an engaging experience.
Take-Two Interactive Entertainment Ltd, the parent of Rockstar Games, announced robust third quarter earnings for fiscal year 2024 due to continued success from Grand Theft Auto 5, GTA Online, and Red Dead Redemption series titles. However, Take-Two revised their revenue projections for 2025 which could signal delays with the GTA 6 release date.
Analysts speculate that GTA 6’s release could have an exponentially beneficial effect on Take-Two’s quarterly earnings; projections point towards it potentially debuting during the second half of fiscal year 2026. Yet even amid challenges and setbacks, the anticipation surrounding GTA 6 remains immense, reflecting fans eagerly waiting the return of this iconic franchise.