The release of Grand Theft Auto 6 has been the subject of much speculation over the last few years. From a massive leak of in-development information to the official confirmation of its existence, not to mention a psychic’s unscientific opinion, there has been no shortage of rumors. The game’s predecessor, GTA 5, has been around for almost a decade, spanning three console generations since its launch in 2013. Its multiplayer offshoot, GTA Online, has been an enormous success, selling roughly 180 million units, according to publisher Take-Two.
Take-Two’s Earnings Report
Take-Two’s latest earnings report contains the company’s most significant indication yet of the GTA 6 release date. “In Fiscal 2025, we expect to enter this new era by launching several groundbreaking titles that we believe will set new standards in our industry and enable us to achieve over $8 billion in Net Bookings and over $1 billion in Adjusted Unrestricted Operating Cash Flow,” says Rockstar’s parent company. The statement’s most critical aspects are the reference to “several groundbreaking titles” and $8 billion in net bookings.
The fiscal year 2025 begins in April 2024 for UK firms and October 2024 for US firms, according to our understanding. However, there appears to be some flexibility on both sides of the pond. Regardless, it now appears that we may see GTA 6 as early as next year.
Rumors of a 2024 release date for GTA 6 have been circulating for some time. As previously noted in our GTA 6 guide, a Bloomberg report in 2022 stated that “current and former Rockstar staff reckon GTA 6 is still at least two years away from release, suggesting a 2024 launch.” Microsoft appeared to back up this assertion in one of its replies to the UK Competition and Markets Authority’s investigation into its ongoing acquisition of Activision Blizzard, stating that “The highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto 6 is expected to be released in 2024.”
Take-Two’s Earnings Projections
Take-Two’s $8 billion in annual net bookings is a significant increase from the company’s reported $5.35 billion in fiscal year 2023 and its approximate estimate of $5.42 billion for fiscal year 2024. The increase of approximately $3 billion is more consistent with Take-Two and Rockstar’s previous earnings reports. Although the mention of “several” new games is intriguing, it is worth noting that Take-Two also owns 2K and the recently acquired Farmville developer Zynga. The $3 billion increase could reflect additional acquisitions similar to the latter takeover.
The Success of GTA 5
GTA 5 is still generating significant revenue for Take-Two and Rockstar, having surpassed 100 million unit sales in 2018 and now exceeding 180 million. However, it appears that the stage is now set for the release of its successor, despite the lack of a trailer or proper announcement. According to my psychic, the release of GTA 6 will be in October 2024, but recent developments suggest it could be next year.
Ultimately, the release date for GTA 6 remains uncertain, but Take-Two’s financial report provides some insight into what we can expect in the coming years. Whether GTA 6 is released next year or in 2025, it is sure to be a groundbreaking title that sets new standards in the industry. Until then, we can only wait and see what Rockstar has in store for us.