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Grand Theft Auto 6 Will Be First On PS4 Before PS5 – Here’s Why

The foundations are laid for Grand Theft Auto 6. Rockstar Games’ experience with multiple titles in the long-running series, including the latest game, GTA V – not to mention GTA Online and the dozens of updates that have been released since its launch in 2013 – means that the developer is well prepared for its PS5 debut.

Though GTA 6 has yet to be announced, there’s no question it’s coming. Where there’s big wads of cash to be made from its huge fan-base, you can get bet it’s been in the planning for some time. So, it’s not a matter of IF GTA is coming to PS5, it’s really just a matter of when.

Is Grand Theft Auto 6 Coming To PS4 And PS5?

But, what are the chances of GTA 6 appearing on PS4 first before PS5? It’s certainly within the realms of possibility as Rockstar made that exact move with Grand Theft Auto 5, which launched on PS3 before heading to PS4 about 14 months later. Players had a certain amount of time to transfer their progress, but had to rebuy the base game.

Well, they had a choice not to, but you only have to look at the sales figures to see that many players did exactly that, resulting in astronomical sales for GTA 5, reported to be over 90 million as of November 2018 – compared to the 91.6 million PS4 units currently in households around the world. Thus making GTA 5 the best-selling entertainment product ever. A large chunk of GTA fans would do exactly the same again, despite their complaints about feeling ripped off for buying the same game twice.

Rockstar cashed in big time. Why wouldn’t they want to replicate that? Looking at the gaps between releases of Grand Theft Auto III, IV and V, it’s exactly seven years between each one. If Rockstar carries on with that pattern, then GTA 6 could well be planned for 2020. This is exactly around the time that PS5 is rumoured to be released.

GTA 6 PS4 and PS5
Will Grand Theft Auto VI get a PS4 and PS5 release?

My gut feeling tells me that Grand Theft Auto 6 will launch on PS4 in 2020, grabbing the attention and the wallets of its millions of fans prior to the release of the next-gen console. Despite players knowing that it will be available on PS5, they’ll still want it day-one. When PS5 arrives, possibly as late as Spring 2021, Rockstar has already done the groundwork for next-gen. The hype will be off the scale for PS5, like it is with any big new console launch, and its millions of fans won’t be able to resist buying it for second time on PS5.

But What Do Analysts Say About GTA 6 on PS5?

Speaking to Gamingbolt, industry analyst Michael Pachter, doesn’t agree. “I say it comes out after 2022,” he said. “Remember, Red Dead Redemption 2 comes out eight years after the first one – so the idea that GTA 6 comes out before 2021 seems ridiculous. And Rockstar, the only announcements they’ve ever made more than a year before launch was because the launch itself was delayed. So best case, GTA 6 gets announced in 2020 for a 2021 release.”

I don’t know. I think it’s a big ask for Rockstar to have a new GTA game ready for 2020, considering Red Dead Redemption 2 has only recently launched and there’s work to be done still with Red Dead Online and GTA Online, but the financial gain to be made from launching GTA 6 on PS4 first before PS5 seems too big of a wasted opportunity.

What Game Is Rockstar Working On Now?

So, what do we know about what Rockstar is up to at the minute? Well, aside from working on the evolution of Red Dead Online, we do know they’ve been on a recruitment spree of late. This includes looking for artists and developers with a talent for MoCap and facial animation for “next-generation worlds”. Speculation is rife that this could be GTA 6, but I’d imagine we’re still a long way finding out for sure.

  • The Doctor

    If they’re hiring for facial-movement animators, maybe they’re working on the next LA Noire title. That’s what was used for the first one for the questioning bits.

  • DarthDiggler

    History is not necessarily indicative of the future. The premise of this article is based on speculation and there is little to no news-worthiness to this.

  • HAppY_KrAToS

    At one peak time there were over 4’000 people working on rdr2.

    Do the same thing with gta6, and you can basically make a full game from start to finish, in less than 2 years.
    Gta6 dev started even before gta5 was finished. Just like sony will start working on the ps5, before the ps4 was out, in nov 2013.

    Gta6 could well use the same engine as rdr2, slightly updated, as rdr2 started around 2011. Or they could have made a new engine as soon as gta5 was out, by nov 2014. Rockstar had 40-50 people working on the new gta6 engine, the whole 2015 year, with engineers coding the new engine, and a few 3d guys, that would be creating some 3d assets, to work with sime levels, the light engine, etc etc.meanwhile, since 2014, a few game writers were already hard at work, crafting 80% of the core story.

    Once the core engine was done, they probably had 100 200 people working on gta6, starting in jan 2016.
    Eventually, those people had to work 3 or 4 months on rdr2, between 2017-2018, to help making the game, probably 100% of the employees, internal and outsourced, were fully working on rdr2, since jan 2018 until august.

    I would say gta6 is currently finished around 60%. Now that r2r is done, only 100-150 people will be working on bugs, online and dlcs. I believe eveybody else is working on gta6 now, not only they will have 4’000 people from rdr2 fully working on gta6, but they’re even hiring an additional ton of people, for mocap, and probably other departments.

    The question is: will rock* be able to finish the remaining 50% of gta6, with over 4’200-4’500 employees, before nov 2019 ? I think so.
    With a proper engine, it’s a matter of 1 week, to randomly create a map, with different areas, sea, mountains, city, desert, with physics on, random trees, all textured, all working, with different npcs, cars, etc ready to work with an AI, etc etc. Just need to set some rules, variables, etc, and the entire map can be created even in 5 minutes. All they need to do is fine-tuning the different areas, move /add/delete some objects, etc etc, then, it’s just a matter of creating assets, from cars, npcs, weapons, etc, animating everything, texturing…

    It may look a lot of work, but with the current tools and engines, most stuff can be created on the fly.

    Will there be a ps4 version? Of course. With over 100 million ps4s out there, once the game is out, at least 20 million ps4 users will buy it.

    Gta6 could be a nov 2019 game. If the ps5 isn’t released by nov 2019, it will be released by nov 2020. Releasing gta6 in nov 2020, wouldn’t make a lot of sense, why would gamers buy a ps4 version, if they can buy a ps5 and pick gta6 ps5 version ?

    One thing is sure, rock* has no new announced games. They can’t just rely on gta5online and rdr2, for the next 5 years. Those 4’000 employees that were working on rdr2, it would be stupid to fire them, or stop working with them… just to have to re-wire everybody, a few months later. For sure, all those employees are working on a new title.

    Will there be a new gta game ? Gta is a pure gold mine. Even 10yo kids are playing it. Everybody is waiting for a new gta6 game. Not making it would be really stupid, as the entire market and community want it.

    This is my dumb point of view.. it’s more like a personal dream, than a concise analysis of what is really possible. Anyway, if today, gamers were asked to pay 200 bucks just to play gta6 during 30 minutes, over 10 million gamers would pay for it.
    We want gta6. Asap. NOW.

  • Darkside4500

    I have a feeling that the next game is a sequel to bully.

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  • Hama

    Well Rocktar has been greedy af. I just hope Cyberpunk realses on ps4

  • Sauce Boss

    Pretty sure Rockstar had recently said they don’t want to do another GTA in the current political climate.