EXCLUSIVE: GTA 6 story details, release date & new GTA Online map

We have new intel on GTA 6's narrative, setting and release date, plus what prior leaks were false.


The GTA 6 rumor mill never stops. It doesn't matter if it's hearsay, a leak, or an announcement; fans will generally find something new about GTA 6 - right or wrong - every time they go online.

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This time around, the latest info we have about Grand Theft Auto VI concerns the game's potential storyline and when, as well as where, GTA 6 could be set. We also have some GTA Online and GTA IV info for good measure.

Thanks to Matheusvictorbr, we found out some exclusive new details about GTA 6. According to the longtime Rockstar insider, Grand Theft Auto 6's story will follow twin siblings, one male, one female, who are separated following the death of their parents at the hands of the cartel in 2003. The game will reportedly explore this tragic event in its prologue, which could be set in Brazil.

The main campaign itself will be set some time in the 2020s, possibly 2023 or 2024, as the two siblings eventually meet up as adults but on opposite sides.

Apparently, the male sibling becomes an agent for the DOA, a parody of the real-world government organization, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). However, his sister will seek revenge against the cartel her own way, working her way up the ranks of the very same cartel that killed their parents to become one of their hitwomen.

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Matheus couldn't go into detail about how the two would meet or whether players can play as both characters, but did mention that the brother goes up against the sister's cartel and the siblings find out about each other the "hard way." The main characters aside, the leaker describes the next GTA game as the "first" in the video game industry to really dive deep into the cartel/military way of life.

As for GTA 6's setting, Matheus denies the rumors that the game will be set in the 70s, 80s, or 90s, as per the infamous "Project Americas" leak, which we've been told is mostly fake.

Instead, he says that the game's setting will be Carcer City, as well as Cuba, Columbia and the Miami-inspired Vice City from 2002's GTA: Vice City. Rockstar is said to be focusing on enhancing gameplay and features where it makes sense to spend dev time, rather than making the game span several decades story-wise, a development task that is apparently "too demanding" in comparison.

Carcer City previously appeared in a different Rockstar IP - Manhunt. While canonically part of the 3D era GTA universe, this connection was only ever minor easter eggs, with GTA and Manhunt never crossing over meaningfully. Whether the name reuse in GTA 6, if true, means something on that front or is merely another easter egg, remains to be seen.

The game's open-world will reportedly feature destructible buildings.

The intel we have also refers to "ambitious technology" that the military will have at its disposal in Grand Theft Auto 6, as well as how Rockstar wants the game to reflect the current times, something the studio "couldn't do accurately in GTA 5."

Finally, when asked about GTA 6's development progress or release date, Matheus said a 2024 release is planned.

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So, in summary, this is what our latest GTA 6 leak is saying:

  • The story is about twin siblings who find themselves on opposite sides of the law.
  • The prologue could be set in Brazil.
  • The military and the cartel will have modern weaponry never before seen in a GTA game.
  • "Some" of the info found in the initial Project Americas leak is true, but much of it is fake, such as the timeline.
  • Rockstar plans to release GTA 6 in 2024.

As for Grand Theft Auto Online, Rockstar has not forgotten about the standalone title. Matheus claims that Rockstar will extend the map and add Liberty City as well as more activities such as a "Cops 'n Crooks mode" and feature a fight between players and major GTA antagonist, Don Percival. The leaker also told us that as many as 20 new radio stations could arrive in the game, including one called Carcer Soul FM.

Additionally, for those hoping for a Grand Theft Auto IV remaster, which was rumored in November last year, apparently one is planned, eventually. It will be contained in a bundle with two other GTA games.

Even if all this proves to be accurate, we must remember that GTA 6 is still in active development. After being confirmed earlier this year, GTA VI might not come out until 2026, as per other leaks. Obviously, the game will evolve over time. The leaker knows this and says that while things could change, the "base" story of GTA 6 being about the cartel and the two siblings will likely remain.

All the GTA 6 information known so far.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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