The recent Grand Theft Auto 6 leak might be fake - here's why

It appears that what's likely an elaborate and complicated troll job has been going on for quite some time.

Actor, Bryan Zampella, has been teasing his involvement with Grand Theft Auto 6 for a while now. Most recently, Zampella sent the internet into a frenzy after posting a photo on Instagram that made him look a lot like the rumored protagonist for GTA 6, Jason, along with a scenery that's reminiscent of Vice City. The fictionality city has been reported to be the setting of the next GTA title, continuing on the trend of recent GTA games recycling and upgrading the settings of older games.

GTA 6 will likely be set in a modern Vice City but the recent leaks probably aren't true.

Now, why did Bryan post this picture? Is he hinting that he is the voice actor of one of the protagonists for GTA 6? Or, is he hinting that the setting of the new GTA game is in Vice City? At this point, we don't for sure.

But, while it's easy to get excited, it's important to do your due diligence first.

Vice City is one of the most beloved locations in GTA history.

Earlier this year, 50 Cent "teased" his involvement with GTA 6 only to announce his next project after deleting his earlier posts.

Zampella might not be working on a new film but he probably isn't afraid to jump on the bandwagon and troll fans if only for exposure.

Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive do not mess around when it comes to their Non-Disclosure Agreements with the actors they work with. The strict NDA prevents anyone involved in any game from even teasing at fans over certain details without permission.

Not to mention, a trusted source revealed that Zampella isn't playing Jason but he didn't reveal if Zampella is involved in GTA 6 or not.

Ultimately, given how forward Zampella has been with his GTA 6 teases, it's unlikely he's part of the game. Otherwise, he'd have gotten himself in serious trouble already.

However, even if this leak might be fake and/or an elaborate troll job, one piece of news about GTA 6 that you might have heard of in recent weeks is likely true.

GTA 6's release date reveal is likely coming soon, we just have to sit tight and wait.

In a recent press release alongside its latest yearly earnings report, Take-Two Interactive confirmed its projections for the next fiscal year, which includes a whopping nearly $3 billion jump in revenue.

Companies just don't expect a massive influx in cash unless a lot of positive things or a really big thing is headed their way. Most signs point to this being a hint that GTA 6 is coming out in the next fiscal year, which lasts from April 2024 through March 2025.

Keep in mind that GTA 5 earned three billion in three days in 2013, beating Activision Blizzard's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 by a week to reach that figure and Hogwarts Legacy by over a month. It stands to reason that GTA 6 is expected to earn as much in as little time if not more, which explains the sudden jump in the company's expected revenue. But, of course, we could be wrong. Take-Two could be expecting something else, like a combination of the remakes of Max Payne 1 and 2, its in-development Middle-Earth title, and a bunch of other games that are included in its release pipeline through 2025.

BUT, GTA 6 is GTA 6, and $3 billion is a lot of money unless we're talking about the sequel to the second-best-selling game of all time and what's reportedly the most expensive video game ever made, in which case, it all makes sense.

We need to trust Rockstar to know what they're doing with how little they're talking about GTA 6.

So, while GTA 6 is expected to come out next year, presumably with a DLC and a potential reveal soon, we shouldn't be too quick to jump to conclusions and believe everything we see on the internet without double-checking.

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.