Bloomberg Rockstar Games has released a new report on Grand Theft Auto 6’s development, based on sources close by or within. Details show how the revamped and improved studio culture has influenced the game’s design, including playable characters, text and tone.
GTA 6, which Rockstar confirmed in February to be in active development, will feature a story inspired by two bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde, and a Latino female lead for the first time in the series. The game marks a return to Vice City, in and around the fictional modern-day Miami. Despite being set in one city, the game is said to have more indoor locations than any other GTA game. Still, the studio plans to update GTA 6 regularly over time to add more missions and even cities. Bloomberg GTA 6 is said to be released in March 2024. However, sources tell the publication that some Rockstar developers are skeptical that the game will arrive by this date.
The report also states that GTA 6 was originally called Project Americas and has been in the works in some form since 2014. However, development was slower than usual, in part because Rockstar wanted to establish a healthy work schedule to avoid crises, especially awakenings. Reports of workplace abuse that emerged during the development of Red Dead Redemption 2. Rockstar has implemented policies such as turning contractors into full-time employees, hiring more manufacturers to reduce workload, improving benefits for mental health and eliminating problem personnel. As a result of these changes, morale in the studio was reportedly very high.
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The move is part of a larger, progressive restructuring of the studio to remove what a source had described. Bloomberg as a “boys club” culture. This revision has reportedly affected the content of their games, especially in light of American culture in recent years. Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser spoke in 2018 about the challenges of modern America’s bewildering absurdity. Bloomberg Rockstar is reportedly overhauling the genre of writing and humor that has been criticized in the past for being more culturally sensitive. This includes avoiding misogyny and jokes that make fun of marginalized communities.
by Bloomberg History shows an example of this new mentality. Rockstar has developed an agent and robber squad mod called Cops ‘n’ Crooks for GTA Online. However, the studio decided to suspend this mod in 2020 due to the murder of George Floyd by a police officer and has not planned to release it since.
If these reports are true, Grand Theft Auto 6 could be a very different game compared to previous entries. The departure of lead writer Dan Houser in 2020 certainly had an impact, and it will be interesting to see a GTA game that lacks (or possibly less) its narrative flair. It’s certainly nice to hear that Rockstar values a healthy work-life balance. Only time will tell how these new changes will affect the highly anticipated game and the studio’s future.
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