It has now been 10 years since the release of GTA 5, which has led to the community becoming very frustrated and wanting a new game to be released. Thankfully, Rockstar Games is set to finally reveal GTA 6 in December 2023, but that means it will still be approximately two years until the game is released. With all of this time on their hands, the GTA community has created a lot of theories about what could be coming to the game, with some having weight to them and some being outlandish and wishful thinking. Here are the six best GTA 6 fan theories, how many do you think will come true?
6. AI NPCs
It seems like you can’t go a day without hearing about AI, and now you can’t even read about GTA 6 without it mentioned, but that could be a good thing. With the rise of AI technology, we have seen it quickly integrated into gaming with various mods, as well as developers looking at how it could be used natively in games in the future. One of these early AI mods has added AI-controlled NPCs to GTA roleplaying servers. These mods allow the player to talk in real-time to the NPC using their headset and have the NPC respond with their backstory and answer questions. Coincidentally, Rockstar Games recently acquired Cfx.re, the creators of the Fivem roleplaying mod. Could this mean that this new technology, as well as roleplaying integration, could be coming to GTA 6 and GTA Online? Many fans seem to think so.
One of the earliest rumors and fan theories is that GTA 6 could take place over multiple timelines and in different locations. A long-standing rumor is that the game will begin in a fictional Rio de Jenario in the 1960s or 1970s before jumping to a modern-day Vice City. This could be fun as we have only ever seen the series go beyond Liberty City, Vice City, and Los Santos twice with the GTA: London expansion pack for the original 1997 game, and Anywhere USA in GTA 2.
4. GTA 6 Will Feature Cryptocurrency
No, you won’t be able to earn GTA Coin and become rich by playing GTA 6, but cryptocurrency could be part of the game as an in-game currency. Cryptocurrency is a new form of technology that has only been around for a decade or so, and it hadn’t yet become known to the mainstream when GTA 5 was released. One of the main features of it is it is very secure to transfer money as well as more anonymous than traditional banking. This could make it a great way for the criminal underworld to send money and pay you for completing missions. With Rockstar Games having its finger on the pulse when it comes to highlighting trends, it would be surprising if it doesn’t appear in the game in some form.
Tommy Vercetti is one of the most popular and iconic characters in the GTA franchise, with him being the protagonist in GTA Vice City. At the time of GTA Vice City, which was set in 1986, Tommy Vercetti was 35 years old. This means that if GTA 6 is set in the 2020s, Vercetti would be in his 70s, which means he could appear as he is still alive as far as we know. The last time he was mentioned in canon was in 2002 on the promotional website for Vice City called Kent Paul’s 80’s Nostalgia Zone! The website suggested that as of 2002 he was still ruling Vice City as a Kingpin, so unless the law or his enemies caught up to him in the past 20 years, it is plausible that he could feature in GTA 6 in some capacity.
2. It Will Feature Every Map Merged Together
This is a theory that is often posted heavily online with the release of every game in recent memory, and that is Liberty City, Vice City, and Los Santos will be merged and accessible as one map. So far, this has never come to fruition and it is something that likely never will. Rockstar Games seems to alternate between the three maps every three games, which means that GTA 7 has a chance at being set in Liberty City unless it breaks a 20+ year tradition. It would be nice to play all of the maps in one game and have the most expansive GTA to date, but don’t hold your breath.
Since the release of GTA 5 live service games have exploded in popularity, with games such as Fortnite, Final Fantasy 14, and Destiny 2 constantly evolving with regular updates to bring fresh content, new stories, and map changes to the games. Rockstar Games took this approach with GTA Online, with Los Santos being updated from time to time and a constant stream of new storylines and missions to complete to expand upon the GTA universe. Unfortunately, the single-player aspect of GTA 5 has remained completely unchanged since 2013, with even the map now not matching its GTA Online counterpart.
This could all change with GTA 6 as some fans have speculated it could have an evolving single-player, which could add new content and storylines as well as an evolving map to match GTA Online. GTA Online has seen many fun stories play out that often involved characters seen in GTA 5, but not everyone wants to deal with playing with other players, which could make offering the same experience to people wanting to play solo a great option.