"GTA VI Coming 2019": this is the message that has popped up across the screens of many GTA Online players over the last few days and, naturally, people are confused.
Has Rockstar's chart-topping game just accidentally leaked its own sequel? Could it really be that GTA 6 is launching next year, in such close proximity to the release of Red Dead Redemption 2? Is a stealth announcement for the open-world crime series imminent? Sadly the answer to all of these questions is... probably not.
Even though there was a rumour going around a couple of months ago that we might see a GTA VI in the near future, and it is common practice for a developer to populate its titles with mini commercials for upcoming sequels, and games have been leaked this way before when said notification goes out ahead of the official announcement.
Additionally, this GTA 6 'rumour' isn't a contained issue, but multiple users have reported the pop-up appearing in their game, across several platforms, with verified screenshots to boot. So, yeah, there's absolutely a chance, however small, that this is real, and a new Grand Theft Auto game is indeed out next year.
But that's a very glass half full outlook on the situation. For one thing, the only platforms where this notification is being reported is on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360, which are the only consoles where modding is currently available in GTA 5. With that in mind, this is very likely the work of a mean-spirited hacker, who has somehow managed to infiltrate people's games' with false promises of a non-existent sequel.
It takes, on average, several years for Rockstar to release a new game, so the idea that it would launch two within 12 to 15 months of each other sounds absurd.
That hasn't stopped sending the internet crazy with speculation, though, and understandably so. Even if it is fake news, it's pretty convincing, so no wonder GTA fans are being sent into meltdown. Whether GTA 6 is happening next year or not, we can hardly complain when the sequel to Red Dead Redemption is right around the corner, which is probably going to take us all at least two years to complete anyway.