It’s been a long time since we got a mainline Grand Theft Auto game—just about a decade in fact since the September 2013 release of GTA V. But as speculation mounts and gamers grow ever hungrier for more of Rockstar Games’ open world action adventure series, it’s starting to look like the wait will soon come to an end.
Take-Two Interactive, Rockstar Games’ parent company, just released its earnings call this week for Q1 FY2024. In which it made an eyebrow-raising statement saying about its expectations for the 2025 fiscal year (which will begin in the coming March).
We remain confident that we are positioning our business for a significant inflection point in fiscal 2025, which we believe will
include new record levels of operating performance. We would like to thank all of our stakeholders for their continued support,
and we look forward to delivering on this exciting next chapter.”
It’s not hard to interpret “new record levels of operating performance” as entailing some big new release from one of Take-Two’s subsidiaries. Specifically the next installment of Grand Theft Auto. And that is exactly what many online are speculating. Take-Two predicts it will net $8 billion in the next fiscal year compared to about $5.5 billion for FY2024.
We haven’t heard too much about GTA VI since, other than reports that it will be the most expensive video game ever created. Which, given the size and scope of GTA games and considering this will be the first truly next-gen installment, would not be much of a surprise.