Why GTA 6 release date is unconfirmed and 2K is announcing a new franchise

Why GTA 6 release date is unconfirmed and 2K is announcing a new franchise

The GTA 6 release date remains unconfirmed (Image: ROCKSTAR GAMES)

Take-Two Interactive has confirmed that it will be Rockstar Games that announce the Grand Theft Auto 6 release date.

However, that didn’t stop them from revealing that a new franchise will be unveiled by 2K Games later this month.

Technically, we don’t know what the new game will be, and that will be left to 2K later in August.

The news was shared by Take-Two president, Karl Slatoff, who revealed this week: “During the fourth quarter, 2K and Gearbox Software will launch an exciting new franchise.

“Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is an epic adventure full of whimsy, wonder, and high-powered weaponry set in an unpredictable fantasy world where magic, broadswords, and bullets collide.

“It is an entirely new game and a fully standalone experience, with a rich, story-driven co-op campaign for up to four players, as well as repeatable end-game content.

“In addition, later this month, 2K will unveil details of another exciting new franchise planned for launch during this fiscal year.”

So why are 2K preparing for another big reveal, and Rockstar Games are only sharing news regarding GTA Online?

It might have something to do with the other announcements shared by Take-Two this week concerning the Grand Theft Auto franchise.

According to Take-Two, GTA 5 has now sold 150 million copies, and that’s up by millions since the last announcement.

It appears that from May 2021, five million more copies have been sold across all platforms, which highlights the staying power of the game.

With more content being released every few months in GTA Online, plenty of people continue to spend cash on the game across PS4, Xbox One and PC.

And with millions of more games being sold each month, there is no need to speed up the release of Grand Theft Auto 6.

A further statement from Take-Two adds: “For nearly eight years, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online have redefined the creative and cultural influence of interactive entertainment – setting new standards for multiple generations of consumers and gaming platforms.

“Sales of Grand Theft Auto V were significantly above our expectations once again, and the title

has now sold-in more than 150 million units. Rockstar Games continued to keep its massive player base engaged with new content updates for Grand Theft Auto Online, including eight new stunt races, seven new arenas for Deadline mode and regular in-game bonuses and incentives.

“This helped drive the title to its second-highest Q1 on record for player audience and its 3rd consecutive quarter of player growth. In comparison to the first quarter of fiscal 2020, Grand Theft Auto Online achieved a 72% increase in its audience size, a 77% increase in new players, and significant growth in recurrent consumer spending.”

Grand Theft Auto isn’t expected to get a new game until 2024, and without a significant drop in performance, there is no reason to think things will speed up before then.

The next big date in the Rockstar calendar will be November 11, which is when GTA 5 and GTA Online arrive natively on PS5 and Xbox Series X.

And it seems likely that the company is betting on this new version pushing sales even further in the Grand Theft Auto franchise.

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