Early plans for Grand Theft Auto 6 reportedly featured four protagonists and three cities

Early plans for Grand Theft Auto 6 reportedly featured four protagonists and three cities

Following a detailed report on the development of Rockstar’s highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto 6 earlier this week, a few additional claims have surfaced that give a clearer indication of just how ambitious the project was originally planned.

Rockstar finally confirmed earlier this year that development of GTA 6 was “well underway,” and while official details remain extremely limited, a report by Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier on Tuesday shared a number of enticing details about the project, claiming it will be set in Miami and will feature the series’ first female protagonist as part of a Bonny and Clyde-esque duo.

Notably, however, Schreier claimed Rockstar’s original plans were much more ambitious, and included a map that would include “large parts of North and South America.” Axios’ Stephen Totilo has since added a little more detail to these claimsciting its own source, who said Rockstar previously planned to have four protagonists in GTA 6, with the action unfolding across three cities.

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It’s admittedly not an enormous amount of new detail, but it does offer a much clearer idea of ​​how far Rockstar ultimately decided to reduce the scope of GTA 6 as it moved, a more manageable development cycle, and a healthier, more sustainable working environment for to create employees.

Rockstar has long faced harsh criticism for its corporate culture and reliance on crunch — things came to a head in 2018 when Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser, who left the company in 2020, said employees worked “100-hour weeks” to finish Red Dead Redemption 2 – but Bloomberg’s report claimed the studio has been working to improve its culture lately, introducing a new flextime policy to immediately recoup extra hours, a narrowing gender pay gap and hiring additional producers to ensure workloads are better managed.

While new reports and rumors will almost certainly continue to surface now that GTA 6 development is officially in full swing, Rockstar is unlikely to have much to report any time soon. Bloomberg claims the project is several years away from release, though it’s been in production “in some form” since 2014.

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