expertreviews: Sony is rumoured to be in discussion with GTA 6 publisher Take Two over a potential buyout. This bizarre bit of news comes from stock market news site Market Watch, who reported a recent rise in Take Two Interactive stocks that could be attributed to “a potential takeover from Sony Corp.”

If this seems too good to be true – or, if you’re an Xbox owner, something from a nightmare – that’s because it probably is. A buyout of this sort would reduce the value of a ton of incredibly popular franchises, including Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption, and Borderlands.

Obviously, it would be a fantastic opportunity for Sony to end the console war, and the PlayStation fans out there can easily dream of a world in which GTA 6 is a PS5 exclusive. Unfortunately, we suggest taking the news with a large portion of salt.

GTA 6 is pretty much a given at this point. After the staggering success of Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar Games is no doubt hard at work constructing the game to end all games.

We’re pretty certain that GTA 6 will launch on the upcoming Xbox Two and PS5 consoles, but how will the game carry the series’ winning formula forward? Where will it be set? What will the storyline be? And for the love of God, when will we get a teaser trailer?

We’ve already had some clues as to how to answer these questions and more. Read on to find out all the current rumours and speculation about GTA 6’s release date and location, as well as everything we here at Expert Reviews want to see from GTA V’s much-anticipated successor.

GTA 6 trailer: When will we see the first footage?
If you’re here, reading this, then you’ve almost definitely watched at least one phoney GTA 6 trailer. You know: the sort that use ENBs, shaders, and texture packs to produce a modded Grand Theft Auto V that looks like GTA 6 for all of two seconds? Thought so.

Let’s talk facts for a moment. GTA V launched on 17 September 2013. The first trailer, however, appeared almost two years earlier: on 25 October 2011, we were treated to the following footage.

By this faultless logic, we could see a GTA 6 trailer as early as next year – this would point to a release date in 2022 which, as you will see, is our current best guess.

GTA 6 release date: When will it launch?
Games industry analyst Michael Pachter spoke to Gamingbolt about the future of Grand Theft Auto, and he doesn’t see a sequel launching for another three to four years.

“I say it comes out after 2022,” Pachter told the site. “Remember, Red Dead Redemption 2 comes out eight years after the first one – so the idea that GTA 6 comes out before 2021 seems ridiculous… best case, GTA 6 gets announced in 2020 for a 2021 release.”

October 2018 saw the release of Red Dead Redemption 2, meaning Rockstar will certainly dedicate 2019 and much of 2020 to its wild west series. But with that game out of the way, the path would be clear for a return to present-day crime action – whether that takes three or four years remains to be seen.

We’re currently betting on a GTA 6 launch in the year 2022, if not later. With the current console cycle winding down, that timeframe suggests GTA 6 might be released in time for the next generation of Xbox and PlayStation machines.

This is actually a pretty complicated question. GTA 5 straddled the console generations with astonishing success, launching first on the PS3/Xbox 360 and then again on the PS4/Xbox One around one year later.

It’s not all that common to see a game re-launch on a new console – though some, such as The Last of Us, have done so to great effect – and so it’s pretty safe to say that Rockstar nailed it. As per usual.

So what does that mean for GTA 6? Both Sony and Microsoft have made it clear that they are working towards a new generation of console. In one corner, we have ‘Project Scarlett:’ the codename given to a host of new Xbox consoles that will leverage Microsoft’s new xCloud program to make high-quality game streaming a reality.

In the other corner, we have the PS5: Sony is keeping their next-gen console under wraps, although recent leaks suggest that it will be a seriously powerful bit of kit. Oh, and then there’s the Mad Box, a new entrant from Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios.

Based on the current estimates, these next-gen machines will go head-to-head for the first time at E3 2020. By all accounts, GTA 6 is still a long way off, so we’d say with some confidence that the new Rockstar production will be limited to the so-called PS5 and Xbox Two.

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