GTA 6 won’t release in 2023 but we can still take a look at what we can expect from Rockstar Games in the next 12 months. The new year will mark the fifth year since the release of the last new Rockstar Games title and fans have grown restless as they await the next leap in open-world gaming. Following on from our Rockstar Games 2022 year in review, we will now look ahead at what we can expect.
GTA 6 logo and trailer finally?
This year was finally the year in which Rockstar Games confirmed they were deep in development of the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series. That was early in the year and aside from that they remained unwilling to mention it other than at the end of a infrequent newswire post. We only saw the game because of the huge leak. Many assumed Rockstar would feel forced into revealing the title, releasing a logo, and dropping a trailer due to the leak yet they did not. Their plan for GTA 6 didn’t include 2022.
The question is always when will it be? Big gaming events such as E3 or The Game Awards are easy predictions fans make. Rockstar don’t need to show up and pay money to appear at someone else’s show. They can drop just a picture of a colour and their logo at 2pm on a Sunday without any words. This broke the internet before, why would they pay to show up at a live stream this time? If GTA VI’s proper unveiling is to happen in 2023, it could happen at any point in the year. It does feel like this is the year doesn’t it?
Of course there’s more for GTA Online
We already know 2023 will be kicking off with some new GTA Online content. A second part of the Los Santos Drug Wars update will contain a bunch of new GTAO story missions, weapons, vehicles and more. One thing a lot of people are looking forward to is the ability to work as a Taxi driver. Rockstar did confirm this is coming “early next year” so we won’t have to wait too long hopefully.
In terms of unannounced content, reputable leaker TezFunz2 reported that a future update will include music creation. Music has had a big part throughout the history of Rockstar Games. Founders Sam and Dan Houser came from a record label which Take-Two bought hence how Rockstar Games came to be. The GTA series’ radio was been culturally popular. More recently we’ve had real life musicians such as Dr. Dre turn up in GTA Online and Rockstar Games have started their own record label.
In 2009, Rockstar released their own music game titled Beaterator so this would not be the first time they’ve delved into music making in a game. Tez claims this content could also come with the appearance of Michael De Santa in GTA Online’s story. If none of this is canned, it is likely we see this content come to GTA Online in 2023.
Aside from that we don’t know where else Rockstar will take GTAO in the next year. More engaging in-game events like the Sprunk vs. eCola would be nice. With plenty of welcomed fan requests that have improved the game in 2022, I’d expect Rockstar to keep this going as well. On the flip side we hope they don’t make decisions that negatively impact the game or community much like GTA+ did in 2022.
More to come for the failed remasters
The Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition is looking to have some headlines in 2023. We recently reported Rockstar have taken over control of the project and are preparing it for a Steam and Epic Games Store release in the future. It has been more than 12 months since the exclusive release on the Rockstar Games Launcher for PC. Some people thought it would be a year timed exclusivity which we now know is not the case. If we had to guess, a release on the other platforms would be happening earlier in 2023 rather than later. The hope is this will come with a major patch on all platforms to resolve so many of the outstanding issues.
The timing of this might also coincide with its release on iOS and Android. The The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition for mobile has been delayed a few times now. The most recent update was it being in Take-Two’s November investor release calendar to release before March 2023. Take-Two’s next report for investors will be released on February 6th 2023. Given how poorly their stock has been trading due to the worry over their purchase of Zynga, it is shaping up to be a spicy one.
Where are you hiding GTA VR, Zuck?
Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta is in all kinds of trouble right now so the release of GTA San Andreas for VR might not be on his mind at all. Fan’s don’t forget though! It has been over a year since the Zuckerberg announced Meta were working with Rockstar Games to bring a virtual reality version of GTA San Andreas to the Oculus (now Meta) Quest 2. This always felt like a strange project given the game is quite old but the idea of it is still fun. Meta have held several game showcases throughout 2022 and we tuned into see if GTA SA VR would get a mention. Not at all. If this project is not dead then we could see it in 2023. We have to, right?
May Payne and more?
One of the Rockstar Games surprises of 2022 was the Max Payne 1 & 2 remakes announcement. Even though they won’t be developing the game and just publishing, it will be interesting to follow Rockstar’s involvement. When Remedy and Rockstar announced the news in April 2022, the next gen remakes were “currently in the concept development stage”. The conceptual segment of a game can take sometime. Plus Remedy are quite busy on a number of other games. It is no surprise we’ve not heard anything on the Max Payne remake collection since then. The likelihood of a bit of news for this in 2023 is high enough for us to mention it in this article.
Everything else Rockstar Games are currently cooking up is an unknown. For now, we just have to see what surprises they have up their sleeve for 2023. It’s hard to believe this will be the 10th year of GTA V and GTA Online, where has time gone?