‘GTA6 out in 2025? I’ll just be sitting here waiting… in front of my TV’: Fans react to new Grand Theft Auto as trailer for latest installment of outrageous game series is released
- The series has been criticised for its treatment of women and LGBTQ people
Video game fans are disappointed that they will have to wait until 2025 to play Grand Theft Auto 6 after an ‘insane’ trailer for newest installment in the series was leaked on social media.
‘GTA VI’ will be released in 2025 and set in fictional Vice City, reminiscent of Miami that was last seen in the hit franchise’s 2006 installment, and appears to feature the first playable female character in the series.
The outrageous crime shooter is famed for is debauched gameplay, with previous installments allowing players to partake in x-rated sex scenes with prostitutes, drug deals and unfettered violent killing sprees.
And the new game appears to stick close to its shocking roots, with the latest clip showing women having cash thrown over their bodies in strip clubs, posing in bikinis and twerking in skimpy clothes on top of moving cars.
Drug deals, violent shoot-ups and police raids also feature in the new trailer – as well as boat parties, arrests and illegal car stunt gatherings.
But fans are complaining that they will have to wait ‘like ten years’ to play the new installment, which gamers – including NBA star LeBron James – have already branded as ‘insane’ and ‘pure fire’.
‘GTA VI’ will be released in 2025 and set in fictional Vice City, reminiscent of Miami, appearing to feature the first playable female character in the franchise
The trailer for Grand Theft Auto 6 has been released after a teaser for Rockstar Games’ open-world crime series was leaked on social media
The franchise was criticized for its treatment of women, minorities and LGBTQ people
‘GTA6 looks INSANE!!!! SHEESH,’ Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James tweeted, adding a series of fire emojis.
‘GTA 6 is going to be fire,’ echoed X user SpawnPoiint. ‘Just need to wait until 2025 now…’
Another social media user added: ‘GTA 6 looking lit.’
‘Ngl, this GTA trailer leak looks like pure fire,’ penned @ElCid_Tweets.
‘GTA6 coming out in 2025? Thats like 10 years away,’ complained another.
Australian youTuber and streamer Jake Buckley added: ‘When you finish watching the GTA 6 trailer and it ends with “Coming 2025”.’
‘We need to stay safe until the launch of GTA 6 in 2025,’ joked another fan.
One fan jokingly paid tribute to the video game lovers who won’t be able to play the game, tweeting: ‘RIP to the gamers who didn’t make it to to see the GTA 6 trailer.’
The early release of the clip, prompted by a leak online, came on the eve of Tuesday’s scheduled first glimpse for GTA VI.
‘Our trailer has leaked so please watch the real thing,’ Rockstar Games, the company behind GTA, said in a post on X, formerly Twitter.
Video game fans are furious that they will have to wait until 2025 to play Grand Theft Auto 6 after an ‘insane’ trailer for newest installment in the open-world crime series was leaked online
The video skyrocketed to 50 million views on YouTube in just nine hours – and is on track to become the most watched video in a single day on the platform, a record held by Korea pop group BTS for their 2020 ‘Dynamite’ video, which hit 101million views in 24 hours.
‘I feel like this GTA will lean much more into the absurdity of America, much more than GTA V did,’ wrote a member of a Reddit forum devoted to spotting references in the trailer.
‘Oh absolutely,’ replied another member of the forum.
‘Florida is the #1 craziest place in America, a place where you can get an AR-15 (assault rifle) and a free turkey with a roofing service. I’m so hyped.’
Set to the Tom Petty song ‘Love Is A Long Road,’ the GTA VI trailer opens with a female character named Lucia being released from prison in what appears to be Florida.
In one scene an alligator walks in through the front doors of a corner store. In another, a woman in a bathing suit is twerking on the roof of a moving car.
Near the close of the one-minute-and-30-second trailer, the Lucia character tells her male partner in crime: ‘The only way we are going to get through this, is by sticking together, being a team.’
The pair go on to burst into a store with pistols drawn and bandanas covering the lower halves of their faces.
The first trailer for ‘Grand Theft Auto VI’ was officially released ahead of schedule December 4
The trailer for GTA 6 is on track to become the most watched YouTube video in a single day
The early release of the trailer, prompted by a leak online, came on the eve of Tuesday’s scheduled first glimpse for GTA VI
Critics have from the beginning accused the series of glorifying violence and encouraging players to engage in criminal behavior
Fans were quick to infer the scene meant rumors of a ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ type crime couple, with GTA’s first playable female character, are coming true.
‘Major Bonnie and Clyde vibes,’ one member of the Reddit forum noted.
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‘Grand Theft Auto VI continues our efforts to push the limits of what’s possible in highly immersive, story-driven open-world experiences,’ Rockstar founder Sam Houser said in a statement.
The franchise – famed for its tongue-in-cheek take on real-life characters – also appears to mock a number of real-life characters in its latest clip.
In one scene, fans are shown a foul-mouthed woman in a pink night dress brandishing two hammers – who bares a striking similarity to a woman who went viral in Los Angeles in 2020.
Dubbed ‘LA Susan’, footage of the enraged woman smashing up her neighbour’s car in the Californian state with two hammers became an internet sensation.
In the clip, filmed in a residential area of Chatsworth, in LA County’s San Fernando Valley, the woman is heard yelling a witnesses to ‘get the f**k out of this neighborhood’ and ‘go back to Mexico’.
GTA VI appears to poke fun at the woman, with their character being filmed on ‘LuchaLibreFan’ live, with the caption ‘Neighbourhood watch don’t play around in Hamlet’ – in a nod to LA Susan’s vitriolic outburst.
There even appears to be a GTA-style take on a notorious Florida man dubbed the ‘Joker’ for his series of facial tattoos resembling the iconic Batman villain – played by the late Heath Ledger (and more recently by Napoleon star, Joaquin Phoenix).
GTA VI appears to mock the ‘LA Susan’ (right) who went viral in 2020 for her foul-mouthed outburst
Released a decade ago, GTA V has sold around 190 million copies, according to Rockstar-parent Take-Two Interactive, making it the best-selling game in the United States for the past decade based on both unit and dollar sales.
The entire GTA franchise has sold a mammoth 410 million units so far, according to Take-Two.
Wedbush analyst Nick McKay estimated that predecessor GTA V and an ongoing, online multiplayer extension of the game have brought in nearly $10 billion in revenue.
With the wild success has come a wave of controversies.
Critics have from the beginning accused the series of glorifying violence and encouraging players to engage in criminal behavior – allegations Take-Two executives have denied.
GTA V players sell drugs, fight, rob, go on car rampages and more.
Gameplay options also included assaulting prostitutes and going to strip clubs, raising the ire of activists.
The trailer appears to feature the first playable female character in the franchise
Police raids, car crashes, arrests, and illegal car stunt gatherings feature in the new trailer
Boat raids are also shown in the latest clip for the open-world crime game
GTA V included transgender characters, but ‘they were sex workers that were grotesque caricatures of transgender women,’ said Blair Durkee, associate director of gaming at nonprofit LGBTQ advocacy organization GLAAD.
Videos of players beating those trans characters with baseball bats in the game can readily be found online, according to Durkee.
‘We certainly hope that GTA VI will reflect a more inclusive attitude toward LGBTQ characters and players,’ Durkee said.
GTA protagonists have historically been flawed but likable characters in a virtual world ‘that takes its cues from the craziness of what we read about in the news every day,’ according to McKay.
The release of GTA V a decade ago came with the launch of an online multiplayer option.
‘I can play according to the main storyline, or I can just explore the world and cause mayhem to fill the time,’ McKay said.
‘Very little is off-limits to the player.’
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