The maker of the notorious Grand Theft Auto video game franchise announced Friday that a new edition is under development, confirming long-bubbling speculation.
“We’re pleased to confirm that active development for the next entry in the series is underway,” the studio’s subsidiary Take Two Interactive said in an online post.
Many of you have been asking about a new entry in the Grand Theft Auto series.
With every new project, our goal is always to significantly move beyond what we’ve previously delivered. We’re pleased to confirm that active development for the next entry in the series is underway.
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) February 4, 2022
More than 230 million copies of Grand Theft Auto, referred to as GTA, have been sold overall.
An online, multiplayer version of the game boasts a large and devoted community of fans, some of whom took to Twitter to express delight at the news along with jibes that Rockstar might not deliver the new game for years.
One fan of the game tweeted a photo of three elderly men hunched over a video game controller, joking it would be him and friends when GTA 6 is finally available.
A tweet from the account @robertyoushock focussed on Rockstar saying the new game is well underway.
“This same language was used in June 2012 in regards to GTA V,” the tweet read, noting it took 14 more months for the game to launch.
The GTA franchise in which players take on the role of a criminal has been criticised for glorifying law-breaking, violence, and abuse of women.
“This could be the GTA to end all GTAs!,” read a tweeted reply to Rockstar from the account of self-described esports commentator and game streamer @nathanias.