GTA VI trailer debuts in December. Here’s what you need to know.

Grand Theft Auto fans, mark your calendars.

A trailer for the next game in the Grand Theft Auto franchise will air in early December, giving players a first look at the latest entry, GTA maker Rockstar Games said Wednesday in an X post.

The announcement follows a decade of frenzied speculation over the game studio’s follow-up to its cult classic game, GTA V, which debuted in 2013. It also comes just hours before the game maker’s parent company, Take-Two Interactive Software, announces its fourth-quarter earnings.

Here’s everything we know about GTA VI so far.

What will GTA VI look like?

A massive cache of pre-release gameplay footage leaked online last year and cited by Bloomberglooks to offer a glimpse of what GTA VI can offer: a modernized map, new playable characters, and fresh gameplay mechanics.

Based on this footage, the latest installment of the Grand Theft Auto series will transport players to Vice City, the same fictional version of Miami that serves as the backdrop for Tommy Vercetti’s criminal exploits in the game GTA: Vice City, the leaked footage shows. The gameplay environment will feature modern-looking buildings and cars and will be peppered with palm trees and beaches much like the original Vice City map, according to the leaked screenshots.

As for playable characters, players will have two options: a male and female character, Bloomberg reported. The inclusion of a female playable protagonist is a first for the GTA franchise, according to to The Verge.

Finally, the game will feature more AI-driven elements, such as non-playable characters, according to Bloomberg.

When is GTA VI release date?

Rockstar Games has not yet announced a release date for GTA VI.

That said, release dates are never really set in stone, and Rockstar could potentially push back GTA VI’s release even after setting a date.

In fact, the game studio pushed back the launch of Red Dead Redemption II several times and finally rolled out the game in October 2019, more than a year after its originally planned release date, GameSpot reported.

How much does GTA VI cost?

Rockstar Games has not announced the price of GTA VI. However, the game house’s last major release, Red Dead Redemption II, sold for $59.99 in 2019, the company’s website shows.

However, games have debuted at higher price points in the years since RDR II’s release. Last year both Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II and Gotham Knights retailed for $69.99 at launch, GameStop’s website shows.

Why is there so much hype about GTA VI?

GTA VI’s predecessor, GTA V, was a smash hit, selling more than 185 million copies internationally in the ten years since its release, The Verge reported. In addition, the game also achieved the distinction of becoming the second best-selling video game of all time, according to a 2021 location from the IT company Hewlett Packard.

GTA V, along with the rest of the GTA series, has become so popular that its influence has even permeated popular music. Hip-pop and rap artists such as Juice WRLD, Machine Gun Kelly, Eazy-E and Denzel Curry have all dropped references to the GTA series in their song lyrics, while some of their music videos appear to be based on the video game’s fictional cities.

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