GTA 6 May Release in Early 2025 as Reports Suggest it is Already in ‘Final Stages’ of Development

Himel Mahmud
By Himel Mahmud
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Credit: Rockstar

An email from a Rockstar executive revealed that Grand Theft Auto 6 has entered the final stages of development, and there are some changes at the developer’s workplace.

According to a Bloomberg report, Rockstar Games is asking employees to return to the office five days a week starting in April, as Grand Theft Auto 6 is ‘entering the final stages of development.’ Rockstar decided to bring the employees to work from the office because the publisher is worried about security breaches.

Rockstar Games revealed the Grand Theft Auto 6 trailer in December 2023, and it became the most-viewed YouTube video in 24 hours. Following the trailer’s release, there has been plenty of speculation and analysis regarding the potential release date. However, Rockstar made few official statements regarding the situation. Yet, an internal email from a Rockstar executive provided insight into the current state of development of Grand Theft Auto 6.

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Developers Returning To The Office As The Project Enters Final Stages of Development

Rockstar’s Head of Publishing, Jenn Kolbe, emailed the employees working on Grand Theft Auto 6 that they were asked to work from the office five days a week starting in April. According to Kolbe, the company made the decision for productivity and security reasons as the game is now entering the final stages of development.

Making these changes now puts us in the best position to deliver the next Grand Theft Auto at the level of quality and polish we know it requires, along with a publishing roadmap that matches the scale and ambition of the game.

Jenn Kolbe, Head of Publishing for Rockstar
Lucia and Jason, Protagonists of GTA 6 | Credit: Rockstar
Lucia and Jason, Protagonists of GTA 6 | Credit: Rockstar

Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier reported that employees are not happy about returning to the office full-time after working for the company in remote or hybrid settings during and after the COVID period.

However, Rockstar’s decision to make the employees return to the office is valid because the company’s security has been breached numerous times. Previously, Rockstar has faced security breaches as early development footage from GTA 6 has been leaked. Some analysts believe that after the early leak of the first GTA 6 trailer, the developers decided to tighten up the security of the project.

Rockstar announced in the first Grand Theft Auto 6 trailer that the game will be released in 2025. Many fans were disappointed because there were speculations that GTA 6 might be released sometime in 2024.

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Himel Mahmud is a Staff Writer and Social Media Manager at GameRiv. A former FIFA Professional, Himel has been playing video games forever. He plays video games passionately, loves football and an avid music listener.