After years of anticipation and rumors, Rockstar Games has finally unveiled the first official trailer for the highly-awaited Grand Theft Auto 6. Dropped on the Rockstar Newswire earlier today, the action-packed trailer gives fans their long-awaited first look at gameplay footage, characters, locations and more from the next installment in the iconic GTA series.
GTA 6 First Official Trailer Revealed
Lifting the curtain on what is easily one of the most eagerly-awaited games ever, the trailer reveals that GTA 6 will be set in the sprawling, fictional city of Vice City – Rockstar’s satirical take on the vibrant city of Miami. Fans can expect all the sun-soaked beaches, neon-lit streets, swanky mansions and seedy underbelly they’ve come to expect from the crime-ridden metropolitan.
The trailer shows off the impressive scale of the city, with sweeping shots of beaches, downtown skyscrapers, sprawling suburbs and more. Long-time fans will also spot plenty of callbacks to the first time players explored Vice City back in 2002’s GTA: Vice City, with iconic locales like the Malibu Club, Ocean Beach and the Vercetti Estate making an appearance. However, everything has been built from the ground up to take full advantage of the power of next-gen consoles.
Introduction to GTA 6’s Groundbreaking Dual Protagonists
In a series first, the trailer also introduces fans to GTA 6’s two playable protagonists – providing a glimpse of the intertwining stories that players will dive into. The first protagonist appears to be a young male who has recently arrived in Vice City to make a name for himself in the criminal underworld. The second is a young female protagonist who is a seasoned veteran of Vice City’s violent drug trade.
While their names, backstories and connections are still shrouded in mystery, the quick cuts of bar fights, high-speed car chases and tense shootouts in the trailer make it clear this criminal duo means business. This innovative dual-protagonist structure looks set to provide players with fascinating new perspectives on the seedy Vice City streets.
A Stunning Visual Showcase
While paying homage to Vice City’s past, the trailer also showcases unbelievable visuals that push the series into new territory. Everything has been built from the ground up to showcase the power of the latest generation of consoles. The trailer shows off extremely detailed character models, cinematic lighting, realistic shadows and reflections and buttery smooth gameplay – making it the best looking GTA yet. This next-gen visual overhaul looks set to deliver unprecedented levels of immersion for players.
Seamless Action and Wide Open World
Of course, fans expect more than just eye-candy from GTA – and the trailer delivers on the gameplay front as well. It hints at the most seamless, varied and dynamic open world experience yet from Rockstar. Transitioning from tense shootouts to high-speed car chases looks effortless. Iconic GTA elements like wild police chases, customizable cars, dangerous motorcycle drives along the beach, jetskiing across the open waters, base jumping from skyscrapers and more are on full display. This is the hallmark open world freedom and mayhem fans expect, but ratcheted up to new heights.
GTA 6 Release Date Set for Late 2024
The trailer finally confirms the release date for GTA 6 – and fans don’t have too long to wait. Rockstar has set the GTA 6 release date is 2024 – the launch is expected between October to December of that year. While later than some optimistic predictions, this launch window lines up with insider reports indicating a 2024-2025 release was likely for the game.
GTA 6 Platforms – Next Gen Only
As expected, the trailer also revealed that GTA 6 will be exclusive to next-gen consoles – PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S – and PC. This will be the first mainline GTA entry to skip a console generation, pointing to a true next-gen experience that takes full advantage of new hardware.
For console players, this exclusive next-gen focus suggests features like near instant loading, ray tracing graphics, advanced haptics and controller features previously unseen in the iconic franchise. The series is ready to push technical boundaries like never before.
GTA 6 Pre-Orders Still Unavailable
With the official trailer now released, fans are eagerly awaiting information on when they can pre-order GTA 6. But Rockstar has not yet indicated when pre-orders will open. With over a year still to go until launch, it may be some time before fans can pre-order. We’ll update with more information on GTA 6 pre-order timing and links as soon as details are revealed.
GTA 6 PC Requirements TBA
While PC specs aren’t confirmed yet, GTA 6 on PC is expected to be quite demanding given its next-gen focus. As a benchmark, the recently released PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles feature powerful 8-core Zen 2 CPUs paired with custom RDNA 2-based GPUs capable of up to 10.28 TFLOPs of power.
Fans eager to play GTA 6 on PC once it’s released will want to plan for a high-end setup, potentially including a powerful discrete GPU like the RTX 3080 or Radeon 6800 XT and a current-gen multicore processor. Of course, we’ll share the official GTA 6 PC requirements as soon as Rockstar reveals them, along with expected performance targets.
The action-packed first look at GTA 6 in the official trailer indicates Rockstar is pushing the acclaimed franchise to new heights. With groundbreaking visuals leveraging new hardware, innovative dual protagonists and the series’ biggest open world yet in Vice City – GTA 6 shapes up to be a monumental next chapter.