In a surprising turn of events, a now-suspended social media account has leaked the highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto VI (GTA VI) trailer just a day before its scheduled debut. Rockstar Games had initially planned to unveil the first glimpse of the game on Tuesday, December 5th, at 9 AM ET. However, the leaked trailer prompted a swift response from Rockstar, leading them to release the official trailer on their YouTube channel.
The leaked trailer confirmed numerous details that have been circulating over the past two years. Notably, GTA VI will be set in the Vice City locale, and it will feature the series’s first female protagonist. The narrative is said to be inspired by Bonnie and Clyde, promising an engaging storyline for players. The trailer also revealed that the game is slated for release in 2025, with Rockstar specifying compatibility with the next-gen consoles, namely PS5 and Xbox Series X / S.
Having been in development for ten years, the GTA VI trailer exceeded expectations. Rather than a simple Roman numeral six, the trailer showcased the quintessential GTA elements—fast cars, intense gunplay, piles of ill-gotten cash, and an overarching theme of American-flavored hedonism. The action unfolds against the backdrop of Vice City, a fictionalized version of Miami, promising players a familiar yet evolved setting.
The spotlight in the trailer is on the game’s main protagonist, Lucia. The character, initially seen in a prison jumpsuit, appears set to embark on a criminal journey with her boyfriend after what seems to be a release from jail. This marks a significant departure from previous GTA titles, introducing a female lead character into the series.
Rockstar Games provided a brief description of the game in a press release. “Grand Theft Auto VI heads to the state of Leonida, home to the neon-soaked streets of Vice City and beyond in the biggest, most immersive evolution of the Grand Theft Auto series yet.” This hints at a vast and immersive gaming experience, expanding beyond the confines of Vice City.
The unveiling of GTA VI has been surrounded by leaks and speculations. Earlier this year, a UK teenager was held responsible for a leak that disseminated 90 videos from the in-development process. Furthermore, this week, a TikTok video surfaced, claiming to contain leaked footage from the game allegedly sourced from a Rockstar employee’s child. As of now, the TikTok videos remain available, showcasing wide shots of the game’s setting.
In a gaming landscape filled with anticipation, the leaked trailer has only heightened the excitement for GTA VI. As fans eagerly await more official details, Rockstar Games continues to navigate the challenges posed by leaks and maintain the element of surprise for what promises to be a groundbreaking addition to the Grand Theft Auto series.