We will finally get confirmed details on Grand Theft Auto 6 next week as Rockstar has announced its first trailer will be released on 5 December 2023.
It will be posted online as part of the company's 25th anniversary celebrations, putting paid to years of speculation and major, legally-challenged leaks.
Rockstar co-founder Sam Houser first revealed details on the official company X feed: "We are very excited to let you know that in early December, we will release the first trailer for the next Grand Theft Auto. We look forward to many more years of sharing these experiences with all of you," he wrote.
That was then subsequently followed by an X post from Rockstar. It simply said that "Trailer 1" will be available on "Tuesday, December 5" at "9am ET". That's 2pm GMT – the local time for the UK.
pic.twitter.com/BguwiJokQtDecember 1, 2023
Rockstar Games was originally formed in December 1998, so its release marks the studio's 25th anniversary exactly.
However, the first top-down Grand Theft Auto was actually released in 1997 (and developed by DMA Designs before it became Rockstar), so it can be argued that the celebrations are technically a year late. In fact, DMA Designs was around since the late-80s so... well, you get the idea.
Certainly, there will be plenty of eager eyes awaiting official footage of the next GTA. After a hacker exposed development footage of the game a year ago, Rockstar went on a (largely successful) offensive to get sites to take down screenshots and video, although also admitting its validity.
"We are extremely disappointed to have any details of our next game shared with you all in this way. Our work on the next Grand Theft Auto game will continue as planned and we remain as committed as ever to delivering an experience to you, our players, that truly exceeds your expectations," it said at the time.
It'll be great to see just what's changed in the meantime, for sure.
As for a full release date for the game, we can only speculate for now. A previous report suggested that the announcement would happen this October, which isn't far off the mark, and the game will be released around 12 months later.
If that does turn out to be the case, the 2024 holiday season could be rather interesting for gamers.