As we move further along into the current console generation, rumors regarding Grand Theft Auto 6 become more and more frequent. This latest bit of speculation comes from Neurogadget, who allege that the hotly anticipated title will be made on an entirely new game engine.
Grand Theft Auto 6
Though publisher Rockstar Games has been silent on the future of its biggest franchise, it?s easy to believe that this rumor may end up being true. Grand Theft Auto V, the latest entry in the series, was built on Rockstar?s RAGE (Rockstar Advanced Game Engine). The same engine powered the developer?s other releases from the previous generation: Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and GTA IV.
First utilized in 2006, The RAGE engine is certainly due for an update. Given the additional hardware power offered by the current crop of consoles and PC?s, it?s not a stretch to think Rockstar may have a new engine in the works for its future releases. Rumors are also hot that both the PS5 and ?Xbox 2? will release sometime between 2018 and 2020, so the company will surely have to future-proof their new game. However, until we get confirmation from the company itself, we?ll have to treat this as an educated guess.
Grand Theft Auto was pushed into the limelight last week following the departure of Rockstar North President Leslie Benzies ? one of the key figures behind the franchise.
Already on sabbatical from the company since September 1, 2014, the award-winning producer opted to make his departure permanent last January 12.
“Leslie helped us build an incredible team that will continue to create great experiences for our fans. Leslie will always be a friend to the company and of course we are going to miss him but we wish him the absolute best for the future.” – Rockstar (via Kotaku)
The future of the series now lies in the hands of Art directors Aaron Garbut and Rob Nelson.