GTA 6 reportedly in development - will be a smaller scale game due to crunch backlash

Written by Stuart Thomas on Fri, Apr 17, 2020 11:30 AM
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Rockstar Games may be known for their sprawling worlds, filled with fun activities and entertaining characters, but they’re also quite infamously known for development crunch. In a recent investigation by the press, it has been revealed that Rockstar is making some serious changes in order to try and combat crunch in the workplace, and in the process let slip that they are working on a new title in the Grand Theft Auto series.

So whilst it’s not confirmed to be GTA 6 as of now, Rockstar is apparently early in development for a new entry in the franchise, though it will be a much more “moderately sized release” as plans for new types of management have been laid out.

Rockstar Games has been notorious for development crunch, which sees employees working regular overtime in order to meet certain deadlines and milestones. Both GTA 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2 have been heavily criticized for Rockstar’s work ethic requiring developers to work late for long periods of time before the game’s release. So in order to work on that, Rockstar has been improving management conditions and changing development strategies/pipelines.

So how does this affect GTA? Well, apparently the smaller scale approach will mean that Grand Theft Auto 6 will then be “expanded with regular updates over time, which may help mitigate stress and crunch.” So expect the next title in the series to be more of a Live Service game much like GTA Online.

However the game turns out, Rockstar is adamant that the next GTA game will not be out for a while and will take a long time before it eventually releases.

What do you think GTA 6 will be like? Where do you think it will take place? What are your thoughts on the Live Service aspect? Let us know!

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If they ever set it on Liberty City, they could split the map with paywalls, DLCs, and seasons passes!

JonDoe777

So instead of giving developers more time to make games with reasonable breaks they are making their games shorter...wow way to go rockstar, great planning there ¬-¬

Majorshepard

I don't understand how they plan to do this. Either it's a full fledged $60 game which will disappoint the high expectations Rockstar set for themselves by being "less" , or , worse, it will be an even more "live service" experience than GTA V.

In my opinion, just take more time, get better management to avoid "last minute rewrites" or whatever and deliver on the experiences your fans are used to(single player particularly :D)

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05:47 Apr-20-2020

Islands 2 and 3 will be behind the season pass :)

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14:58 Apr-20-2020

Don't forget the DLC deluge that is sure to follow.

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10:58 Apr-18-2020

No, don't do that, just take your time, we've come this far, and you're gonna let it end like this? No one's hurrying for Gta 6, we'll wait if we have to, but not like this.

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22:06 Apr-17-2020

All I will say is, currently it is way too early to judge the game. I mean smaller scale doesn't necessarily mean inferior product, but the thing is, we just don't know. I do suspect Rockstar developers are bit of a victim of publisher who wants them to keep pumping games out at same pace, so if they don't crunch anymore, well... something has to get cut to free up time.

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22:08 Apr-17-2020

That is just the nature of things. Still, I will wait till we learn more before condemning anything. I mean we don't even know how much content they will actually make, if any will be added for free, or whether it will be all DLC,... also not to mention that game isn't coming out this year or next, so plans change. It might be just that they don't want to commit to too much with no crunch...

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22:11 Apr-17-2020

... to back it up and allow them to deliver more. And I do think crunch can be equally bad for making games, yes they can get away with it for some time, but eventually good developers will start to leave, overworked people also aren't as creative and as caring about what they are making. I mean look at Naughty Dog, due to crunch best people left and they had to hire from movie industry.

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17:28 Apr-17-2020

Get ready to see Grand Theft Auto VI taking place in Las Venturas. People can gamble real money for useless trinkets at the casinos ala NBA2K20. I won’t be buying the game if that’s what we’ll be looking forward to.

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15:02 Apr-17-2020

If it turns out as a barely functioning game that's being sold as a AAA masterpiece that aims to nickel and dime users with psychological traps and manipulations for several years A.K.A. live service game than RIP Rockstar. Haven't seen nothing but failure from live service games except the occasional done right live service games like League of Legends, Fortnite etc. But then again there is Fallout 76, Anthem and every single sports game.

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15:50 Apr-17-2020

yep, pretty much

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05:31 Apr-19-2020

Shareholders need their money.

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14:36 Apr-17-2020

I recall how they once mentioned taking all the maps from all the GTA games, and merging them into one game.


Doubt that will be this game.

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14:35 Apr-17-2020

"So expect the next title in the series to be more of a Live Service game much like GTA Online." Then im out

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14:36 Apr-17-2020

A likely outcome.

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14:30 Apr-17-2020

Why is it a smaller scale game? Just take more time.
Also, is it smaller scale in single player or in Online Mode?

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14:33 Apr-17-2020

Good questions.

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18:28 Apr-17-2020

Probably single player, GTA V it's single player is there to sell the game, GTA Online is there to milk money.

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05:33 Apr-19-2020

Best comment to describe GTA 5.

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18:36 Apr-17-2020

More time costs more money. We all know that GTA could pull it off with more time, GTA 5 proved it with a 2 year gap between the console and pc release. This new management team sucks and it will most likely ruin the game (at least, the story mode, which most of us like the best about GTA)

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14:16 Apr-17-2020

So instead of giving developers more time to make games with reasonable breaks they are making their games shorter...wow way to go rockstar, great planning there ¬-¬

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13:53 Apr-17-2020

I don't understand how they plan to do this. Either it's a full fledged $60 game which will disappoint the high expectations Rockstar set for themselves by being "less" , or , worse, it will be an even more "live service" experience than GTA V.


In my opinion, just take more time, get better management to avoid "last minute rewrites" or whatever and deliver on the experiences your fans are used to(single player particularly :D)

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12:39 Apr-17-2020

I hope they wait for 5 to die out, otherwise this will be a dead horse like RDR2.

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12:46 Apr-17-2020

I did not know RDR2 was a dead horse.

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13:33 Apr-17-2020

I'd like to take what this guy is taking

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14:37 Apr-17-2020

wow wow RDR2 dead horse? not at all, that game is a 10/10, total masterpiece

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14:39 Apr-17-2020

Sorry, I meant the Online. The singleplayer yea, it's good.

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18:44 Apr-17-2020

yeah i agree on the online part, im halfway trhough story mode with 55+ hours and dont have any interest in RDR 2 online mode

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01:21 Apr-18-2020

It's more than dead. It would really be hard to revive when more of half of the users are already lost interest to invest time in RDO let alone newcomers. I have 190 hours and I think I only played RDO for 50ish. Lacks variety, unlike GTAO.

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11:48 Apr-17-2020

If they ever set it on Liberty City, they could split the map with paywalls, DLCs, and seasons passes!

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