New job postings for game testers at various Rockstar Games studios have reignited reports of Grand Theft Auto VI, giving some hope that the game is closer to release than previously thought. Grand Theft Auto V, the previous instalment in the series, was released nearly eight years ago in 2013, and despite overwhelming fan demand for the next instalment, Rockstar has remained tight-lipped about any progress so far.
While little is known about the next Grand Theft Auto game, the current one, GTA 5, is still running great, thanks to Rockstar’s continued support for GTA Online and the growing popularity of roleplay servers and mods. Rockstar changed its priorities due to the continued commercial success of GTA Online, shelving plans for GTA 5 single-player DLC in favour of online content, as GTA Online continues to bring in huge amounts of money year after year.
Three job listings for Game Testers were recently posted by Rockstar Games for its studios in Edinburgh, India, and Lincoln, as first mentioned by The National, triggering speculation that a Grand Theft Auto 6 announcement might be on the horizon.
Three job listings for Game Testers were recently posted by Rockstar Games for its studios in Edinburgh, India, and Lincoln, as first mentioned by The National, triggering speculation that a Grand Theft Auto 6 announcement might be on the horizon. Candidates will be required to identify, report, and recreate bugs using game logs, screenshots, and videos, according to the job postings.
The listing for game testers could very well mean that testing for the highly awaited game will be ramping up soon, as Rockstar North, based in Edinburgh, is the studio responsible for the GTA series. Interestingly, the job description for Rockstar India differs significantly, specifying that applicants must have knowledge and experience with the developer’s most recent games. This may indicate that Rockstar is nearing completion on the standalone GTA Online game or the next-gen port of GTA 5, the latter of which is scheduled for release in the second half of 2021.
The higher performance capabilities of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, as well as the arrival of the next generation of consoles, suggest that GTA 6 should be released sooner rather than later. An early console lifespan launch would help optimize the new machines’ durability, while GTA 5 feels particularly dated in 2013, owing to its release near the end of the PS3 and Xbox 360 generation.
Given the massive revenue from GTA Online (and soon-to-be triple-dipping on GTA 5 purchases) and its flourishing community eight years after its release, it’s understandable that Rockstar has taken its time with something Grand Theft Auto 6-related thus far.