When talking about Grand Theft Auto 6, it is essential to include some preemptive information. Grand Theft Auto 6 is the alleged next installment in the Grand Theft Auto series. The last installments of the series have all been successful and fun to play. Therefore, it is no shocker that Grand Theft Auto 6 is hugely anticipated by the franchises fan base. Rumors have come from all corners of the internet, but most have been proven false.
According to a recent release by Jason Schreier for Kotaku, titled, 18 Months After Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar Has Made Big Cultural Changes. Schreier talks about the culture change at Rockstar games since the release of Red Dead Redemption 2. The article mentions how many current and former employees at Rockstar Games, various studios around the world felt about the culture.
Many employees discussed the frat-like culture, with the management team drinking, partying, and going to strip clubs too much.
It’s almost like they were living in an installment of Grand Theft Auto.Nevertheless, this was not the only issue that Rockstar employees had to deal with.
Unpaid overtime was one of the various issues the workers had to deal with leading up to the release of the game. During crunch time, workers claim there were a lot of hours, and some employees were working over 100 hours a week.
Now that these issues have exposed the poor culture at Rockstar, they are really working on a fix. Especially considering they are gearing up to launch another big project: the next installment in the Grand Theft Auto series. The employees are not as worried about the crunch time and working nights, weekends, and holidays because of a commitment from Rockstar that the schedules would be more evenly spaced out.
According to the article from Kotaku,
“One plan that management has laid out for the next game, a new entry in the Grand Theft Auto series, is to start out with a moderately sized release (which, by Rockstar’s standards, would still be a large game) that is then expanded with regular updates over time, which may help mitigate stress and crunch.”
Schreier expanded more on the new installment later in the article,
“But there’s a catch: Rockstar’s next big project is still early in development. When production ramps up and the game gets closer to launching, will overtime come with it? Will Rockstar’s employees then face the pressure of months of crunch to finish all of the ambitious work it takes to make a Rockstar game?”
Now, we know more about the game that has so much anticipation behind it. They are working on it. At this point, individual studios have likely done some work to start building the game. Still, there is no confirmation on the plot or the release of the potential game. The one thing that comes out of this article though is that we shouldn’t expect a release date anytime soon. Rockstar was originally supposed to appear at E3. Still, we all know how that turned out, and with this news coming out, there is a possibility we won’t see Grand Theft Auto 6 until late 2021.
Finally, due to the departure of a plethora of core staff from the previous installments, the next one may be different from the other’s content wise. The party culture that once was Rockstar Games could have been a real source of content development. If they are not the ones in charge of developing the new installment, then we as players should expect something different from what we have previously seen.
Whatever happens, I am just happy to know that they are working on it and that it is getting done.