In an unexpected turn of events, Rockstar Games has released the long-awaited first trailer for Grand Theft Auto 6, confirming a 2025 release date. The leaked clip, which was published prematurely by an unnamed source on X (previously Twitter), compelled Rockstar to release an official version sooner than expected.
Developers were disappointed with the leaked teaser, with one expressing sorrow for missing the live reaction experience with the rest of the team. According to a press release from parent firm Take-Two, GTA 6 will be released first for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S, with no mention of a PC version.
Notably, Leonida, the game's location offers a large and immersive experience, complete with the neon-soaked streets of Vice City and beyond. Rockstar Games' founder, Sam Houser, expressed his excitement, saying,
"Grand Theft Auto VI continues our efforts to push the limits of what's possible in highly immersive, story-driven open-world experiences."
The statement comes after Rockstar said last month that the first GTA 6 trailer would be released in December, in honour of the company's 25th anniversary. Despite the leak issue the release has renewed interest in the first new installment in over a decade which is set in a fictitious Florida. Rockstar acknowledged active work in February 2022, but kept specifics under wraps until an unexpected leak in September 2022, which provided players with a glimpse inside the highly awaited sequel.