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Grand Theft Auto VI, also known under its working title Project Americas and GTA 6, is an upcoming open-world action video game set in the Grand Theft Auto universe developed by Rockstar Games. The development of the game has been a subject of rumors since the release of the previous installment in the series, GTA 5, and was confirmed to be in development in February 2022. The game is expected to launch between April 2023 and March 2024.
Grand Theft Auto VI, the eighth major installment in the Grand Theft Auto franchise, has been rumored to be in development by Rockstar Games since mid-2010, with the number of rumors and alleged leaks increasing significantly in the late 2010s and early 2020s. A July 1st, 2019, leak revealed the game's working title, Project Americas.
On February 4th, 2022, Rockstar Games officially confirmed that the game is being developed and is "well underway." On July 27th, 2022, Bloomberg reported several details of the upcoming game, including one of two leading characters being a Latina woman, the protagonist duo drawing inspiration from Bonnie and Clyde, the game being set in a fictional version of Miami and its surrounding areas (purportedly Vice City from 2002's Grand Theft Auto Vice City), and the map of the game evolving over time as new cities get added.
GTA 6 Trending / GTA 6 Anticipation Memes
In the early 2020s, "GTA 6" trended on Twitter on multiple occasions, primarily due to supposed leaks. As "GTA 6" trending without any substantial news became a common occurrence, users on Twitter frequently posted memes about it. For example, on November 19th, 2020, Twitter user @quanisfunny posted a Clown meme that gained over 800 retweets and 7,300 upvotes in two years (shown below, left).
The long gap between the release of Grand Theft Auto V and the expected release of Grand Theft Auto VI spawned memes about gamers growing old by the time the game is finally out. For example, on February 5th, 2021, Twitter user @BlarginBadibble posted a meme that gained over 5,100 retweets and 29,000 likes in one year (shown below, center).
Sernando's "GTA 6" Fake Unboxing Video
On April 1st, 2017, YouTuber Sernando posted a clickbait video in which he unboxed a fake copy of Grand Theft Auto 6. The video has been brought up in multiple jokes about the game in the following years (examples shown below, left and right).
"GTA 6 Leaked Gameplay" Memes
As Grand Theft Auto 6 is expected to be a next-gen (8th console generation) game and have realistic graphics, memes humorously claiming that real-life footage of altercations, car crashes and police chases are actually GTA 6 footage were posted on social media. For example, on May 22, 2020, Twitter user @DBLTAPesports posted a video of a police chase, writing, "Leaked GTA 6 gameplay." The tweet gained over 8,100 retweets and 30,600 likes in two years (shown below).
Leaked GTA 6 gameplay 👀 pic.twitter.com/vakVo2trjd
GTA VI Leaks
GTA VI Leaks or 2022 Grand Theft Auto VI Leak refers to the unauthorized release of 90 video clips of the still-in-development GTA VI video game via the GTAForums site in mid-September 2022. The leaked footage, purportedly depicting gameplay, plot lines and graphics from the new Rockstar game, rapidly spread around the internet, inspiring memes and discussions on social media in the following days.