Last 12 months, footage of the following Grand Theft Auto—assumed to be GTA 6—leaked on-line. While Rockstar rapidly tried to erase the movies from the web and plug the holes within the ship, it was inconceivable to fully comprise such an enormous, unprecedented leak. So followers all over the world obtained an excellent have a look at the way forward for Grand Theft Auto. And now myself and others discover it laborious to return to the growing older GTA Online.
Late on September 19, 2022, 90 quick movies of early gameplay of what would later be confirmed by Rockstar as the following GTA entry leaked on-line through a hacker. The footage revealed rather a lot concerning the subsequent sport within the massively common open-world franchise, together with that the sequence can be returning to Vice City, Florida, a fan-favorite location final seen in GTA: Vice City Storiesthe prequel to the beloved PS2 basic, GTA: Vice City. It additionally gave us a very good have a look at the brand new protagonists of this subsequent legal journey and a number of the missions we’d expertise when GTA 6 is finally launched. Fans even started mapping out the sport’s digital world utilizing the leaks.
Rockstar undoubtedly hates the leak and doubtless needs it may rewind time and stop it from ever taking place in any respect, but it surely did find yourself revitalizing the playerbase. For the primary time in a very long time, there was pleasure and vitality within the GTA group, which after years of GTA Online updates and poorly acquired remasters was in a fairly dangerous place previous to the leak. Even an early, unfinished or unpolished leak of GTA 6 was higher than radio silence and glitchy remasters. People had been pumped and hyped about the way forward for Grand Theft Auto in a method I hadn’t seen in years.
But then, as soon as the leaks had been scrubbed from the net and it grew to become clear Rockstar wasn’t going to launch any official teaser or trailer to capitalize on the second, all I and others GTA followers may do was return to GTA Online. And that is more durable to do now that I’ve seen the long run.
The newest large and free growth to GTA Online, Los Santos Drug Wars, was launched late final 12 months at a very dangerous time for me to play and canopy it for the location. So I simply…did not play it. For the primary time ever within the historical past of GTA Online, I skipped a brand new replace fully. I’ve nonetheless not performed it. At first, I blamed my skipping of the newest replace on dangerous timing and a busy schedule because of holidays and end-of-the-year content material. But now, weeks faraway from all that, with extra free time to play stuff, I’ve nonetheless not fired up the brand new replace. And I believe it is time to admit to myself that my rising burnout is round GTA Online was elevated drastically by that small style of what is to come back. That have a look at the way forward for GTA in Florida ruined me.
I may return and drive across the identical highways and streets of Los Santos I’ve been cruising round since 2013. I may fireplace up the sport and take a look at the most recent enterprise and missions related to it. I may, certain. The factor is, I do not know if I wish to. I imply finallyI’ll play extra GTA Online. I type of should because it’s a part of my job right here Kotaku. Yet, if it wasn’t a part of my profession there’s an actual likelihood that I would simply by no means play GTA Online once more.
To be clear: It’s not as a result of GTA Online is worse in the present day than it was a decade in the past—it is truly a lot better to play in 2023 than in 2013—however as a result of getting a glimpse of a contemporary new world has killed my need in addition up the identical outdated Los Santos after a decade of GTA Online and GTA V. I imply, simply having new songs on the radio will probably be superb. I really like Queen’s “Radio Ga-Ga” however you’ll be able to solely hear it so many instances in 10 years earlier than you are prepared for brand spanking new tunes, too.
At this level, I’m hoping to attend for Grand Theft Auto 6 and its sunny seashores, palm bushes, and new characters is not an excessive amount of longer, as a result of I’m prepared to go away Los Santos behind for a tropical trip to Vice City.