Just hours before Rockstar’s highly anticipated debut of the first GTA VI trailer, an account, now suspended, leaked the footage on X (formerly Twitter). Despite the original plan for the trailer to premiere on Tuesday, December 5th, at 9 AM ET, Rockstar swiftly responded by releasing the complete trailer on its official YouTube channel.
The trailer serves as a confirmation of various tidbits that have gradually surfaced about GTA VI over the past two years. Notably, it affirms the Vice City setting and introduces the series’ inaugural female protagonist, featuring a storyline inspired by the infamous duo Bonnie and Clyde. According to the trailer, GTA VI is slated for a 2025 release, and a subsequent press release from Rockstar, published later on Monday, specified that the game is destined for the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S platforms that same year.
A decade in the making, the first trailer for GTA VI had the potential to be nothing more than the Roman numeral for six, yet it managed to surpass expectations. Its content, richer than a mere numeral, showcased quintessential GTA elements—high-speed chases, chaotic gunfights, piles of illicitly gained wealth, and an overarching theme of American-flavored hedonism—all unfolding against the vibrant backdrop of Vice City, a fictionalized take on Miami.
The spotlight of the trailer shone on a singular protagonist, a woman named Lucia. The initial frames depicted Lucia in a prison jumpsuit, hinting at a narrative that involves her engaging in criminal activities with her boyfriend post-presumed release.
In a concise description within the press release, Rockstar outlined the game’s premise, stating, “Grand Theft Auto VI ventures into the state of Leonida, housing the neon-drenched streets of Vice City and beyond, marking the most substantial and immersive evolution in the Grand Theft Auto series to date.”
The revelation of GTA VI has been marred by a slew of leaked information. In a previous incident this year, a UK teenager was identified as the culprit behind the leak that disseminated 90 videos from the game’s developmental stages. Adding to the intrigue, a TikTok video emerged this week, purporting to showcase leaked footage from the game allegedly sourced from a Rockstar employee’s child. As of the current moment, these TikTok videos, displaying wide shots of the game’s setting on a computer monitor, remain accessible on the platform.