Grand Theft Auto VI (GTA 6) is still a mystery. With a GTA 5 that continues to sell at a rate of 5 million copies every quarter – it has already sold more than 155 million units since its launch – it seems that the next installment in the series is going for a long time. Neither Rockstar Games has commented nor are there certain clues as to the status of its development. Jamie King, one of the co-founders of Rockstar Games, is betting on several changes in the tone of that future video game.
Jamie King opts for everything less provocative and irritable
King left the company in 2006, a couple of years before the premiere of Grand Theft Auto IV. Since then, Rockstar has published two main installments in the series, the fourth in 2008 and the fifth in 2013, which are not very politically correct. His humor, his way of dealing with adult subjects and the social behavior of some of his characters can be problematic today. That is why King believes that Rockstar will move away from the tone of the previous titles and bet on something else “corny”.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if the tone started to change and it might not be as daring or as funny”Says King. “I just think maybe they’re more likely to do something cheesy since they never do. […] I just look at the success of [GTA] 5 and [GTA] Online and [Red Dead] Redemption 2, and I think it will be fine. But I think culturally, internally, both in [Rockstar] North as in [Rockstar] New York misses Leslie [Benzies] already dan [Houser]. Yes, there is a difference, for sure ”.
Dan Houser announced his departure from Rockstar Games in February 2020. It was one of the news of the year. We are talking about one of the thinking minds behind the saga, one of those most responsible for the success and DNA of Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption. King believes that his departure will inevitably change the vision of Grand Theft Auto 6.
At one point in the interview, Jamie King talks about his departure from Rockstar in 2006. Although he has not explained the exact reasons for his departure, he does admit that he stopped having fun and his emotions were asking him for a change.
This November, the North American company has published Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition on Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch and PC consoles, but with results far from what is desired. They are currently working on patches that solve their (numerous) problems.