The Grand Theft Auto series has always treaded the line between a full-blown life simulator and arcade-y, sandbox adventure. GTA 5 seriously stepped up the franchise’s realism thanks to its stunning rendition of Los Angeles, but Rockstar could emulate one of the most disturbing parts of The Last of Us Part 2 to make the eventual GTA 6 the most lifelike installment of the game ever.
GTA 6 needs realistic gore and dismemberment. It’s not that we want to see all that violence. It’s just that for the franchise to take things up a notch in terms of immersion and satire of American society, more realistic violence that makes us cringe will make the player experience more meaningful.
The follow-up to GTA 5 is reportedly in early development and with no release date in sight, Rockstar should leverage the graphical fidelity offered by next-generation consoles to make its next crime drama a brutal masterpiece. While there’s no way to know for sure how far along the game is in development, it would make sense for Rockstar Games to focus on next-gen. Which is to say that the game might be released by the end of 2022 in the best case scenario.