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‘GTA 6’ Release Date: Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick Hints Next Entry Might Come Out in 2020

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With all the rumors involving “GTA 6,” there’s still no substantial evidence when the title will hit the market. However, recent statements from Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick may have hinted that the title might not be too far along.

Zelnick recently sat down with GamesIndustry.biz and touched upon the subject of prolonged development, something that has plagued the release date of “GTA 6.” While the CEO didn’t necessarily speak about the franchise, he did address the fact that triple-A games take a long time to make.

Zelnick said that in the future, he expects this span to be cut shorter but also admitted that the content of a title would be diminished as well. He also spoke about the importance of building anticipation, which “GTA 6” certainly has.

“I was a real outlier 12 years ago when we said we don't think it makes sense to annualize non-sports titles, and now most people would agree. But I think eight years is probably too long,” Zelnick said. For those who have been closely monitoring news about “GTA 6,” then the last sentence holds a lot of significance.

This is because “GTA 5” is approaching six years old this September. Which means that in a couple of years, the gap between “GTA 5” and “GTA 6” will be eight years. With Zelnick saying that eight years is far too long a gap for a next entry to come out, we may be looking at a release date of September 2020 for “GTA 6.”

Of course, this is merely speculation at this point, and the next installment might very well come out in 2021 for all we know. But it is quite curious that Zelnick is planning to reduce the timespan between releases, especially amidst the deafening silence surrounding “GTA 6.”

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