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‘GTA’ 6 Release Date, Delay, Rumors: Is Rockstar Having Trouble with Budget Allocation for Installment?

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Fans of “GTA 6” have been eagerly waiting for the game’s release after the massive success of the previous installment. “GTA” 5 has been a huge hit for Rockstar Games as it’s considered one of the most profitable products it ever made, bringing an estimated revenue of over $6 billion.

What’s more, the game is still generating more money as developers continue to create fresh content for its player base. Because of this, the studio is allocating more of its resources to expanding the already massive world, which is supposedly taking a toll on the release of “GTA” 6, Frag Hero reported.

What’s more, Rockstar is said to have given a $500 million budget for the development of “GTA” 6. The decision comes amidst speculation that the company is trying to incorporate VR content into the next installment.

It can be recalled that developers were given a $250 million budget to develop “GTA” 5. But after its massive sales performance, the studio feels the need to double that figure for “GTA” 6, which is expected to be even more riveting than its predecessor.

However, the $500 million allocation seems to be causing a lot of issues behind the scenes as it’s such a large sum to shell out for a single franchise. While “GTA” 5 did bring in billions of dollars for the company, most consider this performance as an anomaly. There’s no guarantee that “GTA” 6 will bring in a similar figure when it finally hits the shelves.

But the reason for the delay isn’t just budget allocation but several factors as well. One of them is the soon-to-be-released “Red Dead Redemption 2” by Rockstar, slated to drop on Oct. 26. If the gaming studio decides to release “GTA” 6 this year or even in 2019, then it may affect the sales performance of both franchises.

Everyone knows that gamers only have so much time on their hands. And with “GTA 6” and “Red Dead Redemption 2” having vast maps to explore, both franchises will have to compete with each other for gamers’ attention, thereby causing problems for Rockstar.

Another reason is that Rockstar has a notorious reputation for releasing games years after a franchise’s predecessor has hit the market. This is due to the fact that the company is obsessed with creating games that are highly immersive, both in gameplay and narrative. So, when can fans expect “GTA 6” to come out exactly?

Rockstar isn’t commenting on this regard but many anticipate “GTA” 6 to drop sometime between 2020 to 2022. It’s also rumored that development for the sixth installment is already underway, with some calling it “Project Americas.” However, players should take the news with a grain of salt and wait for official confirmation from the studio itself.

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