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Here’s how GTA 6’s driving, environment will be better than GTA 5

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Reports about Grand Theft Auto 6 are becoming more frequent and the latest includes several graphical and gameplay advancements fans can possibly expect in the hotly anticipated title.

Rockstar’s proprietary game engine RAGE has been used since 2006 for titles including Grand Theft Auto 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2, remaining the one constant as staff turnover happens. RAGE has seen regular updates to keep up with the newest technology. Rockstar is said to be using a new version of the engine, RAGE 9, for the development of Grand Theft Auto 6.

The website Rockstar Mag reported that Grand Theft Auto 6 will be using RAGE 9. Included in the report was a list of benefits the newest version of RAGE will bring. If all of this is correct, fans of GTA will be in for an amazing time once Grand Theft Auto 6 officially releases.

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What will be better in Grand Theft Auto 6?

Grand Theft Auto 6 will reportedly have better physics, more realistic time management, better quality of rendering, and innovative AI interactions with the jump to the RAGE 9 game engine.

According to the report, RAGE 9 is set to improve a lot in Grand Theft Auto 6 relative to previous games. Rockstar fans could see the advancements in RAGE from Grand Theft Auto 5 to Red Dead Redemption 2, and the next iteration will see an even greater leap in graphics. 

The main focus for RAGE 9 graphically is to allow Grand Theft Auto 6 to have hyper-realistic water physics. This has been tough to pull off for video games as it takes a lot of processing power to render water in real time. RAGE 9 will reportedly allow for water to look much better than what has been previously seen, and this will be reflected in the game with more missions around or on the water. 

GTA 6 will have similar driving to GTA 5, but with better crashes and customization

GTA 6 will reportedly have similar driving to what’s seen in GTA 5, but will have improved physics and customization options when playing.

The newest version of RAGE will also allow for more detailed vehicle deformations through an increased polygon count. If true, this means any damage done to vehicles will be more realistic on a crash-by-crash basis.

Vehicle customization was also reported to actually change how cars handle in Grand Theft Auto 6. For example, adding a spoiler might keep a car on the road better during a windstorm. It was reported that the driving experience will be similar to GTA 5, so fans shouldn’t expect Grand Theft Auto 6 to be akin to Gran Turismo.

Grand Theft Auto 6 will also reportedly take advantage of physically simulated light, the first game in the GTA line to do so. This allows textures to be rendered more realistically when taking lighting into mind, making the game more immersive.

Weather systems will also have an increased impact on gameplay according to the report. RAGE 9 will introduce a real weather system that impacts driving, the environment, and how sunrises and sunsets will look while playing through the game. 

With no information coming directly from Rockstar, with the game yet to even receive an official trailer, all of this remains unconfirmed. There is no guarantee that Grand Theft Auto 6 will have all the discussed features, but it remains exciting to hear what the newest GTA may have in store. There is currently no expected release date for Grand Theft Auto 6.

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Written by Cassie Gardner

Cassie Gardner has been playing games since she was but a child, starting with a Game Boy when she was 5 years old. The discovery of Pokemon led to a lifelong interest in role-playing games of both the video game and tabletop varieties.

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