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Take-Two gives new GTA 6 release date info, and you won’t like it

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Take-Two Interactive has adjusted the release date window for GTA 6 in a financial report, and it’s not particularly good news for fans.

Grand Theft Auto isn’t just an iconic video game series. It’s big business. GTA 5 is effectively the highest-grossing piece of media ever created, with the company saying that the game has sold over 190 million units. It also says that the combination of game sales and microtransactions in GTA Online combine for over $8.5 billion.

GTA 6’s release date will be a seismic moment in the entire entertainment industry, with game companies like Sony and movie studios alike making plans based on when it comes out. Though the exact day isn’t known yet, the existing release window has narrowed down much further.

Grand Theft Auto 6’s release date window narrowed down

GTA 6’s release date will be in Fall 2025, according to Take-Two Interactive’s reports to shareholders.

While discussing the results of its fiscal year ending 2024 and previewing its current year, the company dropped a bombshell. 

“Our outlook reflects a narrowing of Rockstar Games’ previously established window of Calendar 2025 to Fall of Calendar 2025 for Grand Theft Auto VI,” Take-Two said in a statement.

Officially speaking, the release date window was simply “2025” before this report. This was revealed in the game’s long-awaited reveal trail that was shockingly leaked online a day before its planned release. Leakers had speculated or estimated that the game might come out quite early in 2025, which was seemingly corroborated by job listings by Rockstar Games. This is no longer the case.

Since the trailer’s release, Rockstar and Take-Two have given fans very little information on the game. Outside the possible leak of one of the songs on its soundtrack, the biggest news out of Rockstar has arguably been former developers leaving to start their own studio.

Take-Two Interactive expecting a massive windfall from GTA 6’s release

Take-Two Interactive predicted net bookings of $5.55 billion in its fiscal year ending 2025. This is down from previous estimates, which the company owes to GTA 6’s release date being pushed back into its next fiscal year.

While $5.55 billion is an eye-popping amount of money, the company expects a year-over-year increase. Likely a significant one.

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“We are highly confident that Rockstar Games will deliver an unparalleled entertainment experience, and our expectations for the commercial impact of the title continue to increase…we expect to deliver sequential growth in Net Bookings for Fiscal 2025, 2026, and 2027,” the financial report reads.

GTA 6 has been in development for an incredibly long time. While Rockstar Games was once a prolific publisher of games, much of the studio’s efforts have been consolidated into developing GTA 6 and maintaining GTA Online. Grand Theft Auto 5 was released in 2013. Its only major releases since then have been Red Dead Redemption 2 and ports of its back catalog.

Take-Two has invested significantly in GTA 6 and it proclaims that it expects them to pay off in a big way.

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Written by Steven Rondina

Steven Rondina has been playing video games since he was a toddler and appreciates every genre out there. He has earned the platinum trophy in every Soulsborne game, is regularly Master Ball-ranked on the competitive Pokemon ladder, and has spent thousands of hours missing shots on Dust 2. His work has previously been featured by Bleacher Report and The Washington Post, and he was an Assistant Editor at WIN.gg. You can follow him on Twitter / X at @srondina.

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