Waiting for a new GTA 6 trailer is tough, so in the meantime, let’s revisit every Grand Theft Auto trailer ever released!

The GTA franchise has been active ever since 1997, and in that time Rockstar Games has released a total of twelve mainline titles and four expansions.

Now, as we eagerly await further news about the upcoming GTA 6, let’s take a look back through the series’ long history of incredible trailers!

Note: Despite GTA Online being a standalone GTA release these days, we’ve excluded it from this list due to its decade-long history of dropping regular trailers.

GTA 6

GTA 6 Trailer 1

GTA 6 Trailer 1 finally arrived on December 4, 2023, and has quickly become the highest-viewed trailer in the series’ long history.

It showcases the new-and-improved Vice City, as well as the surrounding state of Leonida and introduces us to the series’ first voiced female protagonist, Lucia.

GTA 5

Out Now For PS5 & Xbox Series X/S

Showcasing just how good GTA 5 can still look on modern hardware, this trailer celebrated both GTA 5 and GTA Online getting some long-awaited upgrades for current-gen consoles.

PS5 & Xbox Series X/S

Initially promoted as an ‘Expanded and Enhanced’ version of the game, GTA 5 for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S was seen as a disappointment for those eagerly awaiting the announcement of a brand-new GTA.

It is, however, the definitive version of Grand Theft Auto V, a game that has stood the test of time for over a decade.

Rockstar Games Launcher

In order to advertise its new Rockstar Games Launcher for PC, the GTA 5 developer released a series of new trailers for its backlog of incredible titles.

This footage showcases the beauty of Los Santos and the surrounding state of San Andreas spectacularly.

First Person Experience

One of the biggest new features of GTA 5’s first re-release was its first-person mode, which was exclusive to PS4, Xbox One, and PC platforms.

After seeing this trailer, we’re sure more than a few fans decided it was time to buy the game a second time.

A Picket Fence and a Dog Named Skip

In this trailer, which references one of GTA 5’s most obscure lines, Rockstar took the opportunity to reveal the game’s PS4, Xbox One, and PC release dates.

It also showcases the weirder side of Los Santos, which might help explain the weird title.

PS4, Xbox One, & PC Announcement Trailer

GTA 5 was initially released towards the end of the PS3 and Xbox 360 generation, so it only made sense for Rockstar to offer a next-gen upgrade.

And in this announcement trailer, the developer shows fans just how good the game would be looking for the next decade.

Xbox 360 TV Spot

In this TV spot for GTA 5, Rockstar Games shows off the impressive accolades achieved by its new release. And while not technically a trailer, we did think it was worth including on this list.

GTA V: The Official Trailer

GTA V: The Official Trailer was the final footage released prior to the release of the game.

In it, Rockstar gives fans a breakdown of the game’s story, while showcasing some of the title’s most high-octane moments.

GTA Online: Official Gameplay Video

After GTA 5’s gameplay video, GTA Online got one of its own. This was Rockstar’s first major multiplayer experience for Grand Theft Auto, and it far surpassed expectations – at least later down the line.

Initially, there wasn’t much to do in GTA Online, but after a decade of live service, there’s now no shortage of content.

Grand Theft Auto V: Official Gameplay Video

One of the most exciting parts of a new Rockstar Games release is its gameplay video, which usually gets released close to the official release date.

In this gameplay showcase, the developer uses only in-game footage to show off dozens of in-game activities that are possible in GTA 5. Even today, this trailer reminds us of just how good the most recent release is.

GTA 5: Michael. Franklin. Trevor.

Also released separately as individual character trailers, this upload introduced us to not one but three main protagonists.

The GTA 5 cast is truly incredible, and many fans hope to see Michael, Franklin, or Trevor appear in GTA 6. The good news: it’s possible.

Grand Theft Auto V Trailer

With over 109 million views at the time of this article’s writing, this reveal trailer used to be the biggest in GTA history. That is, of course, until GTA 6 came along.

Like GTA 6 Trailer 1, this reveal trailer focuses on the world of GTA 5 and only teases the debut of one of its protagonists: Michael De Santa

GTA: Chinatown Wars

Official iPhone / iPod Touch Trailer

Given that GTA: Chinatown Wars was one of the less intensive-to-run games in the franchise, it made sense for Rockstar to release it for mobile devices.

It’s crazy how, these days, the game holds up more than that iPhone design does.

Chinatown Wars – “Out for Revenge” PSP Gameplay

Chinatown Wars looked better than ever on PSP, as we can see from this gameplay trailer.

However, the game did lack the touchscreen elements that made the DS version so iconic.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Official PSP Trailer

After Chinatown Wars became the highest-rated Nintendo DS of all time, it only made sense for the title to release on other platforms.

Although the PSP version didn’t see the same success as its NDS predecessor, it still received stellar reviews and gave many more fans a way to play the game.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Debut Trailer

After GTA 4 blew previous series entries out of the water, it’s hard to believe that a return to a top-down Grand Theft Auto could ever be successful again.

However, Chinatown Wars definitely shattered all expectations, quickly becoming a fan favorite.

GTA 4

The Ballad of Gay Tony – Meet: Yusuf Amir

In the final character trailer for The Ballad of Gay Tony, players are introduced to Yusuf Amir.

Years later, this character would return in GTA Online, where it seems he’s been continuing to do well for himself. Fifteen years after The Ballad of Gay Tony, Amir hires players to help expand his luxury car collection.

The Ballad of Gay Tony – Meet: Tony Prince

Gay Tony himself is the driving force of GTA 4’s second DLC expansion, which is why Anthony Prince deserves his own character trailer.

A nightclub entrepreneur in Liberty City (and eventually Los Santos), Tony is Luis’ boss, a troubled and extravagant man desperately trying to pay off his debts.

The Ballad of Gay Tony Trailer – Weazel News Special Report: Guns in Liberty City

In this parody news broadcast, Rockstar shows off some of the features coming to GTA 4 in The Ballad of Gay Tony.

This great trailer for the game’s second expansion not-so-subtly showcases new weapons, characters, high-stakes missions, and much more.

The Ballad of Gay Tony Meet: Luis Lopez

Luis Lopez is one of the best GTA protagonists of all time, and the first time we got a proper look at him was in this character trailer.

Lopez is an extremely likable character, and he goes above and beyond when it comes to his boss, Tony Prince. And after GTA 4 took the series in a darker direction, the DLC protagonist helped inject some much-needed humor into Liberty City.

The Ballad of Gay Tony Trailer

After The Lost and Damned’s dark and gritty setting, The Ballad of Gay Tony felt like a breath of fresh air for GTA 4.

You can certainly feel it in the DLC’s first trailer, which recaptures the party vibes of Vice City while showing off exciting new content.

The Lost and Damned Trailer #2

In the final trailer for The Lost and Damned, Rockstar Games showcases the expansion’s focus on biker gangs and teases the story to come.

Excitingly, the trailer also reveals the return of GTA 4 protagonist Niko Bellic, as the DLC expansions interlink with the game’s base story.

The Lost and Damned Trailer – Billy Grey

William ‘Billy’ Grey is the primary antagonist of The Lost and Damned.

The president of The Lost MC, he shows himself to be a violent and sadistic leader with a severe drug addiction.

The Lost and Damned Trailer – Malc

Malcolm, AKA Malc, is a member of the Uptown Riders MC, and a major player in The Lost and Damned.

Malc also resurfaces in GTA Online, having later moved to San Andreas, where he offers Clubhouse Contracts to Motorcycle Clubs.

The Lost and Damned Trailer – Johnny Klebitz

Johnny Klebitz is the protagonist of The Lost and Damned, the Vice President of The Lost MC biker gang.

GTA 5 fans might recognize Johnny Klebitz for being one of the few characters to return from GTA 4. However, Klebitz is a shadow of his former self, and serves only to die at the hands of the new protagonist, Trevor.

The Lost and Damned Debut Trailer

The Lost and Damned was GTA 4’s first DLC expansion, bringing with it a new main character, setting, and a focus on biker gangs.

Both The Lost and Damned and the game’s second expansion, The Ballad of Gay Tony, interlink with the GTA 4 storyline in places, which makes us extremely disappointed that GTA 5 didn’t end up getting any similar DLC.

GTA IV PC Official Trailer

After a wait of seven months and seven days, GTA 4 finally arrived on PC on December 2, 2008.

Unfortunately, it looks as though GTA 6 fans will be waiting even longer for their PC port!

Grand Theft Auto IV Trailer 4 “Everyone’s a Rat”

In the fourth and final trailer for GTA 4, the focus is on the spectacle and biggest set pieces of Liberty City.

The trailer title, ‘Everyone’s a Rat’ would serve to be a warning of what’s to come. After all, even the American Dream turns out to be a lie that Niko Bellic must come to terms with.

Grand Theft Auto IV Trailer 3 “Move Up, Ladies”

After revealing both the GTA 4 protagonist and Liberty City, Trailer 3 gets busy setting up the game’s storyline and side characters in a big way.

Grand Theft Auto IV Trailer 2 “Looking for that Special Someone”

Rockstar Games prefers focusing on its games’ environments in Trailer 1, but Trailer 2 is where we almost always meet our new protagonist properly.

Niko Bellic is the star of the show this time around, and he quickly became one of the most memorable characters in the series’ history.

Grand Theft Auto IV Trailer 1 “Things Will Be Different”

The jump from Rockstar’s 3D universe to the HD universe was enormous, and GTA 4 blew all previous entries out of the water with its scale.

Because of this ‘Things Will Be Different’ is one of the series’ most iconic trailers, and long-term fans will likely remember being blown away by its graphics – even if they look a little dated by today’s standards!

GTA: Vice City Stories

Vice City Stories Official Trailer

Vice City Stories ended up being so successful that Rockstar decided to port the game to the PS2.

No longer restricted by the PSP hardware, the PS2 port ended up having a number of improvements over the original, including enhanced graphics, new activities, and more.

Vice City Stories Trailer #3

Vice City Stories’ third trailer reveals the inclusion of Phil Collins, the first real-life celebrity to ever appear as himself in a GTA title.

The British singer-songwriter contributed multiple songs to the game’s soundtrack and even has an in-game mission in which players must protect his concert from being sabotaged.

Vice City Stories Trailer #2

For a PSP title, Vice City Stories was able to capture the magic of the original Vice City and then some.

In the game’s second trailer, we’re introduced to a litany of side characters that would be joining Vance in this prequel to the original release.

Vice City Stories Trailer #1

A return to Vice City was a welcome surprise in both GTA 6 and Vice City Stories!

In this prequel to the original Vice City, players take control of Victor Vance, a former soldier who turned to crime to provide for his family.

GTA: Liberty City Stories

Liberty City Stories – Mobile Trailer

Later down the line, in December 2015, Rockstar Games brought Liberty City Stories to iOS and Android devices.

Given that this port was created a decade later than the original, it can run at a higher resolution. However, some hardcore fans prefer the original game’s textures to the updated version.

Liberty City Stories Official Trailer

Like the eventual Vice City Stories, Liberty City Stories was also successful enough to warrant porting to the PS2.

However, the console version of the game did not feature the multiplayer component.

Liberty City Stories Trailer #3

In the third trailer for Liberty City Stories, Rockstar reveals the first-ever GTA online multiplayer, which allows users to pick from 60 different characters before causing chaos with their friends.

GTA multiplayer has come a long way, but it’s clear that it’s always been in the back of the developer’s mind.

Liberty City Stories Trailer #2

In the game’s second trailer, Rockstar shows brief snippets of Liberty City Stories’ plot, but this stylized footage ends up hiding more than it reveals.

Liberty City Stories Trailer #1

GTA’s first-ever PSP game took players back to Liberty City, putting them in the shoes of GTA 3’s Toni Cipriani.

Liberty City Stories is a direct prequel to the events of GTA 3, taking place after the events of San Andreas.

GTA: San Andreas

San Andreas – The Definitive Edition Comparison Video

Finally, in 2021, a whopping seventeen years on from its initial release date, Rockstar Games dropped San Andreas – The Definitive Edition.

And while these game ports were far from perfect, this comparison trailer shows the remasters have a lot to offer.

San Andreas PlayStation 2 Trailer 2

After early trailers focused on the state of San Andreas itself, the game’s next trailer focused more on teasing protagonist CJ and the game’s supporting cast.

For fans back in 2004, San Andreas was by far the biggest title yet, something the trailer does its best to show off.

San Andreas PlayStation 2 Trailer 1

Set to Guns N’ Roses ‘Welcome to the Jungle,’ this San Andreas trailer captures the chaos of Grand Theft Auto perfectly.

Interestingly, besides the occasional hint at what’s to come, Rockstar Games seemed to prefer to avoid giving fans an early look at the storyline this time around. This is particularly surprising, given that San Andreas contains one of the most memorable stories in Grand Theft Auto history.

San Andreas Trailer 1

GTA San Andreas remains one of the most beloved GTA titles of all time to this day.

In Trailer 1, Rockstar shows off its largest map yet and manages to get fans excited without a word of dialogue being spoken.

GTA Advance

Released for the Game Boy Advance, GTA Advance returned to the top-down roots of the Grand Theft Auto franchise.

This is the only trailer for the GBA game, as far as we can tell, though it’s possible that some have simply been lost to time.

GTA Vice City

Vice City 10th Anniversary Edition Trailer

The 10th Anniversary Edition of Vice City dropped on December 6, 2012 – unsurprisingly, a decade on from the game’s first release.

This iOS and Android edition of the game contains improved high-resolution graphics, model improvements, and some minor quality-of-life changes.

Vice City Official Trailer

The first Vice City trailer to actually feature in-game dialogue, it’s notable that even this trailer doesn’t contain any lines from protagonist Tommy Vercetti himself.

Given that Vercetti was the franchise’s first voiced protagonist and that the late actor Ray Liotta performed his role, we wonder why this decision was made.

Vice City Trailer #3

Tommy Vercetti takes center stage in GTA: Vice City’s third trailer, though the focus is more on the action than his actual character.

Vice City Trailer #2

Encapsulating the 1980s vibe perfectly, Vice City’s second trailer revealed just how far Rockstar had come in the single year since GTA 3.

What’s more, the trailer song ‘I Ran’ is one of the songs we need to see return in GTA 6, as we head back to the state of Leonida!

Vice City Trailer #1

Vice City is such an iconic location that Rockstar has returned to it not once but twice (or three times if you count the original GTA’s rendition).

After the success of GTA 3 and its 3D open world, the developer massively improved upon its own formula in this take on Miami in the ’80s.

GTA 3

10 Year Anniversary Edition – Official Launch Trailer

In 2011, GTA 3 was re-released on iOS and Android devices to celebrate its tenth anniversary.

This edition of the game features checkpoints, allowing players to avoid a full restart upon dying mid-mission. However, it lacks the dismemberment that was available on GTA 3’s PC version or on console with the use of cheat codes.

GTA 3 Official Trailer

The official trailer for GTA 3 sets up the story of Claude, the game’s silent protagonist.

These days, Claude is one of the more lackluster main characters in the series, but it could be argued that a mute protagonist allows fans to play the game any way they like without ever feeling out of character.

E3 2001 Teaser Trailer

GTA 3 was the first time that Rockstar Games had ever released a 3D Grand Theft Auto title. As such, we imagine this E3 teaser trailer blew a lot of minds when it first debuted.

These days, GTA 3 isn’t as fondly remembered as some of the series’ later entries, but we’d never be where we are now without it.

GTA 2

GTA 2 Movie

As part of its promotion for GTA 2, Rockstar put together a short film starring Scott Maslen as protagonist Claude Speed.

Parts of this live-action trailer would later be featured in the game’s opening cutscene.

GTA 2 – TV Trailer

The TV trailer for GTA 2 uses much of the same footage as its official trailer but includes actual gameplay spliced between the live-action clips.

It also reveals the game’s setting of ‘Anywhere, U.S.A,’ a unique location that’s intentionally left vague.

Grand Theft Auto 2 Trailer

Back in the late 90s, video game trailers weren’t what they are now.

And like with the first Grand Theft Auto, Rockstar opted for a live-action trailer to showcase what its upcoming game had to offer.

Grand Theft Auto

London 1961 Trailer

After London 1969 came London 1961, the second expansion for the original Grand Theft Auto.

Set eight years before its predecessor, London 1961 was the first game to introduce drive-by shooting, and came with an exclusive multiplayer map based on Manchester, United Kingdom.

London 1969 Trailer

Did you know there were not one but two GTA titles set in London, England?

The original Grand Theft Auto received two expansions, each set in London. This trailer for the first expansion, London 1969, reveals the game’s change in setting alongside an incredible take on an English accent.

Grand Theft Auto 1 Commercial

It’s tough to find a good-quality trailer for GTA 1, but some of the game’s earliest footage can be seen in this promotion for BMG Interactive Entertainment, which would eventually be incorporated into Rockstar Games.

Unfortunately, you’ll have a tough time actually making it out among the handful of pixels available.

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With almost a decade of experience in video game journalism, Max is a well-versed writer from Manchester, United Kingdom. His expertise shines in his comprehensive coverage of GTA 6, providing fans with the latest news and developments regarding the highly-anticipated sequel.
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