Take-Two Interactive may have just shared a potentially disappointing update on GTA 6’s release date, following a recent earnings call.

Right now, Grand Theft Auto 6 is possibly the most highly anticipated game of all time. And after over ten years of waiting, we finally have a 2025 release date for Rockstar Games’ upcoming title.

But after over a decade of patience, it looks as though players may have to wait just a little longer for the long-awaited follow-up to GTA 5.

Has GTA 6 Been Delayed?

Evidence suggests that GTA 6 might have been delayed from its early 2025 release date, as Take-Two Interactive has lowered its earnings predictions for the next fiscal year.

In a recent earnings call, Rockstar Games owner Take-Two revised its prediction for Fiscal Year 2025, which runs from April 2024 to March 2025.

Despite initially claiming in May 2023 that it expects to generate $8 billion in FY:25, this week’s earnings call shows that Take-Two’s predictions are now $7 billion.

UPDATE: In Take-Two’s recent May 2024 earnings call, we got confirmation that GTA 6 will release in Fall 2025!

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Wedbush Securities’ analysts Nick McKay and Michael Pachter were the first to suggest that this drop could mean GTA 6 is being delayed:

“We can only surmise that GTA VI has slipped out of FY:25,” the analysts state. “The drop makes us almost certain that GTA VI will not be releasing next FY. With that said, we have no reason to believe the game has slipped out of calendar 2025, but it is reasonable to assume that it will launch later in the year.”

It’s worth pointing out that GTA 6 never actually had a confirmed release date of early 2025, but the game was expected to launch before the end of March due to Take-Two’s previous high expectations for FY:25.

If the game is no longer launching next fiscal year, we’ve at least narrowed down the release window to March-December 2025.

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Our money is in October, a month that Rockstar has a long history with – in fact, the majority of Grand Theft Auto titles were released towards the end of October!

GameRelease Date
GTA 5September 17, 2013
GTA Chinatown WarsMarch 17, 2009
GTA 4April 29, 2008
GTA Vice City StoriesOctober 31, 2006
GTA Liberty City StoriesOctober 24, 2005
GTA San AndreasOctober 26, 2004
GTA AdvanceOctober 26, 2004
GTA Vice CityOctober 27, 2002
GTA 3October 22, 2001
GTA 2October 22, 1999
GTA: London 1961June 1, 1999
GTA: London 1969April 30, 1999
Grand Theft AutoNovember 28, 1997
Previous Grand Theft Auto Release Dates

Admittedly, though, it seems that the company has moved away from this trend in recent history.

It’s Likely That GTA 6 Has No Set Release Date

If we had to guess, we’d say that GTA 6 has no release date set in stone at this moment in time, even internally.

Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive likely know when they’d like to release Grand Theft Auto 6, but a new statement made during the earnings call suggests that nothing is confirmed:

“We’re seeking perfection and when we’ve optimized, that’s the time to release,” Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick confirmed.

In addition, eagle-eyed fans have noticed listings for GTA 6 localization testers only just going live on LinkedIn. Thankfully, this is at least a process that indicates work on the game is mostly complete.

Rockstar was confident enough to offer fans a 2025 release date at the end of Trailer 1, at least. But a GTA title being delayed would certainly be nothing new.

Thankfully, Take-Two is still pointing to 2025 as being the year to watch.

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