GTA 6 could see the return of one of the Grand Theft Auto series’ most iconic protagonists, but will Tommy Vercetti actually return?

Those who grew up with the Grand Theft Auto franchise will already be aware that 2025’s upcoming title won’t be the first time we’ve been able to visit Vice City.

In fact, in the aptly named GTA: Vice City, players have already seen a sneak peek of what’s to come in GTA 6.

And since we’re returning to the Miami-inspired city, fans are hoping that Vice City’s protagonist, Tommy Vercetti, might make a comeback.

Who Is Tommy Vercetti?

Thomas ‘Tommy’ Vercetti first appeared in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, all the way back in 2002. A former member of the Forelli Crime Family in Liberty City, Tommy is sent to Vice City to oversee a drug deal which quickly goes wrong.

As he hunts for the missing drugs and money, Tommy establishes his own criminal empire and becomes the leader of the Vercetti Gang.

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This organization eventually grows so large that Tommy eradicates all competition and becomes the kingpin of Vice City.

The Rockstar Universes

It’s worth pointing out, before we go any further, that Tommy Vercetti technically resides in a different parallel universe from GTA 6.

Rockstar Games has split its titles into three distinct universes:

  • The 2D Universe – GTA 1 and 2
  • The 3D Universe – GTA 3, Vice City, Advance, San Andreas, Liberty City Stories, and Vice City Stories
  • The HD Universe – GTA 4, Episodes from Liberty City, Chinatown Wars, 5, Online, and 6

As such, it wouldn’t be possible for Tommy Vercetti to appear in GTA 6, as he technically doesn’t exist in the HD universe.

However, we still expect Rockstar to give a nod to one of its most iconic characters in the return to Vice City.

Is Tommy Vercetti Still Alive in GTA 6?

It is unknown as to whether or not Tommy Vercetti is still alive at the time of GTA 6. Vice City’s story takes place in 1986, and it seems increasingly likely that GTA 6 will be set in 2025.

Vercetti does survive the events of Vice City, which could mean that he’s still around in 2025. However, given that the character was born in 1951, he would be around 64 years old at the time of GTA 6.

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Recurring character Ken Rosenburg calls Tommy at the beginning of GTA: San Andreas, a game that takes place in 1992. Although Vercetti doesn’t answer the call, his secretary tells Ken that Tommy is not currently taking calls, implying that he is very much alive at this time.

Of course, while Vercetti was unopposed at the end of his game, being the kingpin of Vice City is a dangerous job. There’s no guarantee that he survived the 39 years between Vice City and GTA 6.

Rest in Peace, Ray Liotta

But while Tommy the character’s fate is unknown, Tommy’s voice actor, Ray Liotta, passed away in May 2022.

Tragically, Liotta died in his sleep at the age of 67, and he was still acting regularly in 2022. We know from leaks that Rockstar Games had already started voice actor work by then, so it’s possible that Liotta could have recorded lines prior to his death.

Tommy Vercetti and Ray Liotta

However, it also means it’s likely that the actor passed away before he was able to record for the character – if Rockstar even wanted to bring Tommy back in the first place!

Tommy was the first-ever voiced protagonist in a GTA game, which made Ray Liotta’s performance iconic to many fans.

Moreover, while Rockstar would later prefer to use lesser-known voice actors for their main characters, Liotta was already a huge star, having featured in films such as Field of Dreams, Goodfellas, Hannibal, and many more.

Because of these reasons, we think it’s unlikely that Tommy will be recast for a cameo in GTA 6.

Tommy Vercetti References in GTA 6

Although we have only had a brief look at GTA 6 so far, we can already see that some references to Vercetti’s legacy survive.

For example, in GTA 6 Trailer 1, the Ocean View Hotel can be seen in one of the shots of the streets of Vice City.

Those who played the original Vice City game will recognize this as being Tommy’s first safehouse, and it appears it’s still standing today.

Could other safehouses, such as the Ocean Heights Apartment or Hyman Condo also appear in GTA 6? We think there’s a decent chance – but Vercetti Estate isn’t quite as likely.

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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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