- The much-awaited Grand Theft Auto 6 by Rockstar Games is apparently aiming to raise the bar in graphical fidelity for the gaming industry.
- The game’s graphics and features are expected to outshine both its predecessor and its sister title, Red Dead Redemption 2.
- Most are confident Rockstar will deliver unparalleled gaming experience when GTA 6 finally releases in 2025 or 2026.
Plenty can happen in five years, except, maybe, when you’re Rockstar Games. Where most companies have released at least 2-3 AAA games during that span, Rockstar is content with a single launch and surrounding it with robust support via post-launch content and other “smaller” projects like remasters. But, you can’t exactly fault Rockstar for approaching video game development like this.
In true “quality over quantity” fashion, Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2 are two of the best-selling and most iconic games in gaming history. But, while these two hits share similar developers, their graphics couldn’t be any more different. Despite getting a remaster for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X, GTA 5 looks at least two console generations behind when compared to its open-world wester cousin. In contrast, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a deceptive game that anyone could easily mistake for a next-gen title.
With such a jump in graphical fidelity between the two games that are released just five years apart from each other, is a similar improvement expected from RDR2 and GTA 6? The answer is “yes”, if you ask Rockstar Mag.
The well-respected French website, which specializes in covering everything Rockstar, suggest the graphical difference between GTA 6 and RDR 2 will be even more pronounced than that between GTA 5 and RDR 2. Such claims are big if it’s true, especially when considering that many regard RDR 2 as one of the benchmarks for physically-based rendering in gaming. The artistic direction and lighting in RDR 2, even at lower graphic settings, outshine many other games running at their highest.
According to the same source, one of the significant advancements that GTA 6 is expected to bring to the table is water physics. Historically, water has posed challenges in video game representation. Most developers have resorted to using mesh systems, which though not resource-intensive, have their limitations. Rockstar Games is believed to have designed a revolutionary system for GTA 6, allowing for real-time physically simulated water. If this turns out to be accurate, it implies a monumental leap, not just for the GTA series but for the video game industry.
Moreover, with the vast capabilities of modern OLED TVs and the power offered by the new generation of consoles, the visual experience promised by GTA 6 could be unparalleled. As for the light treatment in GTA 6, the report suggests that it will be the first in the GTA series to provide physically simulated light, which would elevate the in-game experience both day and night.
Vehicle physics, which is a key component of the GTA experience, is also rumored to undergo substantial improvements. An increased polygon count compared to GTA 5 might offer more accurate vehicle deformations, leading to more realistic accidents and driving experiences.
But it’s essential to approach these revelations with a hint of caution. While many regard Rockstar Mag as reliable, some expressed skepticism. There are doubts about the veracity of some of the claims, suggesting that Rockstar Mag has occasionally ventured into the realm of speculation.
Regardless of which rumors turn out to be accurate, it’s certain that Rockstar will deliver an experience that showcases the true potential of next-generation consoles.
Take-Two Interactive previously teased how GTA 6will set a new “creative benchmark” for the entertainment industry before it hinted at a potential 2025-2026 release window for the game.
Although official information regarding GTA 6 is still scarce, it’s understood that the development is actively ongoing since its confirmation in February 2022. With each new version of RAGE, from the innovations of RAGE 7 in GTA 5 to the sophisticated features in RAGE 8 for RDR 2, it has progressively enhanced the gaming experience. As per sources, RAGE 9 for GTA 6 promises even more advanced game physics, realistic time management, improved rendering quality, and enhanced artificial intelligence.
For now though, Rockstar seems busy expanding its offerings for GTA+ subscribers, recently adding GTA Trilogy. It’s not clear yet when “others” will be added to the selection.