In its quarterly investor report right this moment, Take-Two stated that growth of the subsequent Grand Theft Auto game is “nicely underway.” That is precisely what the Rockstar mum or dad firm stated when it first introduced GTA 6, after which once more a number of months later, however right this moment’s assertion is a bit more notable as a result of it got here alongside a basic promise that “a number of groundbreaking titles” will launch throughout its 2025 fiscal yr, and there are some clear indicators that a type of video games is the brand new GTA.

As a result of company accounting is bizarre, Take-Two’s 2025 fiscal yr begins in April 2024, so the “groundbreaking” video games we’re speaking about are scheduled to launch someday subsequent yr, or in early 2025 on the newest. Take-Two additionally stated that these video games will “set new requirements” for the business and propel the corporate to $8 billion in internet bookings (all of its gross sales earlier than bills) for the fiscal yr, with that momentum persevering with into the subsequent one.

Take-Two recorded $5.3 billion in internet bookings through the fiscal yr that simply concluded, and it expects the present fiscal yr to ship just a bit greater than that, so these large releases want to herald over $2.5 billion in extra money through the 2025 fiscal yr.

A kind of video games might be Judas, the brand new game from BioShock creator Ken Levine, nevertheless it’s onerous to think about that it is the two-point-five-billion-dollar distinction maker. It additionally helps this hypothesis that Take-Two beforehand stated that GTA 6 will “set artistic benchmarks” for the leisure enterprise, which sounds lots just like the “set new requirements” remark from right this moment. Rumors that GTA 6 would launch in 2025 have been floating round a pair years in the past, too.

The one factor stopping me from placing all my chips on subsequent yr is how typically large video games are delayed. It is beginning to really feel like an inevitability: Bethesda even missed the chance to launch Starfield on Skyrim’s tenth birthday because it had initially deliberate. So even when GTA is at the moment scheduled to launch subsequent yr, there is no assure we can’t see a jpg on Twitter explaining that the builders want extra time for polish.

Final yr, a monumental leak revealed a bunch of particulars about GTA 6, together with that it is going to be set in Vice Metropolis and have two protagonists. Take-Two stated that the hack, which led to the arrest of a 17-year-old, did not have an effect on the event of GTA 6.