Rockstar’s long-awaited Grand Theft Auto 6 continues to be a minimum of two years away however being made beneath improved situations, an intensive new Bloomberg report has detailed.
The report centres on modifications inside Rockstar because the firm’s public reckoning with crunch in 2018, when founder Dan Houser mentioned his workforce had labored “100-hour weeks” to complete Crimson Lifeless Redemption 2, and after numerous studies of the corporate’s frat-house-style operation.
Subsequent modifications to working kinds and advantages are a part of an try and “reinvent” the corporate as a extra progressive office, the report states, which additionally extends to the content material featured in its video games.
The report states that GTA6 will embody the collection’ first playable feminine protagonist as one in all its lead characters (a Bonnie and Clyde-style duo, the place the girl is Latina).
It additionally reiterates previously-reported particulars, resembling the sport’s map – initially deliberate to function “giant swaths of North and South America” – being scaled again to make growth extra managable, with a map initially centered on modern-day Miami (Vice Metropolis) and surrounding areas that can then be expanded over time.
In contrast to earlier video games, GTA6 builders are mentioned to be avoiding jokes which “punch down” to marginalised teams.
The report additionally particulars Cops ‘n’ Crooks, a deliberate cops-and-robbers-style mode for GTA On-line that Rockstar canned in response to the police homicide of George Floyd.
Different modifications inside Rockstar embody a brand new flexitime coverage to instantly acquire again additional time spent working, a narrowed gender pay hole, and the hiring of further producers to make sure workloads are higher managed.
Not all of those modifications have gone easily, and a few employees have reportedly expressed frustration on the additional time growth has taken – and the very fact GTA6 stays a number of years away regardless of being in manufacturing “in some kind” since 2014.
Rockstar, after all, has the time and the cash to make these modifications with a purpose to higher develop its follow-up to essentially the most profitable online game of all time. A significant new replace for the highly-profitable GTA On-line went stay this week, simply days after Rockstar confirmed Crimson Lifeless On-line had been sidelined.