Grand Theft Auto VI trailer is here, game launches in 2025

A bar graph for the breast cancer rates among women of different ethnicities.

Grand Theft Auto VI revisits Vice City, the fictionalized version of Miami while also featuring the first female protagonist for the franchise.

Photo: Take-Two Interactive

Published on Dec 5, 2023

Releasing the first trailer for Grand Theft Auto VI earlier than expected, Rockstar Games confirms that the next entry in the franchise arrives in 2025 — returning to a familiar terrain.

The 90-second trailer begins with the “introduction” on Lucia — initially seen wearing a prison jumpsuit and later in a police car chase as she escapes after a robbery. These visuals more or less confirm the previous leaks of a (single) female protagonist — a first for any GTA game.

The game has a recognizably Bonnie and Clyde-inspired story, with the protagonist committing crimes with her boyfriend after apparently completing her jail time. With Tom Petty’s “Love Is a Long Road” playing in the background, the game setting returns to Vice City — a satirical take on Miami that the franchise first visited back in 2002.

The accompanying press release also mentions the familiar setting: “Grand Theft Auto VI heads to the state of Leonida, home to the neon-soaked streets of Vice City and beyond in the biggest, most immersive evolution of the Grand Theft Auto series yet,” Rockstar says.

Grand Theft Auto VI is up-to-the-minute, with TikTok and Instagram Live expressed throughout the trailer — with a man wrestling an alligator during one such scene. Much of the street-level chaos is shown through similar newscasts and security-cam footage, although how contemporary elements work into the gameplay remains unclear.

Rockstar initially planned to debut the trailer at 9 am ET on Dec. 5, but had to publish the trailer on its official channel after a leak on Monday evening. “Our trailer has leaked,” the company posted, “so please watch the real thing on YouTube.” The game’s protagonists and setting were leaked beforehand — over a year ago — as a hacker accessed in-development footage of the game. While “extremely disappointed” with the unprecedented leak, Rockstar confirmed that it would not affect the game’s development. ❑