1. A female protagonist
When asked about a female protagonist for GTA 5, instead of three male heroes (or anti-heroes), Rockstar co-founder and lead writer Dan Houser said in an interview with The Guardian back in 2013 that a female lead wasn’t really on the table, but not intentionally.
“We didn’t really think about it this time,” Houser said. “That’s not to say that we couldn’t or we wouldn’t. This character set is just what came to us: it wasn’t, ‘we’ve got X and Y so we need Z’. We weren’t trying to do it off a checklist – I don’t think that will ever give you something that’s believable or engaging.”
“In the future, could we do a game with a female lead? Of course. We just haven’t found the right game for it yet, but it’s one of the things that we always think about.”
“It didn’t feel natural for this game but definitely for the right game in the future – with the right themes, it could be fantastic. But for GTA 5, this was the organic thing that came up, these were the characters that would display the themes we wanted to think about.”
Fans have long clamoured for a female hero in a Grand Theft Auto game, and the rumours have it that
Likelihood: Strong. A female lead would be a fantastic choice for GTA 6 and would be a wonderful change from all the murdered prostitutes.
2. Eva Mendez and Ryan Gosling
Rumours of a female protagonist are super exciting, but there’s more.
But again, there’s more. There’s a male lead on the list too and it’s none other than global heart-throb Ryan Gosling, who also just happens to be her real-life husband.
Likelihood: Questionable. GTA is a major gaming franchise that’s incredibly famous, especially outside of the gaming industry, so it’s possible some big names could be involved, but we’re not convinced.
3. Full support for virtual reality
Another GTA 6 rumour involves virtual reality and according to the online rumblings, you may be able to play the entirety of GTA 6 in VR.
Specific headsets haven’t been mentioned, but since this is probably just a rumour we’re not that bothered.
Likelihood: Questionable. GTA 6 might have a VR experience attached to it but playing the whole game in virtual reality would be insane.
Unless we’ve seen huge leaps in virtual reality in the years between now and the GTA 6 release date playing a whole GTA game in VR would prove testing for most stomachs.
Fast-paced, action-packed and played in long sessions, a VR GTA (in its current form at least) wouldn’t work.
4. Time travel or another futuristic twist
With the murmurings of a seriously big map for GTA 6, there are also some rumours of time travelling being a major part of the game.
This isn’t Saints Row we’re talking about, but apparently there may be a futuristic twist to GTA 6.
According to a report from ChristianToday
– really – the game will give players “the taste of time travel” where “teleportation [is] possible within a split-second”.
Likelihood: Utterly ridiculous. There are hilarious side-missions in GTA games, but having time travelling as a main gameplay mechanic is just not in Rockstar’s DNA.
Plus, ChristianToday has no screenshots, sources or any kind of proof, so we’re certainly sceptical.
5. Playing as either a cop or a criminal
Another potential for the GTA 6 storyline is that you have the decision to play either as a cop or as a criminal. Or at least, if GTA 6 adopts the multiple protagonist feature of GTA 5, one of the characters you play as could be a police officer.
Likelihood: Strong. We could totally see this working, especially with the potential mayhem that could ensue if you’re playing a Trevor-style character half the time and a cop the other.