The Grand Theft Auto VI (aka GTA 6 or GTA VI) is expected to be RockStar Games’ next game after releasing Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2) and its multiplayer version – Red Dead Online. However, we’re not expecting the game to come anytime soon. In fact, according to some reports, it could be out as late as 2022.

But for this article, we’ll be reviewing rumors that we’ve been hearing in the past. Firstly, GTA 6 may choose a 1970s dateline to avoid trouble. The other rumor is that the game could feature the entire U.S.

Is Choosing A 1970s Dateline Safe?

The rumor that GTA 6 could be in the 1970s has been going on for years – probably as early as 2014 if we’re going to consider this source as the earliest.

Today, one of the reasons that RockStar may choose a 1970s dateline for the GTA 6 is because of today’s political climate. In fact, back in October, Rockstar Games’ co-founder Dan Houser expressed his relief that GTA 6 wasn’t happening during Trump’s divided America.

Today in the US, social issues, cultural stereotypes and politics are sensitive topics to talk about. If you’re not careful enough or you expressed it at an inappropriate moment, it can lead you into serious trouble. And with GTA series, it’s basically filled with satire. It features offensive jokes, themes, and vice. So it does make sense that Houser is relieved that the game wasn’t released this year because they will be facing backlash after backlash.

But will it make any difference though? Will the political climate be okay after Trump’s term? What if it will be just the same or even worse? Will Rockstar delay the game if that happens?

But in regards to the 1970s dateline, if RockStar will choose this, then in some way it does also make a bit of sense. Seeing the success of RDR2 and the game’s timeline, it may be a “safer”… probably.

Sure, some may argue that RDR2’s timeline and the supposed GTA 6’s 1970s timeline are miles apart so it doesn’t make sense to compare the two. However, they both have one thing in common – the past. Since both of them happened in the past, in case people will attack the game due to social issues or whatever, the company can more or less argue, “This is how things were in the past and this is simply a representation of it. Do you want us to change it drastically to fit today’s PC culture?” We all know what happened to EA’s Battlefield 5.

However, there will be another issue: Will the fans like it, the 1970s setting? You know how passionate the fans can be – they’re like a double-edged sword.

Will Include The Entire US Map?

Another rumor that we’ve been hearing is that GTA 6 could feature the entire US map. And if we’re going to look at how long this rumor has been circulating, it’s probably around 2015 if we’re going to consider this article as the earliest.

So, what are the chances of this happening? Well, although we can’t say for sure, there’s a chance that it could happen if we consider what Rockstar did with RDR2. The game’s map is huge… really huge.

Take a look at this map comparison photo between GTA 5 and RDR2’s map. It’s at least 3 GTA 5 maps combined. With it, players have so many things do, so many people to meet, and so many places to explore.

The GTA series is one of Rockstar’s most beloved franchises. It would be strange if it won’t receive the same effort that the company has poured over RDR2. So even if GTA 6 won’t feature the entire map of the US, we’re at least expecting that it will have a really huge map.

So When Is GTA 6 Expected To Come?

According to a report, GTA 6 may eventually be announced in 2020. However, for its release, this is where things get a bit complicated. We’ve already mentioned earlier that some reports suggest that the game could be out as late as 2022. However, others also say that 2022 is the earliest and that it could be extended until 2026.

Are you okay with GTA 6 set in the 1970s? What do you think are the chances of it featuring the entire US map? Tell us in the comment section below.