It wouldn't exactly be a shocker if Grand Theft Auto 6 was confirmed to be under development.
However, the next installment in Rockstar Games' flagship franchise has yet to be officially announced or confirmed, and anyone working the developer will be under strict NDA. However, recently, and most likely by accident, a former employee seemingly broke that NDA and inadvertently confirmed the existence of GTA 6.
This is hardly the first time a resume had outted an unannounced project in the video game industry. The same thing happened with Red Dead Redemption 2 and countless other games throughout the years. In this case, an employee named Bibin Michael, who formerly worked for Rockstar India, listed GTA 6 in their online portfolio.
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The 3D artist worked as a junior vehicle artist at Rockstar India, and according to their Artstation portfolio, created vehicles for GTA Online DLCs as well as GTA 6. This element of the portfolio has since been edited out. Michael is also credited as a contributor on Red Dead Redemption 2, though this is not listed on their portfolio.
Seeing that the entry was removed so quickly after this news gained publicity following its first posting in GTAForums, it's likely that there is some truth to it. Based on the dates in the portfolio, GTA 6 has been in development since at least sometime between December 2017 and April 2018.
Rumors, soft-confirmations and leaks have suggested that the game has been in production for even longer, and while there is no way to verify these claims, it wouldn't be unlikely. Rockstar is known for its secrecy and tendency to take their time with development.
With the high number of studios they run around the world, supporting GTA Online with content, developing and supporting Red Dead Redemption 2 and beginning development on GTA 6 all at once is absolutely viable.
With recent news about the PlayStation 5 popping up, it's increasingly more likely that the 2020/2021 predictions for the launch of the next console generation are accurate. If Rockstar waits out a few years after Red Dead Redemption 2 before launching GTA 6, it would fall squarely into the next gen. That would make GTA 6 the first Rockstar game fully developed for the next generation hardware.
We don't see any reason to doubt the existence of GTA 6, Rockstar's plans to continue the franchise, or that it is already under development. Whether the specifics of this particular leak are legitimate or not would be difficult to say for sure, but it's also ultimately irrelevant. Now that Red Dead Redemption 2 has been available for a while, we can start to anticipate crumbs of info about Rockstar's upcoming titles.
If you want to learn more about the future of GTA, take a look at what we know so far.