GTA VI To Feature a Female Protagonist and be More Culturally Sensitive


Bloomberg just released a huge report on Rockstar’s shift in work culture, which also seems to reveal a ton of new information about GTA 6. The report, by Jason Schreier, details canceled GTA Online projects such as a mode called “Cops n Crooks”, which was canceled shortly after George Floyd’s murder.

The cancellation of said project is indicative of a positive shift in Rockstar’s actions when it comes to politically sensitive issues. This is also reflected in the way the next GTA game is being developed as the report reveals that the game will feature the first playable female protagonist in the history of the series.

The game will apparently feature two protagonists, one of whom will be a Latina, and the story is influenced by iconic bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde.

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GTA 6 may feature a few protagonists inspired by Bonnie and Clyde

Rockstar went through a somewhat transformative phase after the release of 2018’s Red Dead Redemption II, as several employees called out the publishers and studios for a difficult work environment. This change has led the company to narrow the gender pay gap, and a report after RDR 2 appeared to have suggested a shift in the work environment at Rockstar to reduce the possibility of crunch for future game development.

Schreier says the next Grand Theft Auto game could feel “very different” from its predecessors. First, it could be a result of the studio’s handling of political sensitivity now, as evidenced by the removal of several transphobic jokes in a re-release of GTA 5 for the PS5, Xbox Series X/S.

The report goes into detail on how Rockstar started to abandon its “frat boy” image and is now asking its developers not to “adjudicate” marginalized groups in the next GTA game with jokes. The report suggests that the game will be released before March 2024, but there has been no official communication about a release date yet.

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