18 Jun 2021 11:32 AM +00:00

Will Rockstar Games' next GTA game show up in the next State of Play?

It always feels like we're waiting for the next GTA game, doesn't it? We're starting to think Rockstar Games and Bethesda are comparing notes! Thankfully, a new leak has suggested that we wont have to wait long for our next look at Rockstar Games' upcoming Grand Theft Auto title.

Here's everything we know about whether the next GTA game will show up at Sony's next State of Play Presentation.

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When Is The Next State Of Play?

E3 2021, arguably the year's biggest gaming event, is over and we're still none the wiser when it comes to Rockstar Games' next GTA title. Take-Two's panel was an important one on inclusivity in the industry, but a lot of fans were still hoping for a few crumbs of information throughout the broadcast.

GTA's absence was not in vain, though, as a known leaker has suggested that we might see more from the Grand Theft Auto series a lot sooner than we think.

Last year, Sony held their "Summer State of Play" in August. However, there are rumours to suggest that this could be moved forward in an effort to fill that gap between the end of E3 2021 and EA's EA Play event on July 22.

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Redditor u/QuimSix has stated that Sony's next State of Play is planned for July 8th. This would be, once again, on a Thursday and we're expecting the broadcast to go live around 14:00 PST / 17:00 EST / 20:00 BST if the leak proves to be true.

Unlike the last two State of Play presentations, which focused on Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and Horizon Forbidden West, this is expected to be more of a general showcase of upcoming PlayStation games and technologies.

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Will GTA Make An Appearance?

This is one of the big talking points going into the next couple of months. When are we going to see more from Rockstar Games about their next Grand Theft Auto game? Sony's next State of Play presentation seems like it might be a good place to hedge your bets.

Redditor u/QuimSix, the same Redditor who leaked the date for the upcoming State of Play, has stated that we're going to be getting a brand new Grand Theft Auto 5: Expanded and Enhanced trailer during the broadcast.

It's worth taking this with a pinch of salt, but this leaker has previously shared information about Far Cry 6's release that has since proven accurate. There's some credibility there, but... Nothing is certain.

An "Enhanced & Expanded" Showcase

If we are getting a new look at the next GTA game during Sony's State of Play presentation, what will it look like?

Everything we've seen from Grand Theft Auto 5: Expanded & Enhanced has looked nice, but it also still very much looks like Grand Theft Auto 5.

The details about the third iteration of GTA 5 are light, but the jump between the PS3/Xbox 360 version to the PS4/Xbox One version of the game has left fans wanting a lot.

As you can see in the trailer below, the next-gen version of GTA 5 doesn't look bad, but it also looks largely the same...

One thing we would like to see added to GTA is Red Dead Redemption 2's conversational features.

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If there's one thing Rockstar Games nailed with Red Dead Redemption 2, it's making the world feel alive. The protagonist in Grand Theft Auto 5 does interact with various NPCs walking around, but it hardly feels like an active part of the game.

Additionally, we'd like to see a few smaller activities added to the game. We know GTA 5 is already packed full of things to do, but Red Dead Redemption 2 proved that Rockstar Games can go even further with their immersion and we want to see that replicated in Los Santos.

We're not expecting to see another major feature added, like the first-person mode that was added in the last console transition, but there's a lot that can still be done with GTA 5.

Of course, on top of all this, we expect all the usual "next-gen features" to be included. This means the next GTA title should see solid 60FPS performance and 4K resolutions.

We're also expecting the PS5's DualSense features to be explored. There's certainly plenty of opportunities to make use of the Adaptive Triggers and Haptic Feedback in GTA 5. Ray-Tracing features might be a little too demanding though, given the size of the game.

Grand Theft Auto 5: Expanded and Enhanced is due to release on November 11th, 2021.

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