GTA 6 trailer: leaked video forces Rockstar Games to launch it early
Rockstar's long-awaited Grand Theft Auto 6 trailer launched half a day sooner than anticipated due to a leak of the first-ever video
Update: There was an unexpected GTA 6 trailer leak hours before Rockstar Games was scheduled to premier its first video footage of the first Grand Theft Auto game in a decade, and the video game publisher was forced debut it early.
GTA Trailer 1 is live on the Rockstar Games YouTube channel and embedded below. This is the official trailer, as the low-quality leak didn’t do the forthcoming video game justice. Rockstar Games acted fast to move up its scheduled trailer debut.
The GTA 6 trailer is only 90 seconds long, but we got our first insight into the location, potential missions, vehicles and the characters that will be part of the new game. Get ready to dive back into Miami-inspired Vice City for the first time since GTA: Vice City.
But, just as we get acquainted with confirmed GTA 6 characters Lucia and her so-far-unnamed accomplice, the first trailer ends with a stunner: the GTA 6 release date won’t happen until some time in 2025. Yes, your first gameplay time with Grand Theft Auto 6 will be more than a year from now – probably a year-and-a-half knowing how much time Rockstar Games puts into this video game franchise.
The official GTA 6 press release from Rockstar Games did reveal a little more about the game: it’ll be coming to Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox consoles, which undoubtedly means the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. By the time GTA 6 launches, we may have the PS5 Pro and next-level Xbox.
There’s no word on a PC version of GTA 6 – oftentimes, Rockstar Games makes its big video game releases for the PC a few years after launching for consoles. There’s also no Nintendo Switch version to speak of. GTA 5 didn’t come to the console, and so far Nintendo hasn’t announced a successor.
Previous reporting on the GTA 6 trailer before it leaked:
Rockstar’s GTA 6 trailer airs tomorrow, giving fans their first look at the highly anticipated follow-up to Grand Theft Auto 5. Judging by the reaction on social media, the GTA 6 trailer could set a new record for views for a video game reveal as the announcement post gained 1.9m likes and 151m impressions on X alone.
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You won’t want to miss the Grand Theft Auto 6 reveal, especially if you want to be part of the zeitgeist on December 5. Here’s how to watch the GTA 6 trailer and what to expect.
How to watch the GTA 6 trailer
The GTA 6 trailer will be published on Rockstar Games’ YouTube channel on Tuesday, December 5. It should also be posted on Rockstar’s X (or Twitter) account and Facebook. Expect Rockstar’s newswire website to be updated after the trailer airs with additional information.
In terms of times, here’s when you’ll want to tune in. In the US, the GTA 6 trailer airs at 6am PST and 9am EST. In the UK and Europe, it’s 2pm GMT and 3pm CEST, while Japanese gamers will want to set their alarms for 11pm JST.
You can watch the GTA 6 trailer below:
What to expect from the GTA 6 trailer
We’re expecting to be introduced to Grand Theft Auto 6’s protagonists and a new setting. Leaks suggest that the game will include a playable female character for the first time and the game will be set in Vice City, a fictional version of Miami.
Rockstar’s first GTA 5 trailer, which you can watch below, gave a teasing overview of the game’s story and didn’t provide a deep dive into the game’s mechanics. It appears that the Grand Theft Auto 6 trailer is only 91 seconds long, so don’t expect a deep dive into everything about the game.
Of course, many will hope the GTA 6 trailer ends with a firm release date, but there’s no guarantee it will. Rockstar’s first trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 was bookended with a release date (which was later delayed), but GTA 5’s first trailer didn’t include one and was released almost two years later. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait that long for the GTA 6 release date.
It should be noted that Rockstar is calling the GTA 6 trailer on December 5 “Trailer 1”, suggesting it has a roadmap in place for multiple trailers to release ahead of the game’s upcoming launch. That isn’t too surprising, but hopefully, we’re not drip-fed glimpses of GTA 6 and we get a substantial look at arguably the most anticipated game of all time.