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The truth about GTA 6 and GTA Online 2 – Reader’s Feature



GTA Online – how will they create a follow-up? (pic: Rockstar Games)

A reader examines all the rumours surrounding GTA 6 and tries to predict the release date and whether it’ll be next gen only or not.

Just recently we’ve seen the first glimmers of hope that Grand Theft Auto 6 might be edging towards an official announcement. Everyone knows Rockstar must be working on it, and that’s just what Kotaku reported a few weeks ago. And now Rockstar owner Take-Two has said it has 93 new games in development over the next five years, while point blank refusing to say if one of them is GTA 6. Which you wouldn’t have thought would be a problem if the answer was simply ‘no’.

But even assuming the most optimistic rumours are true – that the game is half done and the story already complete – that means it’s probably at least one or two years out and therefore almost certainly next gen-only. Which will mean we will have gone a whole generation without a new Grand Theft Auto. Despite there having been three in the PlayStation 2 era (plus one handheld game) and two (plus three handheld games and two major DLC expansions) in the PlayStation 3 era.

There are two main reasons for this: games in general now take longer to make and the huge success of GTA 5 means it’s still in the charts and releasing a sequel could, ironically, end up making Rockstar less money in the short term. Especially as GTA Online is such a cash cow and releasing a new game will, at best, mean starting from scratch and, at worst, a game that ends up being not as popular.

The problem with asking when GTA 6 is coming out is that it’s not just one game but two. The lack of story DLC for GTA 5 makes it clear that Rockstar don’t see the single-player side as being as profitable or important as GTA Online and that puts into question whether there’d even be a traditional GTA 6. But let’s be optimistic and say that there will be something called GTA 6 that’s single-player (or co-op) in the traditional sense. It’ll sell like gangbusters whatever it is, but what about GTA Online?

You could make a GTA Online 2 but that means tempting everyone over from the original game and there’s no guarantee you’d get them all. Whatever world map they make for GTA 6 would presumably be reused for the online version, but the far safer option seems to be to add it to the existing GTA Online rather than making it a separate game. Except that limits you in terms of the technology, because you’d still only have current gen people, who only own GTA 5, playing.

The whole thing is a logistical nightmare and the more you think about it the more you realise why there hasn’t been an announcement yet.

But here’s my prediction. GTA 6 will be released as a next gen exclusive within the next two to three years. GTA Online 2 (they may still just call it GTA Online) will be released a few months later and will incorporate all the content from what we have now and all-new features from GTA 6. Existing accounts will still work, so you can bring your progress with you, and then everything will carry on for another generation or two.

To me that makes the most sense. It is a risk but I think it’s fair to say that Rockstar have a high enough opinion of their abilities that they think they’ll be able to make it work and that ending the existing GTA Online is what’s necessary to make the new one thrive.

After all, at some point there’s got to be a new game. We can’t still be playing GTA 5 on the PlayStation 7. Although I’m willing to bet we will still be playing GTA Online.

By reader Clambake

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Young Sherlock Holmes to star in new PS5 and Xbox Series X game



A new Sherlock Holmes game has been announced will see you play as slightly younger version of the character.

The next Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes film isn’t due until next year, but fans of the detective can now also look forward to a brand-new game.

Titled Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One, the game is being developed by Frogwares, which has been making video games based on the character since 2002, with its last one being 2016’s Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter.

This new title, which will release on both modern and next-gen systems, will star a much younger Holmes, and shows how he becomes the legendary detective we all know him as.

Details are relatively scarce, but the game’s PC listing reveals a number of key features.

The game will be set on an island in the Mediterranean rather than the usual city of London, which you can explore to uncover clues in order to solve the myriad of mysteries Holmes will no doubt be faced with.

The listing seems to suggest that there might be some elements of choice that can change the outcome of scenarios, as it reads ‘It’s up to you to decide whether uncovering the truth will do more harm than good—and how that will shape the man you’ll become.’

It also teases combat, saying that you’ll be able to use the environment itself to defeat enemies and you can ‘Spot enemy vulnerabilities with your brilliant observation skills.’

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Perhaps most interesting of all is the inclusion of a character named Jon. It’s explicitly stated that he’s not the John Watson usually associated with Holmes, and he’s described as Holmes’ ‘best and only friend.’

Given that he seems to suddenly disappear and reappear throughout the announcement trailer, we suspect that he might not be real at all and only exists in Holmes’ head.

Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One will launch in 2021 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Fortnite vs GTA 5: Who is the winner of 2020



Fortnite vs GTA 5: How GTA 5 defeating Fortnite

I have composed untold articles about the ascent of Fortnite as the center point of the Metaverse, the extraordinary, post-web online space that is generally observed as vivid VR in fiction like Snow Crash or Ready Player One, yet by and by, will probably be worked without VR from the outset.

Fortnite is tossing shows, appearing film trailers and doing interminable cross advancement with hero and activity films, making a conceivable adaptation of at any rate the structure squares of the Metaverse, to avoid anything related to Epic’s huge fortune and the Unreal Engine to grow things further. They are without question the fundamental spotlight at whatever point anybody centers around the possibility that the Metaverse is thumping at our entryway, but I think we regularly miss talking about a potential opponent, and to me, what appears to be a missing portion of an entirety.

‘GTA 5’ Is Ahead Of ‘Fortnite’ In A Number Of Ways

GTA 5 is the top of the line computer game in history

GTA 5 is the top of the line computer game in history on the off chance that you ignore lower valued hits like Tetris and Minecraft (the last you could think about another Metaverse contender, as it were), and the explanation being is the constant accomplishment of GTA Online, its virtual, shared world that players have been hustling near and shooting each other in throughout recent years.

GTA Online has something that Fortnite is feeling the loss

GTA Online isn’t doing any of Fortnite’s most in fact noteworthy things. Nobody is playing shows in GTA Online, nobody is appearing their film cuts there. Some portion of that could be that no, it’s not actually the most family agreeable setting, however, in fact, it’s simply unrealistic. Fortnite is on another level with these sorts of occasions that basically no other game can coordinate.

But then, GTA Online has something that Fortnite is feeling the loss of that I would consider a key part of the coming Metaverse: Investment.

What I mean is the way toward putting resources into you, your symbol, in the Metaverse over a significant stretch of time. Fortnite has the live occasions and marking bargains that have Batman and Deadpool strolling far and wide, however there is no obvious “speculation” in you, your character. Predominantly in light of the fact that you are not a character with anything taking after details or a stock or force level. You are basically an assortment of skins and pickaxes and lightweight flyers you have bought or earned, which are all absolutely restorative.

Fortnite can’t actually have some fight royale players

GTA Online is a whole lot extraordinary. On the off chance that you have been playing the game for quite a long time, you have likely incorporated yourself up with a genuine powerhouse wrongdoing master, governing over your city server with an iron clench hand and a tremendous heap of gathered riches. In the event that you have contributed time, years even, into GTA Online, you likely have a gigantic assortment of properties, organizations and houses, a stable of vehicles, cruisers, vessels, planes, even tanks. An immense stockpile of weapons available to you and billions in the bank. What’s more, indeed, you likely have a full wardrobe of beauty care products so you can look as cool as you need while dashing, battling or doing whatever it is you need to do in that virtual world.

There is a feeling of achievement here dependent on this speculation that Fortnite doesn’t have. In all actuality, these are two unique sorts of games, and Fortnite can’t actually have some fight royale players beginning with colossal weapons stores and concentrated vehicles, in case it unbalance that mode. But then you can perceive how these are two parts of one entirety. Fortnite has these insane live occasions that mix the genuine and virtual world, and the marking bargains that bring a tremendous assortment of unique IPs under one rooftop.

GTA Online has a feeling of lastingness

But then GTA Online has a feeling of lastingness, that you have put resources into your symbol to where following quite a while of play you have something beyond a lot of skins, you have genuine force in that world. This is additionally valid for different games from World of Warcraft to The Sims, however GTA Online is presumably the best-introduced bundle, and absolutely, nowadays, the most mainstream. It’s arrived at where to try and make up for lost time to current “legends” in Online, players must be talented their own starter set of properties and vehicles to make sure they don’t feel like an over the top clean contrasted with the individuals who have been playing for a considerable length of time.

What would be the best next step? I don’t have the foggiest idea, precisely, however GTA 6 is still years away, and you know when it arrives, GTA Online 2, or whatever it’s called, will be an enormous piece of it, and on the off chance that I needed to figure, will be considerably more Metaverse-y than any other time in recent memory. Fortnite, in the interim, will keep on developing in its own specific manners, and I think its subsequent stage is to make some degree of symbol speculation past exactly what players can spend making a skin assortment. Possibly it looks increasingly like The Sims with a house and furniture than GTA Online with assault helicopters and RPGs, yet perhaps not. For both these arrangement, the conceivable outcomes are huge.

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Games Inbox: Are you tired of waiting for The Elder Scrolls 6?



Elder Scrolls 6 – a boat has been missed (pic: Bethesda)

The Monday Inbox doesn’t believe rumours about a Legacy Of Kain remake, as one reader congratulates Pac-Man on his 40th anniversary.

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Not next in line
I found the Grand Theft Auto 6 Reader’s Feature at the weekend interesting and mostly logical in its deductions but the line that got me was when they said that we’d go a whole generation without a new GTA. This is true but we’ll also go a whole generation without a new Elder Scrolls, even though we had two last gen!

I find it completely bizarre that Bethesda could let things go that long without a follow-up to Skyrim, especially as they’ve given no indication there’s been a delay or anything. The only think they’ve made instead is Fallout 4, which was okay but pretty similar to the last game. So what’s going on?

My assumption is that it’s to do with the graphics, which they’ve always been behind on, and they’re having trouble keeping up with the new standards (especially, as we all know the faces). But I thought Bethesda were a pretty big company, can they not afford to do better? For a whole generation wasn’t there a small time working on a new game engine or something? Or couldn’t they, you know, just use Unreal Engine?

And it’s not even that it’s they’re next game. Starfield is first and we know zero about that, so even at the most optimistic that’ll be announced this year and out in… a year or two? Then more Elder Scrolls a year or two after that? Crazy how they’ve left it this long and it’s only going to cost them because I find my Skyrim itch is being scratched by plenty of other games nowadays and I think the series is losing its reputation.

Personally I’d scrap Starfield and move the Elder Scrolls release date up, we can’t wait this long.

Untrusted partners
So this whole Gran Turismo 7 thing seems like a bit of a disaster, eh? Seems pretty obvious that Sony must’ve sent some early info and a logo round to ‘trusted’ partners and some didn’t understand the concept of keeping a secret. How an official PlayStation division can make the mistake I don’t know. Especially as that question doesn’t even make sense. Not only is Just Dance 2020 a terrible game to play on the sofa but what kind of co-op is Gran Turismo 7 supposed to have? Or is that more leaked info!

I am curious to see how the game will turn out though as Forza Horizon has kind of took over as everyone’s favourite serious-ish racer, except it’s not that serious and I’m think that Gran Turismo 7 is going to end up looking a bit boring and fuddy-duddy by comparison. Also, as I understand it’s never been that big in the US.

Sony must be aware of this but the developer is famously stubborn about changing things/hurrying up so it’s going to be interesting to see how the game ends up being pitched. If the graphics are good then it could be a good launch game for the PlayStation 5, but I hope it’s not the only one because it clearly doesn’t have universal appeal.

Seeing is not believing
Saying things like ‘100 times the processing power’ for PlayStation 5 sounds like such an obvious exaggeration I don’t know who can believe it. This is exactly the same sort of talk we see every generation and then it turns out the launch games are almost indistinguishable, if not worse, than the best games from the current gen.

I mean, the Unreal Engine 5 demo looked good, but it didn’t look THAT good! After all, someone was able to copy a section in Dreams just a couple of hours later.

I know some people get into the hype and everything, and I’m sure some of these tech specs make sense to someone but even then they’re all being manipulated – the good parts exaggerated and the bad parts kept quiet.

Even showing us the games doesn’t mean anything as that can easily be faked too, like the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla ‘gameplay’ reveal. When I’ve got the games in my hands is when I believe anything and that seems a long way off still.

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Unbelievable rumour
So, there are some rumours going around currently, the source being a 4chan post, that Bluepoint will be revealing a remake of the Legacy Of Kain games during the Summer Games Fest, and I don’t know how to feel.

The post is on 4chan (red flag number one), has a few glaring spelling errors (red flag number two), and from the way it’s written is almost implying that Legacy Of Kain is a single game rather than five (red flag number three). Despite this… it’s a bit of a niche series to use to troll people, isn’t it?

I’m trying to take it with a bucket of salt, but I still feel vague murmurings of the bitterest illusion: hope.

With the additional costumes for Lego Super Mario, I still wonder what other toy collaborations other readers might want. As a straight man in my 30s I have only a slight sense of shame when I say I would probably buy Bayonetta Barbie.
Joseph Dowland

GC: Yeah, that doesn’t sound very believable as a source. Although we could kind of imagine a remake of Soul Reaver being a possibility. It’s certainly no less niche than best guess Demon’s Souls. And if it helps, we also would buy a Bayonetta Barbie. In fact we’re now curious to know exactly how beehives work. Is it mostly braiding or hairspray or both?

Never the last
So if The Last Of Us Part 2 is a massive hit despite everyone saying that the story is bad and they’ve cancelled their pre-orders is that the point at which we completely give up listening to complainers on the Internet?

I know it won’t be, but it seems every other day ‘fans’ get their selves in a knot about something and then the game comes out and it turned out two people cared, and they ended up buying it anyway. I know I’m still getting it.

Bottom of the barrel
Not too surprised that The Wonderful 101: Remastered hasn’t revealed that well. I never particularly liked it on Wii U and was very surprised to see it get such an enthusiastic response on Kickstarter, although now I wonder how much of that can be put down to just general love for Platinum.

The problem is we’re now getting to the dregs of the Wii U’s line-up and I think there’s a point at which Nintendo has got to say enough is enough. Which they’re probably not going to do because they haven’t got anything else out at the moment.

But I would advise against Pikmin 3 as well. It was a really disappointing sequel and while I suppose it’s fine I you haven’t played any of the games before I think they’d be much better of making a new game/reboot. Even by the second one it seemed like they were just treading water and if the fourth one’s big gimmick is that there’s now four player characters I think we’ll know they’ve run out of ideas.

This is a peculiar year for everyone but at the moment Nintendo need to prove that their empty schedules are just because of coronavirus and not, as I suspect, because they’ve dropped the ball with their teams as well. If all we’ve got for Switch this year is remasters I’m not going to be impressed.

Constant improvement
I’m excited for the next gen but I’m one gen behind the current gen. The GC review of Mafia 2, when you guys said, it seemed it was showing it’s 10 years old. Come on, are games really that better now than 10 years ago?

I’m still playing Split/Second. Shout out to Gill Came for corrupting my nervous disposition with Dark Souls.
D Dubya

GC: We mean… yes? The good ones are anyway. And it’s not like there is a current gen equivalent to Split/Second to compare to, more’s the pity.

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Necessary hardship
I’m in a similar situation to Bigmac Kenna in terms of not being that interested in the next gen at the moment, but for different reasons.

Buying new consoles to me is just something that I have to do every few years if I want to continue my favourite hobby, something to be gotten out of the way to get to what I actually want to do: play games. Maybe it’s because I have a huge backlog, so I’m not desperate for anything new to play, or because I’ve seen enough console launches now to know that launch games are rarely that great. I know I’ll get one of the new consoles a few years after they come out, and by that time any hardware problems will have been sorted out and there will be enough games for me to be able to decide which I’ll actually want to get.

All the arguing about tech specs just leaves me cold, to be honest. Any differences between the two are likely to be minor, and the most powerful console rarely wins its generation anyway, which means multiformat games are limited to a degree by the capabilities of the most popular console. 60fps is worth aiming for because it genuinely makes games feel different, but resolution and graphics are just window dressing. A game with an interesting, distinct art style is going to have a longer-lasting impact than something aiming for photorealism anyway.

Based on the recent letters I’m clearly in the minority with these opinions, and it’s fun watching everyone getting excited and passionate about a new console launch, but for me the most interesting time comes two to three years later, once developers have really started to get to grips with how to work on the new hardware.
Sparky the Yak

Inbox also-rans
Crazy to think that something like Pac-Man is older than I am. It was one of the first big arcade games I guess but it makes you realise that video games aren’t the young industry you often think.

Is it just me or does 30 to 50 hours to beat Ghost Of Tsushima sound kind of on the short side? It’s not bad, but it’s not something I’d brag about either.

This week’s Hot Topic
The question for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Podge, who asks what classic game or franchise have you never played?

With so many formats over the years nobody gets to play every well-received video game that’s released but what’s the most famous one that you’ve somehow avoided? Was it because you didn’t have the right console or PC, because it didn’t appeal at the time, or simply because you didn’t have the money?

Was there any notable game you went for a long time without playing and recently got a chance to try out? What did you think of it in the end and do you have plans to catch up on the other titles you’ve missed?

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New Inbox updates appear every weekday morning, with special Hot Topic Inboxes at the weekend. Readers’ letters are used on merit and may be edited for length.

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