GTA 6 In Early Development, Rockstar Overhauls Management To Fix ‘Crunch Culture’


GTA 6 is all but confirmed now. According to a report from Kotaku, Rockstar is now developing the next game in the GTA franchise. This information was revealed by one of the employees from Rockstar. Currently, the game is in early development and not in a playable state. It could still be a couple of years before we see any actual footage of the game.

The report did reveal that the game will be smaller in size as compared to GTA 5 or Red Dead Redemption 2. The new game will get post-launch updates and expansions that will increase the total amount of content. Let’s be honest, a smaller sized game from Rockstar will still put other AAA companies to shame. And after post-launch support, the game could be even bigger than previous entries in the franchise. No other information was revealed, like who the protagonist will be or where the game will be set.

Kotaku's report also revealed information about the work culture at Rockstar. The developer was previously criticized for having extensive crunch periods and poor management. One of the employees defined the crunches as a ‘death march’ which could last for months. Recently, Rockstar management went through an overhaul where several top executives were let go. Better management and pipelines were adopted to make future planning smoother. One employee said that Rockstar is now “running the company like a company.”

“We have taken conscious steps to improve our approach to developing games in order to reduce the need for overtime,” Jennifer Kolbe, one of the top executive of Rockstar said in an email “We realise we still have plenty to do in this area and will continue to take steps so we can more accurately predict and schedule games and DLC in a way that is more sustainable but still allows us the creative flexibility to iterate on the incredibly ambitious and complex games we make.”

The change has been welcomed by the Rockstar’s employees, but some are skeptical and are waiting for game development to crank up to full gear. “We’ll see in a year or two if I’m pulling my hair out, but it does seem like we’re moving in the right direction for being a company the size we are.” said a game developer.

So what do you think? Are you excited about the upcoming GTA 6? Are you okay with a smaller sized game? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Join the Discussion
Top Stories