A new report claims that Rockstar has started developing Grand Theft Auto 6. Preliminary work on the new title has reportedly started but the report doesn’t mention where the new game is going to be based. Rockstar may only be laying the foundations of its next Grand Theft Auto game as it has been more than two years since GTA 5 was released, so even if work has begun, it might take a while for GTA 6 to arrive.
The report also mentions that Rockstar seriously considered making Grand Theft Auto: Tokyo at one point and even went ahead with a reference trip for the game.
Rockstar is said to have visited the Japanese capital a few years ago to assess its potential for a full-fledged Grand Theft Auto game. A source close to the company cited in the report says that Rockstar ultimately decided to pull the plug on the GTA: Tokyo plans.
Apparently Rockstar was serious about making a version of its popular franchise based in Tokyo. Its parent company Take-Two Interactive even filed trademarks for GTA: Tokyo and GTA: Bogota but both of them have not seen the light of day yet.
One big reason why Rockstar might face difficulty in moving the game outside is the United States is that the franchise has firmly embedded itself in the U.S. Series staples like cars, brands and more would have to be changed if the game was moved outside the country and that would be a massive undertaking, one that might not make commercial sense for Rockstar.