After a long wait of 3,156 days since Grand Theft Auto 5 first appeared on PC, the Grand Theft Auto 6 trailer is finally here a day early, following a leak. Drink it in above.
The Grand Theft Auto 6 trailer is very much in keeping with the GTA 5 trailer from way back when: It’s a tone-setter, heavy on vibes and short on any actual details about the game. Portions of the video emulate Instagram and TikTok-style social media posts, and rumors that the game will be set in a GTA facsimile for Florida seem accurate: An airboat is briefly visible in the early stage of the trailer, and those flamingos and night-time shots of the city look like direct lifts from Miami Vice. (Which I admit makes up pretty much the entirety of my knowledge of Florida.)
A less-obvious tell is the song used in the trailer: Love is a Long Road is a track from the 1989 album Full Moon Fever, the first solo release from Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty—and as brought to my attention by PC Gamer global editor-in-chief and apparent heartland rock aficionado Evan Lahti, Petty is from Florida.
The trailer also brings with it a release target: Grand Theft Auto 6 will be out in 2025. What we don’t have, unfortunately, is any indication as to whether the PC version will come alongside the console releases, or if we’ll have to wait. That’s been Rockstar’s style over most of its history: GTA 3, Vice City, San Andreas, GTA 4 and 5, LA Noire, Red Dead Redemption 2, and other Rockstar games all appeared on consoles first before eventually making their way to PC several months (or more) later.
But Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick recently hinted at the increased importance of the PC platform during the company’s most recent earnings call, speaking effusively about the GTA modding scene and saying, “We want to be where the consumer is.” Hopefully that means we’ll get equal priority this time around.