Massive GTA VI Map Teased as Publisher Take-Two Cancels $140 Million in New Projects, Lays Off Hundreds

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Image: GTA VI – Vice City & Leonida State Mapping Project

Grand Theft Auto VI, the next mainline installment of Rockstar Games’ best-selling action-adventure franchise, will feature a map that is at least twice as big as the one featured in GTA V, its 2013 predecessor, according to updates from the GTA VI – Vice City & Leonida State Mapping Project, a project that is attempting to recreate the sixth game’s map based on much of the information that has been uncovered for the anticipated title thus far ahead of its release on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles in 2025. The update comes on the heels of a new SEC filing that can confirm GTA publisher Take-Two is not only canceling $140 million in new projects, but also laying off hundreds of workers.

A look at how the maps might compare:

Image: GTA VI – Vice City & Leonida State Mapping Project

Take-Two mentioned in its SEC filing:

  • “…the Company is rationalizing its pipeline and eliminating several projects in development and streamlining its organizational structure, which will eliminate headcount and reduce future hiring needs.”
  • “The total charge consists of approximately $120 million to $140 million related to title cancellations, approximately $25 million to $35 million associated with employee severance and employee-related costs, and approximately $15 million to $25 million related to office space reductions.”
  • “The Plan is expected to be largely complete by December 31, 2024 and will reduce the Company’s workforce by approximately 5%.”

Take-Two on why GTA VI is expected to be a big seller:

With each successive blockbuster entry in the series including Grand Theft: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto has become one of the biggest selling, most critically acclaimed and influential properties in all of modern entertainment. The most recent iteration in the series, Grand Theft Auto V, has sold over 190 million units to date. Rockstar Games’ blockbuster western series, Red Dead Redemption has sold over 81 million units worldwide to date, with its most recent release, Red Dead Redemption 2, breaking new ground in fidelity and immersion.


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