Rockstar might add a female playable character to Grand Theft Auto VI

Cal Jeffrey

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Why it matters: Besides an official greenlight from Rockstar, everything we have heard about the Grand Theft Auto VI has been leaks, speculation, and rumors. The latest is that the upcoming title stars a female protagonist for the first time in franchise history.

Bloomberg reports that anonymous sources familiar with Grand Theft Auto VI's development claim that the game will have a female playable character. The Latina protagonist is part of a "Bonnie-and-Clyde-like" duo, indicating that Rockstar is continuing the multiple character perspectives it introduced for the first time in GTA5.

The only additional information about the game the insiders revealed is that Rockstar will take a more PC approach to the narrative and avoid "punching down" at marginalized groups. However, making the game more politically correct may turn off some players.

Part of the franchise's charm is that it has no charm. It has consistently poked fun at just about everyone without bias. Nobody was safe from GTA's sometimes raunchy humor, from political fundamentalists on the right and left to geeky couch potatoes. The politically incorrect radio commercials are particularly hilarious.

Tip-toeing around issues because a small number of people who don't even play the game are unable to laugh at themselves is particularly uncharacteristic for Rockstar in general and Grand Theft Auto in particular. The shift to something more placating may backfire on the developer, but that's just one person's opinion.

Of course, the change's impetus can largely be attributed to the current backlash experienced in many game studios regarding a hostile "fratboy" environment. Bloomberg notes that even Rockstar has been accused of fostering a "boys' club" company culture — an image it is currently fighting to change. However, many employees are puzzled about the direction GTA6 has taken and can't even imagine how the reenvisioned game will look.

Bloomberg's insider leaks add another color to the speculative canvas that is the yet-unrevealed but work-in-progress game. Be sure to take this leak with an extra dose of salt since most rumors regarding GTA6, old and new, have been contradictory at times.

For example, in 2017, Rockstar's mo-cap stuntman and actor Tim Neff appeared to have posted a résumé on multiple websites indicating he would be working on Grand Theft Auto 6. He later denied the rumor blaming the postings on "trolls." However, as the YouTube channel Silentc0re points out above, this was likely poor damage control on Neff's part since he has leaked his work many times over the last several years.

There were also rumors that GTA6 would return to Vice City, but later leaks indicated it would span multiple cities. Subsequently, Tom Henderson combined that speculation to say that the game would have an "evolving world" incorporating a "modern Vice City," and Reddit users claimed it would have a plot "inspired by Netflix's Narcos."

So who knows what we'll be getting in the next Grand Theft Auto. All we know for sure is that GTA6 is definitely on Rockstar's development calendar and that the studio has ramped up work on the project by pausing the production of GTA5 and Red Dead Redemption remasters. And even that news was from anonymous sources, so take it for what it's worth.

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terzaerian

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Tip-toeing around issues because a small number of people who don't even play the game are unable to laugh at themselves is particularly uncharacteristic for Rockstar in general and Grand Theft Auto in particular.

Well, the silver lining is now I don't have to feel quite so bad about Volition destroying their own competing franchise for no good reason, now that both have done so

RIP to the genre
 

3volv3d

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With Trevor's carefree view on sex too!

Do we need to see her with cousin Cheryl and a couple of aubergines?
Can see you modding the bunker into a seedy dungeon.
And your biker club, well she will be the bike.

Gta5 single player story was pretty crap. So if gta6 is crap a female character won't save it.
 

Linoleum77

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When you can choose a gender, the most memorable character is usually the female version. They're either much more badass (V in Cyberpunk, Kassandra & Evie in AC), have much better voice actor (the girl in Sunset Overdrive was hilarious) and have less chance of being a douchebag. So, not against and we get less chance of being stuck and a character you don't click with.
 

Plutoisaplanet

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Cal Jeffrey said:
Part of the franchise's charm is that it has no charm. It has consistently poked fun at just about everyone without bias. Nobody was safe from GTA's sometimes raunchy humor, from political fundamentalists on the right and left to geeky couch potatoes. The politically incorrect radio commercials are particularly hilarious.
Absolutely! When I was younger, my first introduction to unapologetically risqué comedy was VCPR: Pressing Issues with Maurice Chavez. The guests are absolutely terrible and hilarious, going from starting fights with one another to making unexpected allies.
 

dangh

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In saints rows there were no issues playing a woman character. But I'm afraid of gta6 becoming nice and politically correct. I couldn't care less about character genders, but if gta stops being down to the ground dirty then I see no reason to play it - the story was always crap but humour and satire was very good.
 

terzaerian

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GET WOKE GO BROKE.
I don't foresee this immediately. GTA6 will probably be a "The Force Awakens" kind of situation - it isn't a record-breaking hit like 5 was, but it will be successful enough from sheer inertia that upper management will double down on tack and ignore the detractors as "haters", basking in supportive puff pieces from Kotaku and the like. The knock-on effects will be on Rockstar's other properties, which will start to tank on release.

It's all become so sadly predictable.
 

Cal Jeffrey

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Absolutely! When I was younger, my first introduction to unapologetically risqué comedy was VCPR: Pressing Issues with Maurice Chavez. The guests are absolutely terrible and hilarious, going from starting fights with one another to making unexpected allies.
Yes! The commercials and the talk radio channels are always better than the music, which is saying a lot because GTA soundtracks have always been good.
 

MakeMSGreatAgain

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It's a game where your primary goals are to murder and steal.... yet they think they need to be a little more PC? That makes no sense. You don't like it? Don't play it. Write the writers a nastygram. Don't let your children play it. Really, you can't fix stupid so stop trying. Racist pieces of crap people will still be racist pieces of crap regardless. Punish them, not the rest of us with a sensor of humor.
 

Ohnooze

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So killing cops and being a criminal is cool but not being able to play as a female is rude?

Better make her fat as hell too or "The View" will be upset.
 

eforce

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It's a game where your primary goals are to murder and steal.... yet they think they need to be a little more PC? That makes no sense. You don't like it? Don't play it. Write the writers a nastygram. Don't let your children play it. Really, you can't fix stupid so stop trying. Racist pieces of crap people will still be racist pieces of crap regardless. Punish them, not the rest of us with a sensor of humor.
Burn Loot Murder is very PC.