Forward-looking: We've been reporting on Grand Theft Auto 6 rumors since 2016, and while Rockstar Games did confirm it was in development, we've just got the biggest hint yet as to when it will release: as early as next year.

The potential release date for what is already a hugely anticipated game was discovered in publisher Take-Two's latest yearly earnings report.

As spotted by IGN, Take-Two predicts it will earn a massive $8 billion in net bookings and over $1 billion in Adjusted Unrestricted Operating Cash Flow for its 2025 fiscal year, which runs from April 2024 to March 2025.

That's a tremendous amount of money, exceeding the $5.3 billion in net bookings Take-Two made during its 2023 financial year - which was primarily due to the earlier acquisition of Zynga - and the $3.5 billion from the year before.

The company said the jump in income comes from an "incredibly robust pipeline of projects" that the business has been preparing for the last several years.

"In Fiscal 2025, we expect to enter this new era by launching several groundbreaking titles that we believe will set new standards in our industry," the publisher wrote.

There's no specific mention of GTA 6, but there's no doubt that the game will be an enormous earner for Take-Two. GTA V has sold over 180 million copies since its release in 2013, making it the second best-selling game of all time behind Minecraft.

Another hint of GTA 6's arrival in the report is the mention of additional growth in operating performance in Fiscal 2026. It's almost certain that GTA 6 will have an online element like its predecessor, explaining the ongoing increase in revenue across FY2026.

Take-Two does have other confirmed games on the way, including a new Bioshock title and Ken Levine's Judas, but they're unlikely to pull in $8+ billion.

There have been plenty of rumored release dates for GTA 6. A few years ago, it was reported that the game would launch sometime in 2024.

In September last year, a massive GTA 6 leak that included dozens of test build videos and screenshots was posted online, the result of a network intrusion by a hacker. It led to Take-Two flooding the internet with copyright strikes, and the 17-year-old alleged to be behind the crime was arrested.