Rockstar has confirmed that recent in-game GTA V messages claiming that GTA VI will be released in 2019 are as fake as you think they are.
This fine piece of hoax drama started when GTA V players started receiving in-game messages that claimed GTA VI will be released as early as 2019. Normally, such messages wouldn’t attract more than a roll of the eyes from anyone who sees them. However, these particular messages were supposedly sent by official Rockstar accounts and featured strange font and text formatting that players can’t just easily access through available in-game tools.
So while most fans were pretty sure that there’s no way Rockstar would ever announce the impending release of GTA VI in such an unofficial and low-budget way, the messages were just convincing enough to attract an official response from Rockstar Support’s Twitter account.
“This is a hoax made with the use of mods, and not an official message or statement from Rockstar Games,” said the studio in response to a question from a fan on Twitter. We’re sure that they never thought they’d have to dignify such a hoax with an official statement, but there you have it.
So how did the people sending out these messages manage to construct semi-convincing in-game announcements? Well, “mods” are the quick answer to that question – the messages didn’t appear on any platform that didn’t support mods – but this goes beyond someone downloading a few files and sending out some text messages via the game’s online chat system.
Instead, it appears that the modders did manage to gain control of Rockstar’s official announcement system via in-game tools and were able to use it to send those oddly official-looking messages regarding GTA VI‘s release date. Some people were even receiving the messages via the game’s single-player mode.
To summarize, GTA VI is not being released in 2019 and likely won’t be released for quite some time.