Just How Accurate Were All Those GTA V Rumours And Leaks?

Just How Accurate Were All Those GTA V Rumours And Leaks?

Grand Theft Auto V turned six years old this past week and to celebrate it I wanted to take a look back at some of the rumours that existed about the game before it was released. How accurate were they and what, if anything, did they correctly predict?

Six years is a long time and fans have become increasingly anxious and excited about a follow up to GTA V. And as fans get more desperate for information and leaks, rumours about GTA 6 become more and more common. But should fans trust any of these rumours? How accurate were rumours about GTA V before the game was released?


GTA V Will Star A Police Officer (Or Maybe Not)

This is a rumour that popped up in various places before GTA V was officially announced. The exact details varied depending on the site or forum post, but the basic idea was that players would control a rookie cop in Los Santos or L.A. They would encounter characters from GTA San Andreas and players would be able to arrest criminals, respond to police calls and decide to be dirty or good cops.

Of course, all of this was complete hogwash and most GTA forum-goers and fans seemed to realise this rumour was complete garbage. However, I did occasionally see reference of this rumour in the lead up to GTA V’s official reveal, so for some, it seemed believable enough to share with others.

One odd thing about this rumour is that a few places that posted this rumour did predict that GTA V would use a weapon wheel like Red Dead Redemption. But this is honestly just a smart guess based on Rockstar’s history of taking elements from past games and bringing them into future games.

But it wasn’t just a cop that was rumoured to be the star of GTA V. Another popular rumour claimed the star of the game was actually Albert De Silva, a man from Vice City who has settled down to have kids in Los Santos. This sounds accurate to the story of GTA V, but remember that this rumour popped up after the first trailer.

In that trailer, the main character explains they wanted to start a family, settle down, etc. It’s not hard to predict the story when a trailer lays out the setup. And the other details are wrong because those aren’t revealed in the trailer, so whoever created this rumour had to fill in the gaps and guessed.


“Leaked” Maps

Rockstar open-world games are known for their large and highly detailed maps. So it makes sense that people would be excited to learn about GTA V’s map long before the game was released. Because of this, many, many, MANY, fake maps were posted online claiming to be leaked images of the real GTA V map.

Some of these maps seemed REALLY plausible and were covered by various sites, including Kotaku.

But none of these ended up being the real map. Some were close, most were just fantasies featuring multiple cities and islands.

Now, occasionally real maps will leak out ahead of a Rockstar release. For example, GTA V’s map leaked a few days before release after some fans got their hands on early copies of the GTA V strategy guide. And the map for Red Dead Redemption 2 leaked well before the game’s release, back in 2016.


So these things do happen, but it’s rare. More often than not leaked maps are just Photoshop creations made by trolls and bored fans.

Too Good To Be True Rumours

A lot of the rumours and “leaks” that popped up before GTA V’s official reveal and subsequent release are filled with ideas that sound amazing and also, probably, impossible to actually implement. For example, a few popular rumours that floated around claimed the game would have seasons, with extreme weather like snow and floods. None of this was true.

Other rumours suggested multiple cities or that Los Santos would be bigger than GTA IV’s entire map and the outside countryside would be gigantic and filled with small towns.


Another popular rumour claimed there was going to be a demo at E3 2013. This should immediately set off red flags to anyone reading it. Rockstar is known for rarely appearing at E3 in any capacity. Sometimes their games will appear on a stage show, but they never have a big booth or stations where people can play their games. That just ain’t how Rockstar does things. Any rumour claiming E3 demos or big E3 gameplay reveals is most likely made-up nonsense.

While Rockstar is filled with talented studios and developers, some of these rumours claimed things that sound impossible to pull off on current generation consoles, let alone Xbox 360 or PS3. Like dynamic traffic reports on the radio or having nearly every building be enterable.

Accurate Pre-Release Information

While many different sites and forums were filled with various rumours, many of which turned out to be wrong, some reports ahead of the game nailed it. Kotaku got information from a source in 2011 that GTA V was going to be set in Los Santos, and that it also would star multiple playable characters. Both of these things proved to be correct.

The big difference between this information and some of the other rumours mentioned in this post is clear. Nothing in here sounds too outlandish, it all seems like a natural evolution of previous GTA games.

Not only that but Stephen Totilo is a great reporter and can be trusted. He and others at Kotaku have a long and proven history of getting information about games before they are announced. This information isn’t just made up or grabbed from a random forum post.

Grand Theft Auto 6 Rumours

Looking back at GTA V rumours, it turns out that most of them were entirely wrong. Which isn’t surprising. Random rumours spread on forums and Twitter are hard to prove and easy to make up. And as hype for the next GTA continues to build, be careful about trusting rumours that might show up online.

Remember these tips when reading a new rumour:

  • Does this sound like a real list of features or a fan just listing off their dream GTA features?

  • Rockstar keeps the older GTA games separate from the modern games. So any rumour claiming “CJ is back” should be ignored.

  • Does the map or HUD on a leaked screenshot look a lot like GTA V or another open-world game? If so, it’s probably fake.

  • Rockstar ain’t showing gameplay at E3, so don’t believe rumours that claim otherwise.

I get people being excited for GTA 6 but don’t let that excitement cloud your judgment. Take every rumour with a grain of salt and always assume random people on the internet are just trolling. Because often they are.


    • It’s mad to think they wouldn’t be neck deep in creating GTA6 right now. If you’ve played GTA:O at all lately, it’s an absolute mess. It’s nothing like what it used to be. If they introduce a new map, announce it’s ‘going back to what GTAO should be’ etc. People will absolutely flock to it.

      • GTA V made literal billions on box sales alone. Before GTA:O was anywhere even close to release.

        You’d have to assume this would make GTA VI a no-brainer… but without any stats on who much moolah they’re raking in on GTA:O, who can say whether killing it off (make no mistake, that’s what we’re talking about, here) would be worth the massive dev effort/cost of GTA VI for its one-time return gamble? It might be that they’re just low-effort pre-producing the thing for the time-being until they see GTA:O start to dry up.

        • They’ve made 6 billion on GTA V. The stats do exist to some capacity with GTA:O. End of 2017, they had made 1.06b on Shark Cards alone. It’s a massive money spinner for them, but one with a declining userbase unfortunately. It’ll have a long life, they’ll keep servers up and running, you can bet on that, much like Everquest 1 stayed up when Everquest 2 hit the stores. But don’t ever bet on them not releasing a GTA6. What we’ll likely see however, is Bully 2 get released first, then GTA 6, so safely, we’re at least 2 maybe 3 years out before GTA 6, making the transition between 5 and 6 the longest between any GTA game (nearly 10 years) all thanks to GTA:O and its microtransaction whaling.

        • Incidentally, RDR:O is only just starting to shape up to being a decent online game… lets hope it continues and doesn’t go ‘wacky’ like GTAO has.

  • Rockstar keeps the older GTA games separate from the modern games. So any rumour claiming “CJ is back” should be ignored.

    Rockstar did indeed say they’re ‘two continuities’, however we do have a few minor characters who span both series. Lazlow for instance, has crossed all games, going from voices in the previous games to full blown character in V.

    Donald Love was a big character in the previous games, yet gets a mention as a TV personality and appears in the news paper in part 4 as well.

    You get to kick the crap out of Willy from LOVE FIST as Trevor in GTA V, of course, this is the band who were a huge deal in GTA VC and even popped up in San Andreas.

    *Technically* you can see CJ, Sweet and Ryder in GTA V riding down the road near Grove Street (or characters who look almost exactly like them). This is meant to be a tribute though. Rockstar said there will never truly be a crossover between the 2D, 3D and HD universes (though that DID realistically happen because you use Claude Speede in GTA 2 (where he’s officially named that…) and then in 3, then he appears in GTA SA… balls in your court R* :P)

    Anyhow, that’s just some nice little trivia for those interested in crossovers of characters between the games 🙂 There’s way more than that I’m sure and most of it *really* just comes down to easter eggs. What have you found?

    Fernando Martinez also had his own radio show in GTA V and has appeared in every game *except* part 4 apparently.

  • The only thing I wanted to see was the city skyscrapers that were being constructed to actually get built. Or to see new construction and demolition projects pop up here and there.
    And for online to not turn into the absolute hot trash that it is.
    Actually, I’d reinstall the old girl in an instant if they released some new Single player missions or any DLC really.

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