While Sony desperately prevented Microsoft from owning Activision Blizzard, one of the world’s largest publishers, Microsoft did the opposite, begging several of the world’s governing bodies to approve the sale. As part of its latest foray, Microsoft pointed to other well-known publishers and their respective games. However, by doing so, Microsoft could light the rumor fuse, as it effectively confirms that Grand Theft Auto 6 is coming in 2024.

Oddly enough, Microsoft cited speculative information in official documents sent to regulators.

According to Microsoft’s 111-page filing with the U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority, the tech giant casually mentioned “the highly anticipated release of Grand Theft Auto VI is expected in 2024.”

Just like that, the Internet went wild, and the hype hasn’t died down since.

It’s worth mentioning that 2024 and 2025 are two key dates that are often mentioned in rumors surrounding GTA 6. But before you start saving up for a copy of GTA 6 and the PC you want to enjoy to the fullest, you might want to take that with a grain of salt. It turns out that Microsoft, like us, cites TechRadar and Bloomberg reports in its official filing. This means that Microsoft doesn’t know any better than we do about GTA 6’s release date.

Of course, Microsoft is a giant in the tech industry. Microsoft may have the inside scoop on GTA 6’s release window. 2024 may be the earliest year we see GTA 6 released, but it could still come later if Rockstar Games feels it’s not complete.

What Microsoft actually did in its recent appeal to the UK CMA was tell the regulator that Call of Duty isn’t the only big game.

At the end of the day, the hype surrounding GTA 6 will never die down. Cybersleuths will dig up every bit of information they can find on the internet and make a fuss. It doesn’t help that someone leaked in-development gameplay footage for GTA 6 a few months ago, and it confirmed several earlier rumors. Not to mention, the leaked build is at a certain stage, and if Rockstar doesn’t release GTA 6 in two years, it could release it.

However, as far as GTA 6 is concerned, it’s Rockstar’s world, and we’re just living in it.

For now, we can pin our hopes on Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick, when he stated that the hack would not affect development and that GTA 6 would set a new creative benchmark for the entire entertainment industry.

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