GTA Online Cayo Perico easter egg sparks Vice City rumors
A new easter egg has been discovered in GTA Online after the Cayo Perico update, which has led to an increasing number of rumors that the long-awaited Grand Theft Auto 6 will be set in Vice City.
The Cayo Perico heist update has brought a plethora of new content such as weapons, vehicles, missions and even a hip new nightclub. If you explore Grand Theft Auto V’s first-ever map expansion then you’ll also find a few hidden secrets.
Players received a free jacket for participating in the 100 Billion Heist Challenge in November. This jacket features an easter egg which might be a hint that GTA 6 will take us back to Vice City.
GTA 6 might be set in Vice City
It’s been a long-running rumor that the next installment in Rockstar’s biggest franchise would be set in Vice City. Reddit user Fabry06 took a close look at the “Panther Varsity” jacket and found a reference that fuels this speculation.
The jacket’s front features a purple diamond and the number four. Looking at the back shows a picture of a panther and the “fake Latin” phrase “Hostes Ad Pulverem Ferire” which translates to “Pulverize the enemy.”
If you’ve played GTA Vice City and Vice City Stories, then you might recognize this text, as it could also be found engraved in the exterior of a building that resembles a courthouse in downtown Vice City. It was also found in San Andreas where it was used as a slogan for the Starballs Demolition.
“It might probably be just a reference to El Rubio panther and its enemies or something but at the end it still is a reference to Vice City,” said Fabry06. “Not saying they are directly hinting at GTA VI on Vice City or something but we’ve had some references in recent updates.”
Many other players agreed that this is most likely Rockstar dropping hints at the potential setting for GTA 6. This has credibility when you consider that there have been a few other references to Vice City in the Cayo Perico heist.
Gustavo’s outfit closely resembles the one worn by Gonzalez in both Vice City games. The orange shirt with a floral pattern is a clear nod to the 2002 title, and this coupled with the Latin text on the jacket only makes the connection seem more likely.
“Great find. It could just be a simple reference but why reference Vice City of all places? Could be nothing, but I really feel like rockstar are teasing us here,” one player noted.
“At this point I am 100% convinced gta 6 takes place in vice city. It’s just a matter of what time period(s) and if the game will have another South American or American city.”
“Rockstar has been teasing VI this entire update going to a South American island, the coordinates on the first trailer that goes to that road in Virginia, all the little Vice City references like this one,” another player added.
Keep in mind that these are still just rumors, and nothing has been officially confirmed by Rockstar so far. There has been speculation that the studio has prioritized GTA 6 as its sole focus, so hopefully, we’ll hear something soon. Once we do, we’ll be sure to update you.
Image Credits: u/Fabry06 / Rockstar Games