New Rockstar job hints GTA 6 may not be set in 1980s after all

Matt Porter
Franklin driving in GTA 6

With fans desperate for any news on Grand Theft Auto 6, a new job posting from Rockstar has dropped a clue about a possible setting, with a return to the 1980s seemingly not on the cards.

GTA 6 hasn’t even been confirmed by Rockstar yet, but it’s already one of the most highly anticipated games ever, with players desperate to play through the next chapter of the legendary franchise.

It’s no surprise then that fans have been searching for any little clue that could be linked to the upcoming game, using job postings and mystery pages on the official Rockstar website to fuel the speculation.

One of the biggest GTA rumors is known as ‘Project Americas,’ a supposed leak that claims the devs are working on an ambitious story that would see players in both Vice City and South America.

Tommy Vercetti riding a motorbike in GTA Vice City

Project Americas suggests that the story’s main character will have links to the Cartel, which will see them traveling back and forth between Vice City and an unnamed location in South America during the 1980s.

While fans have been excited at the prospect of heading to the 80s in the next title, there has been some concern about what that could mean for the franchise. GTA 5 is set in modern-day Los Santos, with players using smartphones to communicate or use the stock market, something not possible in a game set 40 years ago.

A new job listing from Rockstar has cast more doubt on the idea of a throwback title, with the Indian division of the company searching for a “Mixed Media Animator.” According to the post, the successful applicant would “create content for in-game media” and work on “multiple platforms.”

GTA fans believe this refers to the in-game websites and TV shows that are part of GTA 5. If Grand Theft Auto 6 was set in the 1980s, it’s very unlikely that websites would play a part in the game.

Of course, the game could travel back to the 80s for story-telling, but it is unlikely that GTA Online would be set in two different timelines, or add modern technology to an old setting.

Of course, all this is just speculation until we get official confirmation from Rockstar, but many fans believe we will get an announcement from the developers at E3 2021 in June after TakeTwo announced they would be attending.

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