'GTA 6' Release Date Memes, Jokes Surge As Game Is Rumored To Launch in 2025

Memes are spreading online as distressed Grand Theft Auto (GTA) fans react to the news that a sixth entry in the open-world franchise could still be four years away.

The rumors stem from a YouTube video published by veteran leaker Tom Henderson, who has previously uncovered information about games like Battlefield 2042 that turned out to be legitimate. Most recently, he accurately leaked that the Battlefield series would be moving to a near-future setting with its next instalment, and that one of its maps would prominently feature a rocket launch, which an official trailer for the game has since revealed to be true.

While Henderson does have a reliable track record when it comes to Call of Duty and Battlefield leaks, he is not particularly known for having insider knowledge of GTA. He even points this out himself in the video, imploring listeners to take everything that he says with a "pinch of salt."

GTA 6 Release Date Rumors

A Grand Theft Auto V Car Chase
"Grand Theft Auto V" was released in 2013 and since then there have been no other entries in the franchise. Rockstar Games

Henderson repeats several leaks that he has heard about GTA 6 in his video. These include rumors that it will have a modern-day setting, that it will feature the series' first-ever female protagonist, and that the map will be constantly evolving over the course of time, similar to how Fortnite rolls out its seasonal updates.

While the vast majority of the video is focused on what kind of content the prospective sequel will have, Henderson does end by speculating on its release date. He said: "I still think we're several years away from this game releasing [a] lot of rumors out there [are] saying 2022, 2023. I even myself have tweeted out probably '23 to '24, but I actually think that date is a little bit premature."

Henderson cites a number of reasons why he thinks GTA 6 is still some way off. Specifically, he references that the publisher, Rockstar Games, is trying to place a greater emphasis on employee wellbeing, after they faced heavy criticism in 2018 over how their staff were reportedly overworked to ship Red Dead Redemption 2 on time.

According to Henderson, the company is trying to avoid a similar crunch culture with their future releases, which could have a knock-on effort on GTA 6's eventual release date.

Henderson also says that the game is going to be a next-gen and PC exclusive, meaning that it will not be playable on the PS4 or the Xbox One. Given that next-gen consoles are still incredibly hard to come by, Henderson theorizes that it would benefit Rockstar to delay GTA 6 to at least 2025 (when PS5 and Xbox Series X units will be more readily available), so that they can maximize their sales.

GTA 6 Memes Flood Social Media

While Henderson is not an established source of GTA information, he has been proven right about other leaks in the past. As such, a number of media outlets, including GameStop and DualShockers, covered his video and the rumors about GTA 6's 2025 release date.

When gamers saw these articles, it prompted GTA 6 to start trending on Twitter. Fans were particularly disappointed to learn they may have to wait another four years before the title comes out, when it has already been 8 years since GTA V was released.

A wave of memes began to proliferate on social media, all finding unique ways to articulate the frustration.

@mldiffley uploaded an image of a group of seniors playing a game with the caption: "Me and the homies when GTA 6 finally comes out"

Me and the homies when GTA 6 finally comes out pic.twitter.com/unGar3qZPT

— 𝓜𝓪𝓽𝓽 🏀✈️ (@mldiffley) June 29, 2021

@TmarTn shared a similar meme, with a clip from the YouTube video "Elders Play Grand Theft Auto V".

me and the homies when gta 6 finally drops pic.twitter.com/DVPB54Kehr

— TmarTn (@TmarTn) June 30, 2021

Continuing with this theme of gamers becoming pensioners before they can play GTA 6, @KinguinNet shared a picture with the caption: "We've got footage of you playing GTA 6 on the day of release....with your Grandson"

We've got footage of you playing GTA 6 on the day of release....with your Grandson pic.twitter.com/thPXMrvHHd

— Kinguin.net 🎮 (@KinguinNet) June 30, 2021

Meanwhile, @its_menieb posted a screenshot of the original iCarly next to an image from its new reboot, with the caption: "Me waiting for GTA 6 as a kid [Vs] Me Waiting for GTA 6 as an adult".

Me waiting Me still waiting
for GTA 6 for GTA 6 as
as a kid an adult pic.twitter.com/oJijQuE3PB

— Mohamed Enieb (@its_menieb) June 29, 2021

@jebaiting shared a video of a futuristic city with hover cars, accompanied by the text: "Leaked gameplay footage of GTA 6 releasing in 2025"

Leaked gameplay footage of GTA 6 releasing in 2025 pic.twitter.com/hYl8LTDjni

— cesar (@jebaiting) June 29, 2021

@veryrare_ns posted a clip from the Pixar movie Ratatouille, in which the villainous Chef Skinner becomes distraught after reading bad news. They then followed it up with a clip of Spider-Man crying in a bathtub.

Me after seeing that gta 6 is getting pushed back for four years pic.twitter.com/PVYkxvJmbA

— Very rare (@veryrare_ns) June 29, 2021

@MeAloneInMyMind posted the U.S. map, with the caption: "I hope this is the whole map for GTA 6 if we're waiting until 2025".

I hope this is the whole map for GTA 6 if we’re waiting until 2025: pic.twitter.com/JzuoFgzkuN

— In My Mind (@MeAloneInMyMind) June 29, 2021

@MoulaFN shared a timelapse video, in which someone ages as they wait for GTA 6 to finally be released.

Everyone waiting for gta 6 be like; pic.twitter.com/yjDdTuUN3t

— God Replier Moula (@MoulaFN) June 29, 2021

While we may still be waiting some time for GTA 6, its predecessor, Grand Theft Auto V, is currently available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. It will also be receiving a next-gen upgrade later this year (in November) for the PS5 and Xbox Series X.

Promotional Artwork for GTA V
"Grand Theft Auto 5" will be receiving a next-gen upgrade in November to optimize it for the PS5 and Xbox Series X. Rockstar Games