GTA6 is coming! And that means parents need to start paying attention. This franchise is rated M for a reason: It’s not appropriate for kids. In this blog post, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about GTA6 (that we know so far) so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not it’s appropriate for your child.
GTA games are known for their violence, gore, and sexual content. GTA games have always been popular among kids and teens. GTAV was no different. The game was so popular that it sold over 11 million copies in its first week. That’s a lot of copies! And that means a lot of kids were playing it.
I’ve said it before on Engaged Family Gaming content. I’m not here to judge. You know your kids and your family better than any of us here at EFG do. So if you want to let them play, then by all means. Our goal is to provide as much information as we can about the content of the game so that you can make a real decision.
Grand Theft Auto 6 Is Going to be Everywhere
GTAV is one of the best-selling games of all time. Its successor is going to be a MONSTER. It will be a major topic in every available form of media once it is released. There won’t be any way for you to avoid it.
And if you can’t avoid it, then your kids can’t either. They will see ads. They will likely watch streams and YouTube videos. And, more importantly, they’ll hear about it from other kids either at school, in sports, or on the bus. It is almost inevitable that they will ask about the game. We want to make sure you have all the information that you can so you can be prepared.
GTA 6 Has Been Announced!
Rockstar Games has officially announced Grand Theft Auto 6. It will be set in Vice City (a fictional version of Miami), but will also extend out into a fictional region that will include all sorts of different biomes (like the Everglades and small rural towns). The trailer (embedded below) tells us that we’ll be playing as two characters (a man and a woman who are in a relationship). We don’t know the mechanics of the game for sure, but it is safe to assume that players will be able to switch between them similarly to the way you could switch between the three main characters in GTA 5.
GTA 6 Trailer Number 1
What is the GTA6 Release Date?
Grand Theft Auto 6 doesn’t have a firm release date yet, but Rockstar did list 2025 as the release year in Trailer 1.
The Potential ESRB Rating
Grand Theft Auto 6 is still in development and doesn’t have a release date. That means we don’t have ESRB information about it yet. However, we can infer what the ESRB rating will be based on the rating information for GTA5. It was rated M for mature with the content descriptors “Blood and Gore,” “Intense Violence,” “Mature Humor,” “Nudity,” “Strong Language,” “Strong Sexual Content,” and “Use of Drugs and Alcohol.” That is quite the laundry list of mature descriptors.
Sexual Content and Violence Against Women
One thing that I think is worth being called out separately is the sexual content. Parents often think of violence when they think about GTA games. But, the sexual content is often either forgotten or isn’t even thought about at all. This leads parents who are less concerned about violence to let the game slide. (This is a pretty common thing in the US. Many parents are far more concerned about nudity and sexuality than they are about guns and violence.)
Another detail that is worth mentioning is that GTA6 will feature a Latina protagonist. That is, admittedly, a big step for the franchise in terms of representation. However, It does mean that all of the violence being done against you while playing the game as that character will likewise be done to a woman. Rockstar Games isn’t known for treading gently with their games. So only time will tell how all of this will play out.
GTA Online 2?
GTA 5 included GTA Online which has been one of the most prolific online games of the last decade. In fact, “Shark Cash,” the game’s digital currency, generates more than $800 million annually. That kind of success isn’t something that Rockstar can ignore. It is very safe to assume that GTA 6 will include either GTA Online access OR access to a sequel to the smash hit online game.
GTA Online is a very different beast than the main game. It includes the expected content, but also the added “spice” of online interactions. The community that plays GTA Online is broad and robust and includes players of all ages. So this is something parents will want to be aware of and consider.
The Choice is Ultimately in Parents’ Hands
So there you have it, parents. Everything you need to know about Grand Theft Auto 6. It’s coming out soon and it looks like it will be just as violent and explicit as its predecessors. Let us know what you think in the comments below! Are you going to let your kids play? or will you be staying away?
Looking For Alternatives to GTA 6?
- Video Games for kids on Xbox One
- Video Games for kids on PS4
- Video Games for kids on Nintendo Switch
- Board Games for kids
What do you think? Sound off in the comments and let us know your thoughts!
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