'GTA 6' release date, rumors: Game to feature a female protagonist, to introduce first-person mode?

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With the sixth installment for "Grand Theft Auto" (GTA) still in its infancy in terms of development, fans of the hit franchise have been eagerly waiting for news to spring up, and this time, the rumor of having a new character will certainly keep things interesting at the moment.

According to a report from the University Herald, there are speculations swirling that "GTA 6" will feature a female protagonist in its storyline. This alleged move could be a reaction to the negative feedback developer Rockstar Games received in terms of the way they depicted their female characters in "GTA 5." Moreover, a report from PC Advisor said that such a move would likely open up the game's storylines and add more color to the action-adventure video game series.

In addition, the report also hinted that a first-person mode might replace the existing third-person one.

As for the platforms being targeted to support "GTA 6," PC Advisor speculated that the title will most likely appear on the PlayStation 4 and on the Xbox One, while crisper graphics can be expected on the versions for the PlayStation Pro and Xbox One S consoles. Fans using the PC can also hope for a better and faster game compared to what they experienced playing in the past.

With Rockstar set to release the "Red Dead Redemption 2" video game sometime in the middle of the year, observers have speculated that the attention of the developers can now be shifted to "GTA 6." It was also confirmed in a press conference late last year by Rockstar North president Leslie Benzies that their team still has a lot of work to do, as far as consolidating things is concerned, saying that they've got "about 45 years worth of ideas."

It was, however, rumored that "GTA 6" will be released in 2018. Some rumors point to either 2020 or 2021, with the latter allegedly being hinted in one of the airports found in the video game where two doors were labeled "2013" and "2021." The former was the year "GTA 5" was released while the latter could be the year the follow-up will finally come out.