Ex-Rockstar Dev On GTA 6’s Trailer: “It’s Going To Look Just Like This”

He confirms that the trailer was just in-game footage.

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  • The ex-Rockstar Games dev Mike York confirmed that GTA 6 will have the same visual quality as its trailer.
  • The dev said there were no cinematic visuals involved, and the whole trailer was just in-game footage.
  • He also adds that the title will completely push the hardware of current-gen consoles to its max limit.

The GTA 6 reveal trailer has been out for over a day, and many content creators have reacted to it. The former Rockstar Games dev Mike York also takes a deep dive, sharing valuable insights and tidbits for the fans in the process. The animator behind GTA 5 has satisfied arguably one of the biggest dilemmas some fans had with the trailer. Yes, the entirety of the trailer is in-game footage, and no cinematic visuals were utilized. 

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Around the 6:45 mark, the dev even went as far as to say, “When you play this game, it is really going to look just like this.” And if we take Rockstar Games‘ previous achievements into account, GTA 6 will likely look even better than the trailer footage when it releases. Many recent AAA entries by the studio were ahead of their times in the trailer, only to appear even better after launch.

Mike added that the artists of the title know how to push the consoles and hardware to their maximum limit with their level of detail (LODs). He ensured that GTA 6 is going to be no exception in this department. Additionally, the dev gives the example of one of the NPCs that appear in the trailer, clarifying that she looks highly realistic visually despite not being a main character; it will apparently be the same for all the NPCs.

The ex-Rockstar Games animator also mentions that the team is going all out in parodying modern-day Miami. GTA 6 will reportedly feature characters that are fun and fleshed out. At the end of the day, the trailer has shown only the gist of what’s to come. Comparisons have also revealed that many scenes depicted in the trailer were based on real life.


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The GTA 6 trailer has crossed all the set records and expectations in the gaming industry, amassing over 104 million views with 9.2 million likes in just over a day after being uploaded. The video showcases alluring locations, like bustling beaches, neon-filled nightlife, diverse wildlife, and more. It was uploaded early due to a huge leak, which caused many gamers and devs alike to be upset. 

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Rockstar Games is launching GTA 6 in 2025 on an unknown date. It has been confirmed to come out on current-gen consoles, including PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X, via a press release by Take-Two Interactive. And in typical Rockstar fashion, there have been no confirmations for a PC launch yet, suggesting it may be released further into the future.

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Shameer Sarfaraz is a Senior News Writer on eXputer who loves to devoutly keep up with the gaming and entertainment industries. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and several years of experience reporting on games. Besides his passion for breaking news stories, Shahmeer loves spending his leisure time farming away in Stardew Valley. His articles have been cited by VGC, IGN, GameSpot, Game Rant, TheGamer, GamingBolt, The Verge, NME, Metro, Dot Esports, GameByte, Kotaku Australia, PC Gamer, and more.

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