The GTA 6 trailer is about to cross 120 million views on YouTube, and with 9.8 million likes, the consensus seems to be “wow, that looks really good.”
That’s true both in terms of tone and scope, but also just…visually it looks amazing. Not only the Vice City/Leonida environments, but what really stands out are the character models, from its leads Jason and Lucia to the NPCs you’ll encounter channeling the wildness of the region.
However, there’s always this idea in gaming that trailers are made to look better than the final product. We’ve seen this happen many times in the past, where a cinematic spot will not remotely resemble the end result. Watch Dogs, Cyberpunk, Redfall. We’ve seen it a lot.
But not so with Rockstar games. And that’s why it does seem likely that GTA 6 will literally be as good as it looks. Here’s a comparison from GTA 5’s first and second trailers to the final game:
Or how about Red Dead Redemption 2 instead? Trailer #2 to release for Dutch and Arthur:
There are plenty more examples, resolution quality on decade old trailers aside, and the models from the trailers to release are either the same, or actually improved over time in some instances.
What that means is that when Lucia, for instance, looks like this in the game, this is not some special cinematic cutscene. Rockstar does not do that with its trailers. What you’re seeing is how the game should look, whether that’s the main characters or all the supporting ones. And those twerk physics, presumably, are real.
If I’m being honest, I’m not sure the face tech is all that many miles beyond what we saw from Red Dead Redemption 2 (which was stellar), at least in these early glimpses. But what feels like it’s different is the performance capture and the overall character modeling, giving life to the citizens of Vice City in a way we haven’t seen before.
But no, Rockstar is not being deceptive here. This absolutely should not be a case of a trailer broadcasting one kind of visual fidelity and tech and the game being a downgrade. More and more studios seem to be moving away from this, but Rockstar has been doing this forever, really, and there’s no reason to believe they’d stop now.
For gamers eagerly anticipating the upcoming Grand Theft Auto 6 (GTA 6), the prospect of such a highly anticipated title living up to its trailers is a matter of key importance. But, the immense updating technology and design quality advancements pushed by Rockstar Games could indicate the game will look just as good, if not better than what we’ve seen so far.
Since the release of GTA Vice City and San Andreas in the mid-2000s, Rockstar has consistently delivered games that have set the benchmark for graphics and design in gaming, solidifying the studio’s reputation as one of the most reliable innovators in the industry.
The way Rockstar has pushed forward graphical and technical leaps between each game in the franchise has never ceased to amaze, and they look set to continue this trend with GTA 6. As Rockstar themselves stated in a blog post: “[GTA 6] will bring the largest and most vibrant world ever created in the Grand Theft Auto series”.
When it comes to technology, GTA 6 looks very promising. Back in 2019, Rockstar registered a patent for a new streaming technology that they plan to include in the upcoming game. This technology will power both the visuals and the audio and enable the game to render incredibly detailed images on demanding hardware.
Coupled with the power of next-gen consoles, this will result in a much smoother experience for the player, minimizing the time spent waiting for objects or textures to load up and granting them more freedom to explore the detailed and living world of GTA 6.
Given all of the new developments and Rockstar’s track record it seems highly likely the game will live up to the hype. We can only hope that GTA 6 will deliver an experience that has gamers talking for years to come.