Driven mad by years of waiting, GTA 6 hopefuls start a moon cult as they wait for a reveal

The three playable characters having an exchange in GTA 5
(Image credit: Rockstar Games)

GTA 6 rumors have gotten so out of hand that fans are now using the moon to predict the game's reveal date.

With GTA 5 over ten years old, fans are getting ever more eager for the next instalment, and the conspiracy theories about when we'll get our first look at GTA 6 are becoming more and more out there. This latest hunch is the most bizarre and perhaps the most brilliant one we've seen yet.  

It all stems from a recent image posted by Rockstar as part of the latest GTA Online Update. The image shows two characters clad in red Happy Moon Tees, which players can get for taking part in the Moon Festival. But far from being just a promotional image for the current festivities, players think this holds the secret to when GTA 6 will officially be unveiled.

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As pointed out by Reddit user ApprehensiveTop8927, the image to the left - the famous Vinewood sign - is obstructed so that only the letters V and I are visible. Put these letters together, and they spell six in Roman Numerals, which could be a not-so-subtle hint at GTA's sixth instalment.

The other clues aren't quite so obvious. According to the same Reddit user, GTA and Red Dead Redemption tend to be announced and released on Tuesdays, and the majority of them in October, no less. Red Dead Redemption 2, for instance, was unveiled on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, while we got our first glimpse of GTA 5 on October 25, 2011, also a Tuesday. It's worth noting, though, that some of the date info isn't accurate. RDR2's launch, for example, fell on a Friday, not a Tuesday.

That brings us to the moon in the background, which, as shown in the below tweet from @Dirty_Worka, is in the Waning Gibbous phase. As the user explains, this is the phase the moon is currently in the real life. "Rockstar really does like hiding stuff in plain sight and they're a very clever bunch," @Dirty_Worka says. "Part of me wouldn't be surprised if they did something like this."

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If there's any truth to these theories, GTA 6's big reveal could be imminent. Still, the moon probably isn't the most reliable source when it comes to news on the highly anticipated sequel, so it's best to take this with a huge grain of salt until we have official word from Rockstar.

In the meantime, we've rounded up a bunch of games like GTA to play while you wait for the next entry.

Anne-Marie Ostler
Freelance Writer

Originally from Ireland, I moved to the UK in 2014 to pursue a Games Journalism and PR degree at Staffordshire University. Following that, I've freelanced for GamesMaster, Games TM, Official PlayStation Magazine and, more recently, Play and GamesRadar+. My love of gaming sprang from successfully defeating that first Goomba in Super Mario Bros on the NES. These days, PlayStation is my jam. When not gaming or writing, I can usually be found scouring the internet for anything Tomb Raider related to add to my out of control memorabilia collection.