Two pieces of art recently uploaded to the Rockstar Games website have fans speculating about the possibility of a Grand Theft Auto 6 announcement soon, but it’s unclear if that’s what Rockstar is teasing – or if it’s even teasing anything at all. Fans have also suggested the teases could point to a Bully 2 announcement, but this seems less likely than GTA 6 or something else.
Fans first noticed Rockstar’s new robot artwork, which depicts a feminine, golden robot posed with the Rockstar logo near a bottle of champagne. Several on Twitter and Reddit were quick to point out its similarities to pieces by Hajime Sorayama, well-known for his work on the cover of Aerosmith’s Just Push Play. Another image later caught fans’ attention once again, as Rockstar uploaded arwork of the company’s logo surrounded by numbers, words, and shapes. Among these was the phrase “bullying the weak,” which prompted some to believe Rockstar was teasing a new Bully game, and Bully 2 began trending on Twitter. While the robot art could be hinting at something, the logo image is almost certainly just an interesting piece of art.
As pointed out by Reddit user MantisMan_Official, every phrase in the logo art has been used on Rockstar’s website before. In 2013, Rockstar’s website included a text box that displayed a random tagline from a selection of at least 30, including all the words seen in the logo image. This likely rules out Bully 2, as speculation was based entirely on the “bullying” phrase. In a thread about the logo art, Reddit user MilroyNerfmods suggested the phrases selected, colors used, and number of logos instead seem to reference to the spread of communism in the Cold War era. This could point to Rockstar’s long-dormant Agent game, originally announced in 2009 and planned to be set in the Cold War.
Given Rockstar has used all these phrases before, however, logo image speculation of all varieties seems too outlandish. Fans’ ideas about the robot art might be a bit more reasonable – it’s entirely new for Rockstar, so the possibilities are more open to interpretation. Still, it seems unlikely to be teasing anything in particular. MilroyNerfmods believed the robot’s pose resembles a “6,” but it’s not close enough to jump to conclusions. And combined with the fact that the art resembles Aerosmith’s 2001 album cover, the 1998 printed on the champagne bottle could be hinting at a GTA 6 set in the early 2000s, but most GTA 6 setting rumors place it further in the past.
All in all, it’s certainly possible Rockstar is teasing a new game, but it doesn’t look promising. As Kotaku pointed out, Rockstar has a history of uploading random, interesting art to its website not tied to any game, so these pieces appear to be the same. Almost seven years after the release of GTA 5, though, it’s no wonder fans are clamoring for any sign of a new entry in the series. Recent rumors of a GTA 6 trailer sprouted up after a few unlisted videos appeared on Rockstar’s YouTube channel. One of these turned out to be the trailer for GTA Online’s new racing mode, but there might still be hope for those looking for a Grand Theft Auto 6 reveal.
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