Rockstar Games has been using their RAGE engine for going on 16 years now, having first utilised the proprietary game engine back in 2006. Whilst ‘Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis’ was the first game to use the engine, it’s been better put to use with various Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto releases.
Now a new report suggests that Rockstar could be prepared to use a new version of the RAGE engine, which is said to be ‘ahead of its time’ and capable of rivalling the likes of Epic’s Unreal Engine 5 graphics.
The report itself comes via Rockstar Mag’s Chris Klippel, who had previously teased the Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition a full month before Rockstar had announced the game.
Writing on Twitter (translated) Klippel told followers:
“Of course, the new version of the #RockstarGames graphics engine (RAGE9) that will be used in # GTA6 will probably be amazing. I’ve been able to get some positive information and we really shouldn’t be disappointed. We are talking about an engine that will be ahead of its time.”
It’s also worth noting that back in November Klippel said the game had reached a ‘major milestone‘ in production. However for now very little is still known about Rockstar’s next entry in the GTA series.
That being said, it would make sense for Rockstar to start using a new version of the RAGE engine with the introduction of next-gen consoles. Especially given that the Eighth iteration of the RAGE engine was first introduced for the remastered versions of Grand Theft Auto V back in 2015
Visiblement, la nouvelle version du moteur graphique de #RockstarGames (RAGE9) qui sera utilisée pour #GTA6 risque d'être assez incroyable. J'ai pu avoir des retours très positifs, on devrait vraiment ne pas être déçu sur ce point. On parle d'un moteur en avance sur son temps. pic.twitter.com/v2DVSS4lMJ
— Chris’ Klippel (@Chris_Klippel) April 22, 2022
Earlier this year Rockstar confirmed “active development” for the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series is well underway, but for now, it remains unclear exactly how far along the game could be.
Back in 2021, known industry insider Tom Henderson announced that he’d heard from sources that Grand Theft Auto VI is launching in 2025 with two protagonists and an evolving map.
This appeared to also be corroborated by Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier who wrote on Twitter: “[I don’t know] why everyone thinks that I said GTA VI was coming in 2023. Everything Tom Henderson has said about the game matches up with what I’ve heard.”
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