No one knows exactly when Grand Theft Auto 6 will launch outside of Take-Two and Rockstar, but some people are in a better position to take guesses than others. One of those best-equipped guessers is Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, whose job involves creating the business plans that make up the mass releases of competitors’ games. Right now, Guillemot is expecting a GTA 6 release sometime after March 2025 – and he’s feeling pretty good about that.
During Ubisoft’s Q3 earnings call today, Guillemot was asked how Ubisoft was thinking about their upcoming game line now that GTA 6 has been officially announced. The questioner suggested that the game was expected to target the end of fiscal year 2025, which for Ubisoft would mean somewhere between January and March of 2025.
Guillemot replied as follows:
What we have seen in the past is that whenever there is a big release like GTA, there are more and more people coming back to the industry and that helps other games sell as well. We see it for sure. We look at that and we’re really organizing things around the launch of that game, which we don’t know exactly when that will happen. We reckon it will be closer to our ’26 financial year than our ’25 financial year. But what we’ve seen is that overall it’s actually positive for the market, and we had a good launch with the launch of the first GTA 5 and the GTA 5 online game, whenever we were able to generate revenue and profits really good of the games we launched.
To clarify, this means that Guillemot expects GTA 6 not to appear until April of 2025 or later, which fits with Take-Two’s official “2025” release window. But that’s significantly later than what some have speculated based on past remarks from Take-Two Interactive, publisher of GTA 6. Previously, Take-Two made bold projections about “groundbreaking titles” released in its year fiscal 2025 (which matches Ubisoft) that would see them “reach over $8 billion in net bookings,” followed by even higher results in fiscal 2026. This could mean that GTA 6 is quietly pushed behind the scenes, but it’s also possible that this prediction was never meant to be about GTA 6 in the first place, but a number of analysts took this to mean that GTA 6 would be a fiscal 2025- is. .
Either way, it’s all still speculation and we won’t know GTA 6’s release date until we’re told what it is. But if you were expecting to be able to play the first thing in 2025, you might want to temper your hopes a bit.
What is perhaps most interesting is Guillemot’s statement that a GTA 6 release will also be good for Ubisoft. It’s long been known that AAA game companies will often sweat over when to release games so they don’t have to compete with other major releases that could drown them out, so it would only be natural that Ubisoft to not have any of them. their major releases debut around the same time as GTA 6. But Guillemot’s point that a game like GTA 6 will get people into video games who haven’t played them in a while or even before is apt. Once they’re done with GTA 6, players will want something else to do, and that something might just be a Ubisoft game.
We finally got our first look at GTA 6 later last year when the first official trailer dropped less than 24 hours before it was supposed to debut. We learned at the time that it’s not currently planned for PC at launch, and that it will feature dual protagonists including a new fan-favorite heroine named Lucia. For more information, check out our roundup of everything we’ve learned about the game so far.
Rebekah Valentine is a senior reporter for IGN. Got a story tip? Send it to [email protected].