In a move that has caught the attention of gaming enthusiasts, Rockstar Games has quietly removed the Social Club branding from its website, sparking speculation about the imminent release of Grand Theft Auto 6 (GTA 6). The publisher replaced the familiar Social Club nomenclature with a streamlined ‘Rockstar Games’ on its website, hinting at a potential rebranding or the launch of a new gaming platform.
A Twitter account, @videotechuk_, reported the changes, noting the removal of Social Club mentions and the transformation of the iconic black-and-yellow Rockstar logo to black-and-white. The alterations extend to the in-game experience, where subscribers are now referred to as ‘Rockstar Games members,’ marking what some have dubbed “the end of an era.”
While the exact nature of these changes remains uncertain, the gaming community is abuzz with speculation. The timing aligns with the upcoming 25th-anniversary celebration for Rockstar, and rumors suggest the first trailer for GTA 6 may be unveiled in early December. However, Rockstar has historically avoided third-party announcements, leaving fans eager to see if the reveal will occur during The Game Awards 2023 on December 8.
Notably, Rockstar has been tight-lipped about GTA 6 developments since confirming its development in 2022. The game is rumored to be set in a fictionalized version of Miami, featuring two protagonists, and is expected to release in the fiscal year 2025, with a potential window opening in April 2024, according to Take-Two’s earnings report.
The gaming community’s anticipation is fueled by a previous data leak showcasing in-development gameplay footage, revealing a daytime heist involving the game’s lead characters, an unnamed man and a woman. This installment is set to mark the first time a female character takes the lead in the Grand Theft Auto franchise, drawing inspiration from the infamous criminal couple, Bonnie and Clyde.
While Grand Theft Auto V continues to thrive with consistent updates and a robust online community, attention has shifted to the potential sequel to Bully. A dataminer uncovered a string in the game’s code hinting at a sequel, although Rockstar has yet to confirm or deny these speculations.
As the gaming world awaits further announcements, it’s clear that Rockstar Games is gearing up for a significant shift, with the rebranding of the Social Club potentially signaling a new era for the renowned game developer.