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Grand Theft Auto VI Trailer Sets New YouTube Record, Revives Vice City in Spectacular Fashion

The first trailer for "Grand Theft Auto VI" (GTA 6) was released earlier than planned due to a leak, setting a new YouTube record with millions of views in just hours. The game is set in a revamped Vice City and introduces two main characters, Jason and Lucía, with a narrative inspired by the infamous criminals Bonnie and Clyde.

Rockstar Games released the first trailer for GTA 6, following a premature leak on social media. The trailer has since set a new record on YouTube, amassing an unprecedented number of views in a short period.

Originally scheduled for a later reveal, the trailer’s leak prompted Rockstar Games to release it officially ahead of time. The trailer confirms the game’s title as “Grand Theft Auto VI,” continuing the numerical naming tradition. Sam Houser, the founder of Rockstar Games, expressed excitement about sharing this new vision, which aims to push the boundaries of open-world, story-based experiences.

GTA 6 returns to the iconic Vice City, a locale inspired by Miami, first seen in the 2002 release. However, this rendition of Vice City is vastly different, with an expanded map rumored to be almost double the size of GTA 5‘s. The game introduces natural regions alongside urban areas, showcasing Miami’s rich flora and fauna.

The narrative centers around Jason, an American, and Lucía, of Latin descent, drawing inspiration from the infamous 1930s criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. The trailer teases heists, police chases, and a significant focus on social media, reflecting current real-world trends.

Within 12 hours of its release, the GTA 6 trailer amassed an astonishing 60 million views, a number that continued to climb rapidly. At the time of writing, it had reached nearly 103 million views with 9.2 million likes, making it the number one trending video on YouTube. This achievement surpasses the previous non-musical record held by MrBeast and positions the trailer close to the all-time record set by BTS’s “Dynamite.”

GTA 6 is slated for release in 2025 on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, with no mention of a PC version yet. The game is expected to be the most immersive and significant evolution in the Grand Theft Auto series, featuring a female protagonist for the first time.

Jenna Jose
Jenna Jose
Jenna Jose is an experienced gaming editor with a journalism degree and a passion for RPGs and strategy games. She's your go-to source for the latest gaming news and comprehensive game lists. Off the clock, she's all about retro games and board game nights.

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