Is there a more anticipated video game than Grand Theft Auto 6? Fans are so desperate for a reveal from developer Rockstar that they’re seeing clues in the moon.
GTA is no stranger to wild fan theories, but this one is pretty much the biggest yet. It revolves around an image of the moon that appears in a promotional image for the GTA Online Moon Festival event. This image below shows two characters standing in front of GTA Online’s famous Vinewood sign, obscured so that only the letters V and I are visible. VI is six in Roman numerals. This is about the only part of this fan theory that makes any reasonable sense.
It’s all downhill from there. Twitter user @Dirty_Worka took a close look at the image of the moon and declared it as evidence of an impending revelation. This moon in the image appears to be in the waning gibbous phase (when the illuminated portion of the moon shrinks from 99.9% to 50.1%). The real moon enters the waning gibbous phase today, October 2nd. Coincidence?
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The moon in VI tease tweet from @Rockstar Games is a declining gibbous at ~85%. The Moon will enter this phase again on Monday, October 2, 2023, and then again on Wednesday, November 1, 2023. In addition to teasing VI, could this latest tweet also hint at the next big announcement? pic.twitter.com/dO78v3eNNq
— Dirty_Worka 💀 (@Dirty_Worka) September 29, 2023
Redditor ApprehensiveTop8927 goes further and says that GTA 6 will be revealed tomorrow, October 3rd. Source? The moon itself.
This theory points out that Rockstar tends to announce and release its games on a Tuesday, and that the company notably announced Grand Theft Auto 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2 on a Tuesday in October. Spooky!
But what if?! That is the question that simmers beneath the ridicule this theory receives. The result is that pretty much everything Rockstar is releasing right now is being analyzed to the last inch by GTA fans hungry for GTA 6 clues. For example, a tweet from Rockstar posted today, October 2nd, promotes the Alpine Hat for GTA Online. Seems innocent enough, right?
GTA 6 CONFIRMED!?! pic.twitter.com/tyqsGowwXF
– GTABase.com (@GTABase) October 2, 2023
People will overanalyze this image to find a 6 in Roman numerals. pic.twitter.com/rwV5YTfgg5
— Rockstar Nation (@RockstarNation) October 2, 2023
I can’t believe Rockstar would leak GTA IV with this guy’s v-neck shirt and beer bottle 😳 😱😱😱😱😱 pic.twitter.com/RsTPSnGZWe
– MJ Hernandez (@MJ__Hernandez) October 2, 2023
— More (@LuayPrince) October 2, 2023
— خالد بن فهد 🇸🇦 (@i559r) October 2, 2023
– Marijuano 2009 (@Acido_Arsenioso) October 2, 2023
– maidolee (@MaidoLee) October 2, 2023
Rockstar will of course announce GTA 6 when it’s ready, and with the release date likely set for 2024, it probably won’t be long before the real testing begins. Until then, it might be a good time for GTA fans to take a screen break.
Wesley is the UK news editor for IGN. Find him on Twitter at @wyp100. You can reach Wesley at firstname.lastname@example.org or confidentially at email@example.com.