GTA 6 will feature the series’ first female protagonist and will revolve around a pair of characters in the style of the American criminal duo Bonnie and Clyde.
The first details of the characters of GTA 6 were revealed in a recent Bloomberg (opens in new tab) report. It’s the first details we’ve had since Rockstar confirmed the sequel is “well underway” earlier this year. The report claims that GTA 6 will feature a Latina woman as one of its protagonists. Who the second main character is and what the nature of their relationship will be is unclear.
Bonnie and Clyde were a romantic couple who went on a series of bank robberies during the Great Depression in the United States. His life as small-town criminals who went on to carry out larger robberies, only to be gunned down by police after a public manhunt, has been romanticized in several books and films after his death.
The notorious crime tale is not worlds away from the stories of previous GTA games. Rockstar’s beloved crime ’em ups often revolve around characters who are down on their luck and turn to crime.
Bloomberg suggests that the characters in GTA 6 were created with more political sensitivity in mind than previous entries in the series. While Rockstar often sells its games as satirical views of American culture, deriding people across the political spectrum and all demographics, the developer has taken steps to direct its jokes more carefully this time around.
The game’s developers are being cautious not to crack down and avoid making outcast groups the jokes of their jokes. That sentiment extended to the launch of GTA 5 on PS5 and Xbox Series X | S earlier this year, when several transphobic jokes were removed from the game.
ONE kotaku (opens in new tab) The report from several years ago criticized Rockstar’s work culture for its long periods of crunch, bullying and frat pranks. Speaking to Bloomberg now, however, some employees suggest the developer has taken steps to tear down that image in an effort to become a kinder employer. With the introduction of a Latina protagonist in GTA 6, it looks like some of these progressive changes have extended beyond Rockstar’s workplace and into its upcoming release.