GTA 6’s Reveal Trailer Is Pretty Short, So Manage Your Expectations

Don't expect the whole world.


Look, we’re less than 24 hours away from living in a world where GTA 6 footage exists and we can see it with our eyeballs. Regardless of whether or not you’re personally excited for the next instalment in the biggest gaming franchise ever, or you’re concerned about whether or not it’ll live up to the hype, there’s no denying that the GTA 6 trailer dropping at 2pm GMT tomorrow is going to be the biggest event in gaming this whole year.

Take that, The Game Awards 2023. You’re not even the biggest event this week.

Now that the YouTube Premiere Page for the trailer is live, which has about 40,000 people waiting already, it’s been revealed that the trailer will be about 91 seconds long all told. Admittedly, 91 seconds is longer than both the reveal trailers for Red Dead Redemption 2 and GTA V, which clocked in at 68 seconds and 84 seconds respectively. Those extra 7 seconds compared to the GTA V trailer are clearly going to make all the difference.

That being said, it’s worth noting that the almost decade-long wait that fans have endured since the last GTA game has kind of turned a decent amount of the community feral. Now that the trailer is almost upon us, some people just won’t be happy no matter what the trailer features, so in the next day or so, make sure to manage your expectations on what this GTA 6 reveal trailer will actually contain.

Going off the previous trailers, what you can expect from the GTA 6 reveal trailer is a lot of establishing shots of the city/overall setting, which is rumoured to be Vice City, along with some of the various activities you can expect when you finally get hands-on with the game. We might get some narration, as the GTA V trailer featured a monologue from one of the main protagonists Michael, though details about the three protagonists weren’t shared during that trailer. Meanwhile, the Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer featured almost no character shots, with only a quick line from Arthur Morgan near the end.

Heck, the original GTA V trailer didn’t even have a release date, while the RDR 2 trailer optimistically offered a release date of “Fall 2017”, which we all know was delayed until October 2018, becoming one of the best games ever made in the process. Considering that, you should count yourselves lucky if the GTA 6 trailer even alludes to a release window.

Given that the GTA 6 trailer is going to be 30% longer than the Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer, we can expect that it won’t be quite so vague when it comes to characters and details, but the point remains the same: this isn’t going to be the content extravaganza that some fans may want after waiting for a decade. This has never been Rockstar’s way, and expecting that from them is foolish.

Instead, you should treat this GTA 6 reveal trailer for exactly what it is: the first step in a methodically planned hype campaign that’ll periodically drop new info from now until release. Does that mean you might have to wait a year until the next trailer? If the GTA V hype campaign is anything to go by, yes, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be new screenshots and details in the meantime. Keep calm, GTA 6 is coming, you just need to be patient.

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