As millions of gamers wait in anticipation for the sixth instalment of one of the most popular games of all time, many are wondering if the game will incorporate Play-to-Earn mechanics and cryptocurrency rewards. Recent rumours suggest that GTA 6, aiming for a possible 2024 release, will introduce a Bitcoin-like currency system. Here’s what we know:
Leaks from Insiders
Although nothing has been officially confirmed, a leak from within Rockstar Games has created rumours that GTA 6 will have an in-game cryptocurrency.
The leak suggests that GTA 6 will have in-game payments of Bitcoin and therefore support the mechanics of a Play-to-Earn game. Tom Henderson, a gaming industry insider, had this to say:
The introduction of these payments could come in the form of tokens within the game that players can earn, spend, and ultimately trade for established cryptocurrencies already on the market.
As previous GTA games have sought to parody real-life, it’s possible the new game will do the same with Crypto.
On the flip side, with the rise in popularity of Play-to-Earn games, significant changes could be on the horizon for Grand Theft Auto and the gaming industry as a whole.
Grand Theft Auto’s Previous Form
As cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology become more prevalent, it should be no surprise that the creators of the GTA franchise, Rockstar Games, are at least thinking about introducing elements of these new financial and innovative pillars into their next game.
Part of the draw for these incredible games is the mirroring of real-life albeit in satirical and dramatic ways.
For example, in GTA 5 players could buy and sell stocks through two in-game stock trading websites – the BAWSAQ and LCN Exchange. Players in GTA 5 were also able to earn game money by completing ‘Stock Market Assassination Missions’ issued by Lester with $ 2 billion dollars in ill-gotten gains on the line.
New additions to the Grand Theft Auto series have always pushed the boundaries of what can be achieved with immersive gaming experiences. It’s entirely plausible that Rockstar is planning to include cryptocurrency earnings to push these boundaries in ways that have real-life effects on players.
Is GTA 6 Going to be Play-To-Earn?
Play-to-Earn games enable players to earn rewards from playing games. Rewards come in the form of tokens, in-game currencies, and NFTs. The idea is to empower players who, in recent years, have often been subjected to unwanted charges and micro-transactions to get the best out of their gaming experiences.
Play-to-Earn games like Illuvium and Splinterlands have already created new gaming ecosystems with huge player participation and followings.
Make no mistake, we are at the very early stages of the Play-to-Earn revolution. Many gamers hate the idea of cryptocurrencies and NFTs entering the gaming sphere and the industry has received some massive pushback because of this.
However, some major game developers are bullish about the potential and possibilities Play-to-Earn mechanics can bring to their games.
Speaking in February, the CEO of Take-Two, Rockstar’s parent company, tried to dampen speculation amid concerns that players may lose money with Play-to-Earn games.
Interestingly, Strauss Zelnick stated that:
“We believe that NFTs are real, and why wouldn’t they be? We believe in digital goods and we’ve been selling digital goods for a very long time. We believe in rare goods, we believe in collectibles. The concern we have is that there’s speculation going on.”
However, he finished by saying, “We’re highly convinced there’s an opportunity for NFTs to fit with Take-Two’s offerings in the future.”
The introduction of cryptocurrencies and Play-to-Earn mechanics in GTA 6 would be huge for the gaming industry and the crypto/NFT space. There aren’t many games more loved and respected by gamers than Grand Theft Auto, a stalwart of gaming since it arrived on the scene in 1997. In 2001, GTA 3’s open-world of carnage, mayhem, and fun has had gamers hooked on each instalment ever since.
If Rockstar Games were to embrace the times we live in by introducing ways for players to earn real rewards including ownership of digital assets through NFTs – it would be a major breakthrough in helping Play-to-Earn games enter the mainstream arena.