Did you know that the trailer for the genre-defining Grand Theft Auto (GTA) 5 was released in 2011? It’s hard to believe that it’s been 12 years since we first met the protagonists of what would quickly become Rockstar’s most successful release ever.
After selling over 135 million copies, GTA fans are now eagerly anticipating the sixth installment of the series. But how long will we have to wait, and what do we know about the game so far?
The Release Date
Yesterday, Rockstar Games announced that it would reveal the trailer for GTA 6 in early December. This is the first official announcement from the company since admitting that the game “exists” back in February 2022.
Meanwhile, internet sleuths have noted that Take-Two Interactive’s CEO Strauss Zelnick (GTA’s publisher) has stated that his company would see a “significant (financial) inflection point” in 2025. Could that mean the release of a massive title like GTA VI? We simply don’t know.
We do know that a 2024 release is likely off the cards, however, thanks to a Bloomberg report this summer that revealed “current and former Rockstar staff” expect GTA 6 to be at least 2 years away. With that being said, Microsoft has also confused matters, revealing that “the highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto VI is expected to be released in 2024”.
Despite the lack of a firm release date, we do have plenty of information on the basics of the game, thanks to several leaks that have since been scrubbed from the internet. The biggest news is that, for the first time ever, one of GTA’s protagonists will be a woman named Lucia. In addition, the series may make a return to the Miami-vice-esq “Vice City”, and most buildings will be enterable, with an even greater focus on heists and robberies.
Of course, all of the rumors and release dates are subject to change, and the game is definitely a long way away from being playable. However, at least we know that Rockstar is building the game, and we can likely expect another massive hit when it’s released.
LEAP 2024 Will Shine A Light On Female Innovators In Technology
Women comprise nearly a third of the event’s speaker lineup alongside a dedicated program of high-level content, investment, and mentorship.
LEAP 2024, a premier global technology event, will highlight the achievements of women in the technology sector as it returns for its third edition at the Riyadh Exhibition and Convention Centre in Malham district from March 4 to 7.
Hosted by Tahaluf, a strategic collaboration between Informa PLC, the Events Investment Fund (EIF), and the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones (SAFCSP), LEAP 2024 will feature a dedicated program titled “Women in Tech”. The program will offer enriching content, investment opportunities, networking sessions, mentorship programs, and a special startup award.
The initiative aims to inspire women to actively participate in the technology industry, aligning with broader diversity efforts. Reflecting the Kingdom’s commitment to equality, the focus on “Women in Tech” coincides with the increasing female participation at LEAP events.
Annabelle Mander, Senior Vice President of Tahaluf, emphasized the event’s commitment to gender inclusivity, stating, “Female representation is across all of LEAP’s features and reflects the event’s mission of driving economic diversification and providing market access to international business. Within Tahaluf itself, half of our team members are women, and women make up half of our SMT, too”.
The “Women in Tech” program will feature distinguished speakers including Nadine Hachach Haram, CEO and Founder of Proximie, and Sahar Albanarna from IMPACTIQUE Bahrain, who explained: “Over 26 million women worldwide with professional experience and degrees are not in the global workplace. This demographic includes a huge pool of untapped talent which technology can help unleash to fuel the co-creation of exponential solutions across multiple sectors. To help women access productive employment, we urge industry leaders to support high-impact female entrepreneurs as a means to boost their economies and accelerate the UN’s sustainable development goals by promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth”.
The event will also provide a platform for female-led startups and entrepreneurs to pitch for funding and support through various initiatives such as the Women’s Investor Forum, Entrepreneur Mentorship Scheme, and the Aviatrix Award at the Rocket Fuel pitch competition, offering a prize fund of US$150,000.