Rumors are swirling around the GTA sphere that Rockstar Games will introduce cryptocurrency in its gameplay for the upcoming and most-awaited GTA 6. Speculations are rife that the main character will receive in-game cryptocurrency as payment after completing missions from anonymous billionaires. While Grand Theft Auto 5 had missions related to the stock markets, rumors state GTA 6 will include both stocks and cryptos.
How Did the Cryptocurrency Rumors Start?
The idea that GTA 6 will include cryptocurrency for the first time came from gamer and freelance writer Tom Henderson. He tweeted in June 2021, that he “heard” from an insider that Rockstar Games has included cryptocurrency in GTA 6.
Since Henderson’s tweet, GTA-themed Twitter pages have been carrying out the narrative with regular cryptocurrency ‘leaks and rumors. Rockstar Games is extremely tight-lipped about its developments and rarely provides ‘leaks’ to outsiders. From GTA San Andreas to GTA 4 and GTA 5, all insider leaks, and release predictions, have all but turned false.
GTA-themed Twitter pages have been pushing their own ‘insider leaks’ about in-game cryptocurrency since Henderson’s tweet. Many of the leaks seem to be dubious with no evidence from their so-called ‘sources’. Some even stopped putting ‘insider leak’ disclaimers suggesting that their information is Gospel truth.
Luckily for them, Rockstar Games has a nature of not refuting or accepting rumors in any form. Therefore, the GTA rumor mill never stops as nobody confronts their ‘leaks, rumors, insider source’ among others.
Here’s Why GTA 6 Might Not Include Cryptocurrency
What is the main reason for gaming companies to introduce cryptocurrency and NFTs? The reason is to make money. Well, Rockstar Games already has the money. They can sell millions of copies and make billions in revenue in GTA 6, with or without cryptocurrency integration. Therefore, Rockstar Games is not in a do-or-die situation in any form to introduce something ‘new’.
The only ‘new’ GTA fans want is GTA 6. All the other things take a back seat as they’re confident their favorite game can never disappoint.
Many gaming firms tried introducing cryptocurrency and NFTs as a feature but received brickbats in return. Ubisoft had introduced NFTs in Ghost Recon Breakpoint but the idea was frowned upon by fans. Months later, Ubisoft stopped the sale of NFTs as they experienced the disinterest firsthand.
Also, game developer Team17 had introduced cryptocurrency in one of its gameplay but the announcement was met with widespread dissatisfaction. Team17 had to cancel the crypto integration as players didn’t find the prospects of cryptos to be thrilling.
In conclusion, introducing cryptocurrency and NFTs to mainstream games is a bad idea. Gamers just want to play and be entertained and not ‘make money with cryptos.’ If they wanted to make money, they’d be trading and not playing games in the first place.