It’s crazy to think Rockstar released GTA 5 over 7 years ago. That’s right, the last main release was back in September 2013. What that means, though, is that we are probably closer to GTA 6 than we know. Close enough that there is an active GTA 6 community with leaks happening semi-frequently.
The latest in this series of leaks and confirmations is an anomaly. The leak comes in the form of strange titles inside a title from Rockstar’s other big franchise, Red Dead Redemption 2.
GTA 6 Weapon Names in RDR2 Files
According to this thread on gtaforums, user DerekLeet was fiddling around with the game files of RDR2 when he found the mysterious items. The file, called propset.meta, contained names of weapons that are anachronistic to the game. The gtaforums user found references to a L1A1 rifle, AK47, and a pistol (named W_J_BROWNING in the file).
The L1A1 rifle, the Browning Hi-Power pistol (which is probably what the files referred to) as well as the AK47 are all real weapons. And they are fairly modern weapons that were made in the 20th century. Due to the setting of the game, none of the weapons makes an appearance. What is interesting though, is that neither the L1A1 nor the Browning is not in GTA 5 either. The AK47, DerekLeet points out, is not the same one from GTA 5. The assault rifle from that game was referred to in the files as “W_AR_ASSAULTRIFLE” rather than “W_AR_AK47” – which was found in RDR2. While it might be an oversight from the Rockstar team, it could be clues for GTA 6.
If these turn out to be actual weapons in the game, we might be onto something interesting here. Firstly, all the weapons referenced were historically used by cartels in the 80s. The suggestion here is that that might in some way affect the setting of the game.
These references aren’t new either; they have been in the game since its release on console. Rockstar’s intentions with the files are not clear, but this could confirm that GTA 6 has been in early-phase development since at least some RDR2 development stage.
This is one of the first concrete pieces of news we’ve had about GTA 6 in a while. While the assumptions about the game are speculations, the files and records are real and are still in RDR 2.
It’s worth mentioning that Rockstar made a similar run-in with Max Payne 3 listing GTA 5 vehicles back in 2012.