It's been about two years since Grand Theft Auto 5 was released, so it was soon to be time for the next installment. The latest news on that, according to a source from TechRadar, is that the next GTA is actually on the way. And, according to the source, Rockstar originally had the Idea of taking Grand Theft Auto to Tokyo, Japan.
The idea soon had its plug pulled and nothing came of it, as the game was being talked about around the time of Grand Theft Auto 3 and Vice City. Possibly due to the plan being too problematic, as the source pointed out to TechRadar:
Before working on a new game Rockstar carries out reference trips to take pictures, meet locals, and generally get a feel for the area.
Our source said that Rockstar was "serious" about the idea of making a Tokyo version however the road system was seen to be problematic and became one reason the idea was canned.
Our source added that, as time has gone on, Rockstar has realised the difficulty in moving Grand Theft Auto outside of the USA, where it has firmly embedded itself. There are a number of series staples, from brands to cars, that Rockstar would likely have to change if a future GTA was set somewhere else.
They also pointed out that Rockstar had trademarked other names for future games back in 2003:
In December 2003, Take-Two Interactive actually filed trademarks for GTA: Tokyo, GTA: Bogota as well as the particularly mysterious Grand Theft Auto: Sin City.
Surely these rumors couldn't mean much regarding what can come from them in the future. It's been 13 years and still no shift from the US. I mean, I'm not saying these other games couldn't ever happen, but for now it seems highly unlikely.
In even bigger news, this same talkative source has also claimed that preliminary work is indeed under way on Grand Theft Auto 6.
Finally, it is true that Rockstar is planning another Grand Theft Auto game in the wake of the huge success that was GTA 5. The game did sell over 60 million copies after all, so of course they would follow up. It's been two years since the game has been released, so putting in the work already is pretty smart.
Naturally, the game is still being enjoyed by many, mostly due to the expansive work with GTA Online. This gives Rockstar plenty of time to get their next installment just right before dropping into the hands of the players.