‘Grand Theft Auto 6’ is likely in production — but recent reports are inaccurate

The “Grand Theft Auto” video game series is ridiculously popular. The last game in the series, “Grand Theft Auto V,” moved more than 70 million units as of November 2016 — it originally launched in September 2013. Most entire game franchises never reach that kind of ridiculous number of units sold, let alone standalone games.

Given that, it wouldn’t be surprising to hear that the company behind “Grand Theft Auto” is working on the next entry in the series. It’s an expectation, even! But the recent reports of “Grand Theft Auto 6” based on a motion-capture actor’s resume are totally fake.

Grand Theft Auto 5 mod
‘Grand Theft Auto V,’ pictured here, has become especially popular on PC where players mod the game to look even better than it originally did. Josh Romito / Rockstar Games

The alleged resume of Tim Neff, an actor-for-hire who appears to has done some motion capture work, is to blame for the recent reports of “Grand Theft Auto 6” being in production. His fake resume even referred to the game as “Grand Theft Auto 6” — presumably the game will use the traditional Roman numerals it has in the past (“Grand Theft Auto VI”). Neff confirmed that the resume is fake over Twitter, repeatedly replying to people asking him about his involvement.

Though Neff did do some work in previous “Grand Theft Auto” games, he hasn’t been involved in production for a new “Grand Theft Auto” game. Of note: Rockstar Games hasn’t officially announced a new “Grand Theft Auto” game.

Tim Neff (resume)
An image of the faked resume. Neff is a professional actor who’s appeared in a variety of television shows and films. His full, actual resume is available on IMDB. Tim Neff

Other than the name “Grand Theft Auto 6” showing up on the faked resume, a new “Grand Theft Auto” game has never been officially announced or given a name. As such, there’s no information about one other than what we can safely guess based on past games.

It’s likely to be an open world-style game, for instance, and it’s likely to be set in the modern era; it’s also likely to be set in a major city, like New York or Los Angeles (albeit slightly fictionalized — Los Angeles became “San Andreas” in “Grand Theft Auto V,” for instance).

Rockstar declined our request for comment.

Update: This post has been updated to reflect the new information from Neff’s Twitter account, calling the résumé floating around the web as fake.