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It hasn't been long since GTA 6 was released and eventually ported on to PC. While fans are joining the mayhem that they could cause on the streets of San Andreas and the fictional city of Los Santos, the thought "what's next for GTA?" has also popped up in one or two inquisitive minds off late.

Recently, we reported exclusively that not only is GTA 6 already in development but will be bigger than GTA 5. While the news came straight from an insider on the matter, it seems like there's more fuel to reignite the fire, as the real reason for the game to take five years to complete may have been revealed.

There's a new MoviePilot report making rounds on the web, claiming that the next GTA in line could actually end up mapping the whole of the United States for the new game. While everything related to the matter has to be taken with a pinch of salt, the report sounds somewhat credible, if going by Rockstar's track record with GTA.

The report doesn't really put forward credible claims on whether or not Rockstar is actually looking to map the entire US of A, but makes assumptions on the matter, taking cues from the previously released The Crew from Ubisoft, an open-world game that never really mattered to anyone.

For the record, The Crew took the full of the US and made it into a smaller, navigable map, which took about an hour and a half to drive straight across, says the report. However, taking cues from that, and with Rockstar's in-house experience in open-worlds, it may not be that tough an ordeal for the company.

But loading the entire country into one nifty navigable map could have its own problems. "Loading the entirety of the USA would have its issues. I mean, driving from one city to another could be a real chore, especially if it's just filled with country side and nothing much to do in between," the report adds.

Even if the above report eventually turns out to be true, the main concern for players will be on how to travel from point A to B in a map that would look so extensive. Would Rockstar employ the fast-travel mechanism, or look for a more conventional way of travel (cars), although it sounds a tad difficult.  

On the more optimistic side of things, we don't have much doubt about the fact that a GTA 6 will indeed happen in the future. And our belief on the matter was further solidified after our unnamed insider revealed the next GTA title will take at least five years before it can go gold, and that the game will be twice the size of GTA 5.

A five-year timeframe, twice the size of GTA 5 and now, mapping the whole of the USA: all the claims are somehow fitting into place, aren't they? But then again, nothing can be said with confidence until we come across something related to the matter straight from the horse's mouth.

Stay tuned for more updates!