In barely over six hours, the video rocketed to nearly 40 million views on YouTube.
“I feel like this GTA will lean much more into the absurdity of America, much more than GTA V did,” wrote a member of a Reddit forum devoted to spotting references in the trailer.
“Oh absolutely,” replied another member of the forum.
“Florida is the #1 craziest place in America, a place where you can get an AR-15 (assault rifle) and a free turkey with a roofing service. I’m so hyped.”
The opening scene of the GTA VI teaser features a female character named Lucia being freed from prison in what looks to be Florida, to the tune of “Love Is A Long Road,” by Tom Petty.
In one scenario, an alligator enters a small store through the front doors. Another shows a woman twerking on the roof of a moving automobile while wearing a swimming suit.
The typical GTA themes are also hinted at: police raids, vehicle collisions, arrests, and unlawful auto stunt gatherings that are known as “sideshows” in real life.
The male companion in crime is told by Lucia toward the end of the one-minute, thirty-second trailer, “The only way we are going to get through this, is by sticking together, being a team.”
The two then storm into a business, their lower faces covered with bandanas and their pistols pulled.
A “Bonnie and Clyde” style criminal duo, along with the first playable female character in Grand Theft Auto, were rumored to be real, as fans quickly deduced from the scene.
There were “major Bonnie and Clyde vibes,” as one Reddit user put it.
“Grand Theft Auto VI continues our efforts to push the limits of what’s possible in highly immersive, story-driven open-world experiences,” Rockstar founder Sam Houser said in a statement.
As per Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of Rockstar, GTA V was released ten years ago and has sold around 190 million copies. This makes it the best-selling game in the US for the previous ten years, considering sales in both units and dollars.
Take-Two claims that the entire Grand Theft Auto franchise has sold an astounding 410 million copies to date.
According to Wedbush analyst Nick McKay, the game’s predecessor, GTA V, and its current online multiplayer expansion have made close to $10 billion in sales.
A decade ago, GTA V was released along with an online multiplayer option.
“I can play according to the main storyline, or I can just explore the world and cause mayhem to fill the time,” McKay stated.