GTA 6’s Vice City is already being mapped out by fans

A collage showing a screenshot of Vice City Remastered with a map of the city over it.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Definitive Edition
image, Rockstar Games / Kotaku / Bardocz Peter (Shutterstock)

Earlier this week, early development footage of the next grand theft auto game, supposed Grand Theft Auto VI, leaked all over the internet, You probably already know about all of that. Since then, leaked footage and sites have been difficult to find—including my box— Not able to show leaked footage or screenshots. But that hasn’t stopped a dedicated group GTA Fans can get together in as many different locations as they can using math, MS Paint, Google Earth and teamwork in an effort to map as much of the new Vice City and its surroundings.

Back in November 2011, Rockstar Games released the first trailer for the then unpublished gta v, The hype around the game exploded and the very next day, users of the GTA forums began combing through that trailer in an attempt to map the game’s virtual world. Over the next two years—as Rockstar released more screenshots, trailers, previews, and more—fans continued to spend hours and hours every day researching and compiling the data. And as it turned out, the final map they all made Almost exactly matched the actual in-game world before the game was officially released gta v, Impressive Stuff! And now, a decade later, fans are coming together once again to map out the next grand theft auto world before it was officially released. However, this time things are different.

Previously, fans used official trailers and screenshots to help piece together parts of Los Santos. This time, all content fans are ready to map out this new take on Vice City comes from a leak that Rockstar and Take-Two Interactive are actively trying to suppress using legal action and DMCA takedowns. This has made things difficult and created a new problem for enthusiastic cartographers: how do you collaborate and map a virtual world if someone can’t share images of that virtual world online? GTA Fans are a clever and dedicated bunch, though, and they’ve come up with a few solutions.

The first and most basic way is to completely avoid incorporating leaks into your work. rather than, on GTA forumsUsers are using Google Earth images as an alternative to screenshots. And to help provide context for some of these photos, some users have even opened up to Microsoft Paint. raw extract But useful entertainment of moments seen in Groove GTA VI footage, So far, it seems to have been allowed by the admins in the GTA forums, where some of this collaboration is taking place. (Previously, a thread trying to map Vice City was closed after leaked gameplay images were included.)

However, this limitation has disappointed some dedicated cartographers who want to be as precise and accurate as possible in their efforts. And others just have trouble dancing around the content restrictions. Many people have moved to private Discord servers where they can freely share leaked screenshots and footage. It wasn’t even an option in 2011 gta v Because there was no conflict.

सबसे लोकप्रिय मैपिंग डिस्कॉर्ड सर्वरों में से एक में, लोग पहले से ही बहुत प्रगति कर रहे हैं। लीक हुए फ़ुटेज में कई उपयोगी डेटा शामिल हैं, जैसे इन-गेम निर्देशांक, जिसने मैपर को यह पता लगाने में बहुत मदद की है Where are the different places in relation to each other.

An image of the latest map floating in front of a screenshot of GTA: Vice City.

The latest version of a community map as of 9/21/2022.
image, Church of GTA / Rockstar / Kotaku

We’re just days away from the leak and we already have a pretty solid, if somewhat empty, version of what Vice City might look like in the final game. This latest map user was created by Church of GTA with the help of over 100 other users. it uses gta v And Rockstar’s own engine measurements help figure out the scale compared to Los Santos. So far, it looks like it could turn out to be a pretty big map.

Everyone on the Discord servers and GTA forums provide different feedback and information. Some look for landmarks in leaked material and then try to triangulate their location. Based on leaked footage and other pieces of math, Meanwhile, some users comb through each frame of leaked footage, pulling out in-game mini-maps to help create map pieces that can then be stitched together. and others GTA Fans are using their real, real-world knowledge of Florida and Miami to fill in gaps, provide information about highways and old buildings or collapsed streets.

Church of GTA Jokingly told me they were excited that I would share the latest version of their map as it might help make all the hours spent on it “worth it”. Jokes aside, all this detective work isn’t easy. In fact, it takes a lot of time and effort, with some people already claiming that they have spent hours and hours tracking down a piece of graffiti or a landmark. But for many of these people, it’s a blast to discover what could end up being a virtual world they spend years at a time. GTA VI is finally issued.

Of course, that’s where I’ll mention that all this leaked material is from a version still in development. GTA VI And so it is all subject to change. In fact, this was something that happened during the last attempt to map Los Santos. Minor changes to the world are occasionally noticed by users during development, forcing them to change their own maps for the game’s release in 2012. It is likely that the same thing will happen here.

But for now, these players are giving us our first real look at what Vice City and the surrounding area can be like. And considering how close they all came together last time, I’m excited to see what they’re adding between now and GTA VIis the launch of.

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