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GTA 6 animals

GTA 6 animals

With Rockstar's previous game creating vast ecosystems, what GTA 6 animals can we expect to see, and will there be hunting?

Rockstar Games have created some of the most detailed and functional ecosystems in all of videogaming history, making many wonder if GTA 6 animals will have a similar complexity or if animals will remain an afterthought. The GTA 6 trailer gave us a picturesque view of numerous GTA 6 locations, and our first glimpse at the animals that will populate the GTA 6 map.

Confirmed GTA 6 animals

The GTA 6 trailer confirmed the presence of numerous animal species including:

  • Birds
    • Duck
    • Flamingo
    • Pelican
    • Seagull
    • Stork (possibly a Wood Stork)
  • Fish
    • Dolphin
    • Shark (unknown species)
  • Mammals
    • Dog
      • Chihuahua
  • Reptiles
    • Alligator
    • Sea turtle
    • Iguana

What do animals do in GTA 6?

When it came to Rockstar Games’ previous work in Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2), animals could be hunted for pelts, feathers, and other materials which could be sold for cash, or crafted into various items and clothing options. In addition, there were a number of legendary animal variants which were significantly harder to hunt and provided unique clothing rewards.

Beyond being mere hunting targets, RDR2 animals fleshed out the vast sweeping environments and biomes across the map. These animals behaved realistically, and it wouldn’t be rare to see animals on their own hunts such as when eagles would swoop down and grab a snake hiding in the grass.

However, animals have had a nebulous role in Grand Theft Auto games. GTA 5, which released in 2013, featured a limited selection of animals and, while there was a set of hunting missions, there was no collection of materials which you could then sell. This is likely due to a limitation in technology at the time of GTA 5’s development, given that RDR2 released in 2018, so it’s wholly possible that GTA 6 will feature a more sophisticated ecosystem than its older counterparts.

But at the same time, will it? Will GTA 6 have an ecosystem as complex as RDR2? Will GTA 6 have the same hunting mechanics? On the surface, the potential is certainly there, but there is one major caveat to consider: GTA 6’s setting. Whereas RDR2 was set in the Wild West, GTA 6 is set in modern times, so it doesn’t seem likely that players will be hunting down a lot of animals within GTA 6’s major cities. Similarly, it doesn’t seem likely that Lucia or Jason will be skinning animals by the side of the road (not unless GTA 6 allows you to cook roadkill).

Ultimately, it’ll be some time before Rockstar Games gives official word on how animals will play a part in their upcoming Grand Theft Auto experience, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled for any GTA 6 leaks and rumors that might shed more light on how animals fit into GTA 6.