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GTA 6 will not be attending Summer Game Fest 2022. We’re not surprised

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Sorry folks, GTA 6 won’t be making an appearance at Summer Game Fest, host Geoff Keighley has confirmed.

The blow to GTA 6 hopefuls comes after Keighley posted an image (opens in new tab) on Twitter showing some of the social media platform’s most popular search terms around ‘#SummerGameFest’. Other than ‘#SummerGameFest,’ the most searched terms on Twitter were ‘#SummerGameFest leak and ‘#SummerGameFest GTA’.

The ‘leak’ term is likely being utilized by Twitter users to search for the abundance of leaks that have already come out ahead of the show, including images and videos of unconfirmed Street Fighter 6 characters and rumors that Kojima is working on a new horror game called Overdose. The ‘gta” hashtag suggests that Grand Theft Auto lovers are eager to learn more about the anticipated sequel to the crime ’em-up.

Unfortunately, for eager fans, Geoff Keighley confirmed in his tweet that a GTA 6 trailer won’t be revealed at the Summer Game Fest showcase on June 9.

Most popular Twitter search terms…Sorry we also aren’t revealing a GTA6 trailer.Breaking hearts tonight, I know.#SummerGameFest pic.twitter.com/LA5LVsFfI1June 9, 2022

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News that Grand Theft Auto 6 won’t be making an appearance at the Summer Game Fest showcase isn’t really a surprise. Although fans have been eager to learn more about Grand Theft Auto 6 since its February announcement, it is not surprising that they won’t be able to see it at the Summer Game Fest showcase.

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first: it’s likely we won’t get our hands on GTA 6 until sometime between 2024 and 2025. Rockstar Games may not have confirmed a release date or window, but as reported back in May 2020, parent company Take-Two Interactive’s financial earnings report (opens in new tab) from that year shows that the company expects to spend $89 million on marketing between April 2023 and the end of March 2024 – that’s a huge spike. As the report points out, it’s more than half the marketing budget expected for any other fiscal year over the next decade, indicating we could we GTA 6 release in that period.

Earlier this year, when Take-Two Interactive detailed its planned acquisition of mobile game company Zynga, it shared a note stating that “the combined company is expected to deliver a 14% compound annual growth rate… over the three-year period from Take-Two’s Fiscal Years 2021 through 2024”. Analysts believed that this could be a sign that Rockstar is preparing to release a major IP.

But, as we know, the only thing that is constant is change, and a lot can change between now and 2024. We have seen a lot of delays in games over the last year.

That’s why we’re more inclined to believe leaker Tom Henderson’s predicted (opens in new tab) 2024/2025 release window (which has been corroborated (opens in new tab) by Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier). We could still see delays in the future, however. GTA 6 won’t be available for quite some time.

So, based on the predicted release window, when could we find out more details? Well, if a 2024 release window is on the cards then we expect Rockstar Games will start sharing information next year, but we don’t expect a reveal as big as GTA 6 to be sandwiched between other announcements at something like Summer Game Fest. Rockstar Games’ announcement of GTA 6 was less loud than it should have been, but we expect the developer to host a showcase or announcement about Grand Theft Auto 6 once it is ready.

Based on previous announcements, we imagine the developer may simply tease a reveal and then drop a trailer that breaks the internet.

Either way, don’t expect GTA 6 news anytime soon and certainly don’t expect it at Summer Game Fest.

Vic Hood

Vic is TechRadar Gaming’s Associate Editor. Vic is an award-winning games journalist who brings to TechRadar Gaming’s table experience from Eurogamer, IGN and other gaming publications. You might have heard Vic speak on the radio, or on a panel. Vic is passionate about gaming, but she is also a committed mental health advocate. She has been on podcasts and panels to talk about mental health awareness. Follow Vic on Twitter to see more.

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FIFA 23 lets you turn off commentary pointing out how bad you are

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FIFA 23 might be the best game soccer game yet for terrible sports fans, as it lets you turn off commentary that criticizes your bad playing.

Now that the early access FIFA 23 release time has passed, EA Play and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can hop into the game ahead of its full release. But as Eurogamer (opens in new tab) spotted, they’ll find a peculiar option waiting for them.

FIFA 23 includes a toggle to turn off ‘Critical Commentary’. The setting lets you silence all negative in-match comments made about your technique, so you can protect your precious ego even when you miss an open goal or commit an obvious foul. The more positive commentary won’t be affected. 

Spare your feelings

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The feature looks tailored toward children and new players, who don’t want to have their confidence wrecked within mere minutes of picking up the controller. But even experienced players who just so happen to be terrible at the game might benefit.

It’s not perfect, though. According to Eurogamer, the feature didn’t seem to work during a FIFA Ultimate Team Division Rivals match, with critical comments slipping through the filter. Still, who hasn’t benefited from a light grilling every now and then?

Polite commentary isn’t the only new addition in FIFA 23. It’s the first game in the series to include women’s club football teams, and fancy overhauled animations that take advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S’s new-gen hardware. EA will be hoping to end on a high, as FIFA 23 will be the last of its soccer games to release with the official FIFA licence.

If disabling critical commentary doesn’t improve your soccer skills, maybe building a squad of Marvel superheroes will. Although you might not do much better with Ted Lasso wandering the pitch.

FIFA 23 is set to fully release this Friday, September 30.

Callum is TechRadar Gaming’s News Writer. You’ll find him whipping up stories about all the latest happenings in the gaming world, as well as penning the odd feature and review. Before coming to TechRadar, he wrote freelance for various sites, including Clash, The Telegraph, and Gamesindustry.biz, and worked as a Staff Writer at Wargamer. Strategy games and RPGs are his bread and butter, but he’ll eat anything that spins a captivating narrative. He also loves tabletop games, and will happily chew your ear off about TTRPGs and board games. 

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Google Pixel 7 price leak suggests Google is totally out of touch

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We’re starting to hear more and more Google Pixel 7 leaks, with the launch of the phone just a week away, but tech fans might be getting a lot of déjà vu, with the leaks all listing near-identical specs to what we heard about the Pixel 6 a year ago.

It sounds like the new phones – a successor to the Pixel 6 Pro is also expected – could be very similar to their 2021 predecessors. And a new price leak has suggested that the phones’ costs could be the same too, as a Twitter user spotted the Pixel 7 briefly listed on Amazon (before being promptly taken down, of course).

Google pixel 7 on Amazon US. $599.99.It is still showing up in search cache but the listing gives an error if you click on it. We have the B0 number to keep track of though!#teampixel pic.twitter.com/w5Z09D28YESeptember 27, 2022

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According to these listings, the Pixel 7 will cost $599 while the Pixel 7 Pro will cost $899, both of which are identical to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro starting prices. The leak doesn’t include any other region prices, but in the UK the current models cost £599 and £849, while in Australia they went for AU$999 and AU$1,299.

So it sounds like Google is planning on retaining the same prices for its new phones as it sold the old ones for, a move which doesn’t make much sense.


Analysis: same price, new world

Google’s choice to keep the same price points is a little curious when you consider that the specs leaks suggest these phones are virtually unchanged from their predecessors. You’re buying year-old tech for the same price as before.

Do bear in mind that the price of tech generally lowers over time, so you can readily pick up a cheaper Pixel 6 or 6 Pro right now, and after the launch of the new ones, the older models will very likely get even cheaper.

But there’s another key factor to consider in the price: $599 might be the same number in 2022 as it was in 2021, but with the changing global climate, like wars and flailing currencies and cost of living crises, it’s a very different amount of money.

Some people just won’t be willing to shell out the amount this year, that they may have been able to last year. But this speaks to a wider issue in consumer tech.

Google isn’t the only tech company to completely neglect the challenging global climate when pricing its gadgets: Samsung is still releasing super-pricey folding phones, and the iPhone 14 is, for some incomprehensible reason, even pricier than the iPhone 13 in some regions. 

Too few brands are actually catering to the tough economic times many are facing right now, with companies increasing the price of their premium offerings to counter rising costs, instead of just designing more affordable alternatives to flagships.

These high and rising prices suggest that companies are totally out of touch with their buyers, and don’t understand the economic hardship troubling many.

We’ll have to reach a breaking point sooner or later, either with brands finally clueing into the fact that they need to release cheaper phones, or with customers voting with their wallets by sticking to second-hand or refurbished devices. But until then, you can buy the best cheap phones to show that cost is important to you.

Tom’s role in the TechRadar team is to specialize in phones and tablets, but he also takes on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK.

He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working in TechRadar freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. Outside of TechRadar he works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.

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