GTA 6 fans in uproar as Rockstar reportedly removes Russian characters from game

The upcoming instalment of the Grand Theft Auto series, GTA 6, is rumoured to be undergoing major script changes in response to Russia's war in Ukraine.

According to GTA 6 News and Leaks, a Rockstar Games insider claims that "a prominent Russian character has been removed from GTA VI due to the Ukraine invasion".

The character in question was supposed to "have ties to the Russian government" and be a billionaire, as well as resemble a character from John Wick.

Other Russian characters and references to Russia have also reportedly been cut from the game, as Rockstar follows the example of other companies that have removed Russian references from their products.

Fans of Rockstar's multi-billion pound franchise are fuming, and have taken to Twitter to criticise the unconfirmed rumour.

One user said: "Rockstar has changed for the worst it's sad it was a great company."

If true, it could mark a major departure from previous instalments in the series, which are known for their no-holds-barred approach to controversial and adult content.

GTA IV, a previous instalment in the series, featured a prominent Russian character in the form of antagonist Vlad Glebov.

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In February, Rockstar Games finally confirmed that GTA 6 is under development.

In a 'Grand Theft Auto Community Update', it said: "With the unprecedented longevity of GTA V, we know many of you have been asking us about a new entry in the Grand Theft Auto series.

"With every new project we embark on, our goal is always to significantly move beyond what we have previously delivered — and we are pleased to confirm that active development for the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series is well underway.

Details of the forthcoming game are still under wraps, but many rumours point to it being set around the Miami-like Vice City, which was the setting of an earlier Grand Theft Auto game of the same name.

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