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According to information of the news agency Bloomberg, Rockstar's upcoming open-world title will feature the franchise's first female protagonist.

The Latina woman appears to be part of a duo inspired by the American crime couple Bonnie and Clyde (Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow) at the heart of the game's central storyline. The developers will also try to dispel some old rumors related to transphobia and will not attempt to make jokes about groups that have been historically marginalized, according to sources Bloomberg.

Rockstar's attempt to avoid "crunch time" (so called when developers work several hours over 40 hours a week to complete a game) has undoubtedly affected both the scope and release date of the game, according to Bloomberg's sources. GTA VI was supposed to cover large parts of North and South America, but was limited to a fictional version of Miami and the surrounding areas (Vice City). And while most financial analysts are talking about a release sometime between April 2023 and March 2024, Bloomberg's sources aren't so optimistic, saying that the title's completion is "at least" two years away.

The company has apparently revised the structure of its planning and management departments to reduce the need for excessive working hours. It has reportedly added several new members to its teams, created more vacation opportunities, and fired senior executives who were reportedly abusive or creating difficulties. Although whistleblowers Bloomberg described to the news agency's spokesman various bureaucratic problems and a certain degree of frustration over the little progress, many workers are said to be pleased with the reduced pressure.

At least there is enough financial room. GTA V and GTA Online have been a huge commercial success over the years. GTA V only dropped out of the NPD Group's top 20 annual best sellers list in 2020. Even that, however, was due to the fact that the NPD Group stopped tracking the digital sales of Rockstar's parent company, Take-Two. GTA Online, meanwhile, was so popular that Rockstar launched its GTA+ subscription service this year to capitalize on the game's avid fans. 

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