Rockstar North, creator of Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption, recently released Red Dead Redemption 2 on their PC to give us an insight into the team's ability to handle next-generation technology. The current job posting on their website suggests that they are seriously looking into the next generation as they are currently looking for a programmer who can help build animation systems for a next-generation open-world game.
PlayStation Universe discovered is for an animation system programmer. Under the job description, Rockstar North says, "we are looking for an experienced, talented engineer to help us develop advanced animation systems for large, character-based, open-world games." Below, under the heading "What We Do", states that Rockstar "is a global team of programmers and researchers working together to extend the boundaries of character animation to next-generation hardware."
This is the first explicit reference we refer to. I've seen Rockstar North work on something for next-generation consoles. Their release has slowed down during this generation: Red Dead Redemption 2 is next to an improved version of Grand Theft Auto V the only completely original game that the developer has released for PS4 and Xbox One. Both titles offer online modes that Rockstar's parents have made company Take-Two Interactive, a lot of money for microtransactions.
Rockstar North may develop a next-generation version of Red Dead Redemption 2. However, the language used in the job ad indicates that work is being done on something new. Looking for someone to "develop, maintain, extend and support a rich runtime animation system, high-level pipeline and tools," and implement well-designed, robust, highly-optimized new animation system features that integrate our existing animation, gameplay, and AI systems.
The most likely next release of Rockstar North would be Grand Theft Auto 6. It's been five years since Grand Theft Auto V was released for PS4 and Xbox One year after the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions became Grand Theft Auto V. sold over 1