GTA V has been around for about 4 years now and it's currently making more money than ever. It might be a good idea to stop throwing money at the game if we want to see a GTA VI in our lifetime.
If you are wondering why Take Two and Rockstar are taking their sweet time with Red Dead Redemption 2, and there still isn't even the slightest hint at a GTA VI - wonder no more. It looks like GTA V is still printing money, so why hurry with sequels of any sort when you are sitting on a microtransaction diamond mine?
Take Two has published its quarterly fiscal report, and according to the company GTA Online has just had its "best quarter ever" between April and June 2017. GTA V has been floating around various sales charts for years now, and it doesn't look like it will stop selling anytime soon.
What is making everyone's eyes do that cash register thing like in old-timey cartoons isn't the number of copies sold, but the incredible amounts of money that microtransactions are making.
The recent Gunrunning update in particular seems to be raking it in by the boatload. Take Two were expecting the microtransaction revenue stream to even out eventually, but if their last financial quarter is anything to go by, 2017 might even break a few records.
Rockstar had a fairly reliable release rhythm before releasing nothing but GTA V and its accompanying DLC in all colours of the rainbow for the past 4 years. Why mess with a system that works, right? With their current flagship game performing as well as it is, the studio can take their sweet time with working on whatever it is they are working on, besides Red Dead Redemtion 2.