It’s been three weeks and change since Rockstar Games played Santa Claus by giving everyone their first look at Grand Theft Auto 6 ahead of its vague 2025 release date. In that time, thirsty fans have watched the record-setting trailer more than 160 million times, which was apparently more than enough research to recreate the video in just about every game, style, and format under the sun.
Let’s start with a few no-brainers: Grand Theft Auto 6 recreated in previous Grand Theft Auto games.
RavenwestR1 used various mods to replicate every major scene from the trailer in Grand Theft Auto 5. I particularly enjoy Michael de Santa, Franklin Clinton, and Trevor Philips making cameos as random denizens of Vice City.
What if Grand Theft Auto 6 took place in Liberty City and starred Grand Theft Auto 4 protagonist Niko Bellic? It might look something like this:
And finally, someone reimagined Grand Theft Auto 6 as my personal favorite game in the series, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
Grand Theft Auto sister series Red Dead Redemption 2 also got in on the fun, but I couldn’t pick a favorite.
At its prime, the Saints Row series was Grand Theft Auto’s most popular and successful competitor, so on some level it only makes sense to recreate the Grand Theft Auto 6 trailer using Saints Row 2.
The possibilities are endless from there. Fortnite? Sure!
Minecraft? Why not!
The Sims 4? Okay!
Garry’s Mod? It’s an older meme, but it checks out.
The most impressive, however, is arguably Grand Theft Auto 6 made in actual Lego, stop-motion style.
Being an old, I’m also partial to folks transporting Grand Theft Auto 6 back in time using, for example, graphics modeled after the original PlayStation…
…playing the trailer through an early 2000s CRT television…
…and dreaming up a retro-futuristic world where the far-off game was somehow released in 1956.
And finally, I can’t not shout out this trailer made entirely of stock footage, which creator Simply said was “surprisingly easy.”
It’s amusing how recognizable the Grand Theft Auto 6 reveal’s format and rhythm has become online despite the relatively short time it’s been around, but I guess this is just another testament to how fast the internet moves these days. And if nothing else, at least a whole new generation is learning to appreciate the music of Tom Petty, which is always a win in my book.