UPDATE: The official details on the upcoming GTA Online Update have been revealed! The DLC will be called "The Cayo Perico Heist Update" and is coming December 15. Click here for all the revealed details!

The long-anticipated Grand Theft Auto Online map expansion DLC is almost on us, and it looks like we're heading to Southern America or Europe!

Earlier today, Rockstar released a short teaser for what they claim to be the largest update GTA Online has ever seen! Here, I'm going to share some of the most interesting screenshots and discuss my theories based on what Rockstar has shown us.

The teaser was titled "El Rubio Dossier" - Suggesting it is a police or government file about a criminal organisation. This could perhaps lead to us once again working with the FIB, or in our own interests, to take down an enemy criminal organisation, with the return of characters like Martin Madrazo returning to assist us in the greatest heist yet.

The Map

el rubio map

The first thing to discuss about a map expansion, is obviously the map. One of the scenes shows a quick glimpse of the island we'll be travelling to on the right of the UI. Appearing somewhat tropical, and far from the Catalina-based theories many of the community has brought up.

Of course, it isn't a high resolution image, so features can be quite hard to make out, but the main area seems to be around the size of Paleto Bay, Chilliad and Grapeseed combined, with some extra room to spare. It consists of what appears to be two main islands, one being the larger crescent-shaped island, with a smaller one in the cove to the north, between two peninsulas.

There doesn't seem to be any clear main city or town, but some lighter clusters on the right peninsula and at the bottom left could turn out to be the main island settlements.

Some people believe the island will be called "El Rubio", but I believe this is not the case:

The Story

el rubio john doe

One screenshot we get shows a John Doe (I've seen a lot of people confused about this, a 'John Doe' is the term for an unidentified corspe) washed up on the beach of Los Santos, along with a briefcase. You can see these ingame as of now, across many beach locations at the south of Los Santos.

The interesting part about this screenshot, however, is the information based on him -- His last contact was at LSIA, and he is a known affiliate of 'El Rubio' - Implying that it is not a location, but rather a crime family or an underground organisation.

The Hub, or the Target

el rubio villa

One screenshot shows a large riverside villa, which could be one of three things;

  • A random part of the scenery with no real gameplay involved, just serving as a set piece for one mission.
  • The main target for the finale of the heist, perhaps holding important documents, gold, drugs, or something else?
  • The main hub where our characters will be staying, featuring hotel rooms and a safe social space for everybody to stay.

The villa bolsters many different buildings, pools, and luxury decks with incredible ocean views, and seems like a great place to stay. If only I could go there in real life.


el rubio tower

In the same frame we saw the exciting map reveal, we're shown a tower in the middle of what seems to be a palm forest. The tower could be used for spotting wild fires, or sniping any pesky enemies trying to breach your criminal enterprise.

Due to the high up nature of this image, you can see how far the island spreads, with immersive fog filling the distance. If it wasn't for the green filter, I'm sure we'd be seeing the beautiful tropical colours of the surrounding environments.


el rubio farms

el rubio farms 2

In these final two screenshots, you can see two different angles of the same farm located somewhere on the island. You can tell it's the same based upon the road layout around the main sheltered areas. This may be your typical fruit or tobacco farm, or something a little more illegal if the island is run by local gangs. It's hard to tell what these would be used for, but perhaps a mission where we burn the produce much like in Red Dead Redemption 2's assault on Caliga Hall with Sean could be what we're about to see.

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