Since Rockstar Games confirmed in February that GTA 6 was in development, it’s been extremely quiet about the sequel to its mega-selling open world crime-’em-up. Not anymore.
A leaker has released a dump of footage from an early build of the game – and Rockstar Games has confirmed that the leaked footage of GTA 6 is real, saying in a tweet that it “had a network break-in” where someone was “prematurely”. has stolen. development images” of the game.
Rockstar claims the leak will have no “long-term effect” on the game’s development. That may seem obvious, but after an early version of Half-Life 2 was leaked during development, Valve decided to delay the release of the highly anticipated sequel by over a year, so there is shape for leaks leading to delays. lead.
“We are extremely disappointed that all the details of our next game are being shared with you in this way,” Rockstar wrote. “Our work on the next GTA will continue as planned and [we will] introduce you to this next game when it’s done.”
Since Rockstar hasn’t shown anything from GTA 6 or has previously committed to a release date, there’s less impact the leak could have. But it’s certainly a major frustration for the developer – with its famously staged game reveals – that so much about the upcoming game has been revealed and in such a messy way. Instead of a tightly choreographed game trailer, set to a perfectly chosen soundtrack, we instead have a dump of out-of-context clips from a game in development. Studio owners, the Houser brothers, won’t be happy.
What is not clear is what else was stolen in the leak. The most public aspect of the leak is the clips from GTA 6, but there could be player data, source code for GTA Online, or any number of other sensitive files. Rockstar says its live games won’t be affected by the leak, but anything that could endanger Rockstar’s players could be a real problem for the studio.
Expect Rockstar to be publicly silent besides this statement, but behind closed doors, corporate lawyers and investigators will work hard to figure out who is responsible and punish them for the damage they’ve caused. The German coder who leaked the Half-Life 2 source code was sentenced to four years’ probation for his crimes.
We’ll be bringing you more news about the leaks in the coming days.