Since confirming that GTA 6 was in development back in February, Rockstar Games has been extremely quiet in the wake of its mega-selling open world crime. No more.
A leaker has released a dump of footage from an early version of the game – and Rockstar Games has confirmed that the leaked GTA 6 footage is real, saying in a tweet that it “suffered a network hack” in which someone stole development footage” of the game. match.
Rockstar claims the leak will have no “long-term effect” on the game’s development. This might seem obvious, but after an early version of Half-Life 2 was leaked during development, Valve decided to push back the release of its long-awaited sequel by over a year, so there’s a way for leaks to lead to delays.
“We are extremely disappointed to have any details of our upcoming game shared with you in this way,” writes Rockstar. “Our work on the next GTA will continue as planned and [we will] introduce you to this next game when it’s ready.”
Since Rockstar hasn’t shown anything from GTA 6 or previously committed to a release date, there’s less of an impact the leak could have. But it’s certainly a huge frustration for the developer – with their famous stage-managed game reveals – that so much about the upcoming game has been revealed and in such a confusing way. Instead of a well-choreographed game trailer, set with a perfectly chosen soundtrack, we have a dump of out-of-context clips from a game in development. The studio owners, the Houser brothers, will not be pleased.
What is unclear is what else was stolen in the leak. The most public aspect of the leak is the GTA 6 clips, but there could be player data, GTA Online source code, or any other confidential files. Rockstar says its live games will not be affected by the leak, but anything that could compromise Rockstar players could be a real problem for the studio.
Expect Rockstar to be publicly silent beyond this statement, but behind closed doors, the company’s lawyers and investigators will be working hard to find out who is responsible and punish them for the damage they caused. The German coder who leaked the Half-Life 2 source code has been sentenced to four years probation for his crimes.
We will bring you more news about the leaks in the coming days.