In an unprecedented leak, greater than 90 videos of the in-development Grand Theft Auto 6 have surfaced on-line. The leaker posted the videos on GTAForums below the username teapotuberhacker. They claimed to have accessed them straight from Rockstar Games’ inner Slack.
The videos present robberies, gunplay, open-world driving, and conversations with full voice appearing. The footage seems to substantiate a current report from Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier that the sport can be set in a fictionalized Miami — presumably the Vice City of GTA lore — and have a playable feminine character. The sport is clearly in growth, with debug programming components seen on-screen, however has many working options.
Right from the beginning there was little doubt over the authenticity of the videos — they had been of a scale and element that might be subsequent to unimaginable to faux. Schreier subsequently wrote on Twitter that Rockstar sources had confirmed to him that the leak of “early and unfinished” footage was actual, and mentioned the situation was a “nightmare” for Rockstar.
At time of writing, the videos are nonetheless out there to obtain from hyperlinks within the unique submit on GTA Forums, though Rockstar’s guardian firm Take-Two Interactive has began to challenge copyright claims towards videos on YouTube and social media networks with the intention to take away them from view. The videos have been so broadly distributed already that Take-Two’s attorneys could also be preventing a dropping battle in attempting to clean them from the web.
In whole, there are about 50 minutes of footage. Many of the clips are very transient. One of the longer videos, about three minutes lengthy, reveals the feminine participant character robbing a diner, threatening workers and clients, who react in concern to having a gun pulled on them. Then she and her male confederate get in a shootout with police earlier than leaping within the police patrol automobile and driving off. The graphical therapy is sort of lifelike, however nonetheless according to the GTA home model.
The phrases Vice City might be seen in some clips. At one level, the feminine character enters a strip membership stuffed with a dense crowd. Further videos present capturing and dialog techniques.
The leaker mentioned it was “possible” they might launch supply code of GTA 5 and GTA 6, and even a check construct of GTA 6. On the boards, they took questions referring to the supply code, and appeared to share legally delicate info referring to an ongoing court docket case over cheat mods for GTA Online.
Even if the leaker doesn’t observe by and launch supply code or a playable construct, that is nonetheless a extremely damaging leak for Rockstar on a scale that has seldom, if ever, been seen. Rockstar solely confirmed earlier this 12 months that GTA 6 was in “active development.” The Bloomberg report claimed work on the sport had begun in 2014, after GTA 5’s launch, however that progress was sluggish and GTA 6 was unlikely to see launch earlier than 2024. Changes in firm tradition at Rockstar are mentioned to have lowered extra time for builders and altered the tone of the sport itself, with humor that’s much less prone to punch down at marginalized teams.
Update: The hacker claiming duty for the leak has responded within the GTA Forums thread, asking for anybody who works for Rockstar Games or guardian firm Take-Two Interactive to contact them. “i am looking to negotiate a deal,” they mentioned.
GTA VI leaker says they’ve woken as much as 1000’s of messages and are calling on folks from Rockstar/Take Two to contact them. pic.twitter.com/cnPs57NAt7
— Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo) September 18, 2022