The gameplay of Grand Theft Auto VI was posted online on Sunday, one of the biggest video game leaks in history. This is a long-awaited sequelwhich is one of the most successful games in history, selling 169 million copies and generating over $ 6 billion in revenue since its release in 2013.
Developer Rockstar admitted on Monday that it “suffered a network hack in which an unauthorized third party illegally accessed and downloaded confidential information,” which included early tapes of the development of the next Grand Theft Auto.
“We are so disappointed that we have made all the details of our next game available to you this way,” the studio tweeted. “Our work on the next Grand Theft Auto game will continue as planned and we remain committed as always to providing you, our players, an experience that truly exceeds your expectations.”
He noted that the leak should not disrupt live gaming services or have any long-term impact on the development of ongoing projects.
Grand Theft Auto VI has not been shown to the public in any form, although developer Rockstar noted in February that it did working on a sequel. The game is said to be at least two years old since its premiere.
It seems a user on GTAforums is behind the leak, who posted nearly 100 videos of the game in action, which were later removed by the moderators. Copies of videos posted on Twitter have also been removed in response to copyright notices.
Unlike the official gameplay trailers we’re used to, these videos feature unfinished pieces, including alternate textures and unfinished character models. Many of them are short. One, slightly more elaborate one, shows a male and a female figure robbing a restaurant. Others show a woman visiting a strip club; one clip shows a conversation by the pool. This is very similar to the course in Grand Theft Auto games, all of which feature missions in a similar vein.
Additionit also reflects much of what Bloomberg journalist Jason Schreier reported on Grand Theft Auto VI. Other details, such as the game’s location in the fictional Vice City (previously seen in 2002 in GTA Vice City) seem to corroborate in the material disclosed.
Prior to Rockstar’s tweet, Schreier said he confirmed on Sunday that the material was leaked he was real.
Some gamers, used to the polished footage of upcoming releases, reacted negatively to the early leaks, but early-stage games usually look like this. Rockstar has reportedly been working on Grand Theft Auto VI since 2014. At this point, no one knows exactly how old this material is, but as The Verge pointed out, the game seems to run on the RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3080 cards, meaning it can’t be more than two years old. Since the game is still years old since launch, it fits: high-budget video games that are far from being released rarely look finished.
Apparently, the hacker group Lapsus $ was behind the leak, and Uber blamed it onlast week. He was responsible for similar violations by Microsoft, Cisco, Samsung, Nvidia, Okta, and others in 2022.
Rockstar did not respond to CNET’s request for comment.