Game developer Rockstar has had to come out and confirm the authenticity of leaks for their upcoming game, Grand Theft Auto VI (GTA 6). The highly anticipated title saw heaps of screenshots and videos get shared around the internet, originating from one hacker who posted their findings to the GTA Forums.
Rockstar’s message details the illegal breach of their network to obtain the leaks, but they also reiterate how they don’t anticipate the leak will have any lasting impact on their current development or their continued work on their live game services. The full message can be seen below.
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— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) September 19, 2022
The leaks themselves have been a sore point throughout the industry, with other developers showing their support and condemning the behaviour. Niel Druckmann of Naughty Dog said via Twitter, “To my fellow devs out there affected by the latest leak, know that while it feels overwhelming right now, it’ll pass. One day we’ll be playing your game, appreciating your craft, and the leaks will be relegated to a footnote on a Wikipedia page. Keep pushing. Keep making art.”
The leaks showcased a lot of alpha footage of the game, including both its male and female protagonists in action, dialogue with NPCs, combat, driving, and pretty much anything the GTA series is known for. The leaks won’t be linked within this article, though they can be found pretty easily online for those who want to find them.
Due to GTA 6’s work-in-progress nature, some gamers have also been calling the game leaks disappointing. Of course, those in the know are quick to point out that much of a game’s polish won’t come until later in its development cycle. Games this early in development are not an accurate representation of what the final product would look like. Regardless, that fan disappointment may have led to a loss of publisher Take-Two’s share prices, with Gamespot reporting a 6% drop in share prices.
We’ll have more updates on Grand Theft Auto 6 as they emerge.