Grand Theft Auto VI leak reveals early gameplay, Rockstar acknowledges network intrusion

Grand Theft Auto VI leak reveals early gameplay, Rockstar acknowledges network intrusion

Grand Theft Auto VI leak reveals early gameplay, Rockstar acknowledges network intrusion

Gameplay footage of Grand Theft Auto VI was posted online Sunday in what amounts to one of the biggest video game leaks in history. It is the long-awaited sequel to Grand Theft Auto Vwhich is one of the most successful games in history, having sold 169 million copies and generated over $6 billion in revenue since its initial release in 2013.

Developer Rockstar acknowledged Monday that it “suffered a network intrusion in which an unauthorized third party illegally accessed and downloaded confidential information” that included early development footage for the next Grand Theft Auto.

“We are extremely disappointed to have any details about our next game shared with you all in this way,” the studio wrote in a tweet. “Our work on the next Grand Theft Auto game will continue as planned, and we remain equally committed to delivering an experience to you, our players, that truly exceeds your expectations.”

The leak should not disrupt the live gaming services or have any long-term effect on the development of ongoing projects, it noted.

Grand Theft Auto VI had not been shown to the public in any form, although developer Rockstar noted back in February that it had working on a sequel. The game is reportedly at least two years away from release.

A user on GTAforums appears to be behind the leak and posted nearly 100 videos of the game in action, which were later removed by moderators. Copies of the videos posted on Twitter were also removed in response to copyright reports.

Unlike official gameplay trailers we’re used to seeing, these videos feature unfinished elements, including placeholder textures and unfinished character models. Many of them are short. One, which is a bit more extensive, shows a male and female character robbing a diner. Others feature a woman visiting a strip club; one clip shows a poolside conversation. This is very par for the course in Grand Theft Auto games, which all have missions in the same way.

The addition of a female playable character also reflects much of what was reported by Bloomberg journalist Jason Schreier about Grand Theft Auto VI. Other details, such as the game’s setting in the fictional Vice City (previously seen in 2002’s GTA Vice City), appear to be confirmed in the leaked footage.

Before Rockstar’s tweet, Schreier said he had confirmed on Sunday that they had leaked the footage was real.

Some gamers, used to polished footage of upcoming releases, reacted negatively to the early leaks, but games in early development usually look that way. Rockstar has reportedly been working on Grand Theft Auto VI since 2014. At this point, no one knows exactly how old this footage is, but as The Verge noted, the game appears to be running on RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3080 cards, meaning the construction cannot be older than two years. With the game still years away from release, this fits: Big-budget video games that far from release rarely look finished.

Hacking group Lapsus$ was apparently behind the leak, and ride-hailing company Uber blamed it an attack on the computer network last week. It was responsible for similar breaches at Microsoft, Cisco, Samsung, Nvidia, Okta and others in 2022.

Rockstar did not respond to CNET’s request for comment.

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