In what could be one of the biggest gaming bombshells of all time, Rockstar Games’ upcoming GTA 6 has suffered a major leak, revealing footage of an early build of the release and loads of unfinished gameplay. While this new leak seems to confirm certain previously rumoured elements, it also does dampen all the surprises the developers had in store for players. Grand Theft Auto 6 is among the most hyped and talked about video games on the planet, with speculation over the plot, characters and release date brewing long before its existence was even confirmed.
Rockstar Games has been extremely secretive about the whole project and until recently there was almost nothing we knew or had seen of the game, but that has now completely changed, all thanks to more than 90 videos and screenshots that surfaced on GTA Forums. Recently, a user going by the name of ‘teapotuberhacker’ uploaded an overwhelming amount of GTA 6 footage to the forum, which they argued was from a test build of Grand Theft Auto 6, running with “GTA 5 and 6 source code and assets”.
The leaked screenshots and video footage have already taken over YouTube, Twitter, Reddit, and other social media forums, and align with some previous information from past GTA 6 leaks, such as the game having multiple playable characters, including a female protagonist, and the location which seems to be a Miami-like Vice City. Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier substantiated the authenticity of the leaked clips and photos, saying, “Not that there was much doubt, but I’ve confirmed with Rockstar sources that this weekend’s massive Grand Theft Auto VI leak is indeed real. The footage is early and unfinished, of course. This is one of the biggest leaks in video game history and a nightmare for Rockstar Games”.
Despite several sources claiming the videos were real, the internet was divided on the authenticity of the clips. However, just days later, the actual confirmation came with Rockstar Games officially taking to Twitter to share its disappointment in the reveal.
“We recently suffered a network intrusion in which an unauthorised third party illegally accessed and downloaded confidential information from our systems, including early development footage for the next Grand Theft Auto,” Rockstar Games confirmed on Twitter. “At this time, we do not anticipate any disruption to our live game services not any long-term effect on the development of our ongoing projects.”
“We are extremely disappointed to have any details of our next game shared with you all in this way. Our work on the next Grand Theft Auto game will continue as planned and we remain as committed as ever to delivering an experience to you, our players, that truly exceeds your expectations, We will update everyone again soon and, of course, will properly introduce you to this next game when it is ready. We want to thank everyone for their ongoing support through this situation.”
In one of the leaked videos, we can see a playable female character named Lucia looting a restaurant and taking NPCs as captives. Since the footage is from an early build of the game, you can see an abundance of placeholder texts such as ‘Time Until Cops Dispatched’, and dialogue texts like “Jason: GENERIC_CURSE_TO_SELF.” In yet another video, we see a playable character on the “Vice City Metro” train, which appears to verify the information that the game will take place in a fictionalised rendition of Miami. There’s another clip showing a poolside conversation where we hear dialogue like, “Oh yeah, he’s dead, is he? Just like there’s a country called Finland.” Other clips also reveal gunplay along with fleeing from Vice City police.
Take-Two Interactive already has begun filing takedown requests for a lot of GTA 6 videos uploaded on YouTube, with many videos now reading, “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Take-Two Interactive.” However, there are still a few that remain online.
All the leaked videos and images are clearly from an alpha build of the game and it seems like an unfinished development build used for testing some facets of the game by the devs. While we don’t have any idea or confirmation as to how old this footage is or how far along Rockstar is in development, GTA 6 is still a way off and probably won’t be out before late 2024 or early 2025. However, these newly leaked videos and screenshots do confirm a wide array of information surrounding the game’s location and characters.
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