Following a massive leak over the weekend, which saw around ninety videos of an in-development version of GTA 6, many of which have since been taken down, hit the internet, Rockstar Games has issued a statement allaying concerns that the leak might result in a substantial delay to the game’s release.
The clips, which show a variety of unfinished scenes and sections of gameplay from the title, have now been confirmed to be genuine by both Rockstar and Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier.
Their content, though very much incomplete, does seem to mirror the Bonnie and Clyde-esque story and Miami setting outlined by Schreier in a July report, which detailed some facts about the game’s development and the current internal state of Rockstar.
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In the statement, Rockstar says: “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.”
It goes on to clarify: “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.”
This is good news for concerned players, with the user supposedly behind the leaks, who goes by the handle ‘Teapotuberhacker’, having previously suggested that they were attempting to negotiate a deal with Rockstar in exchange for not releasing more material related to GTAs 5 and 6.
The individual responsible alleged that this material included some source code linked to one of the titles, which some speculated could cause GTA 6 to suffer a delay if it were released, though Rockstar’s statement seems to suggest that this outcome is now unlikely.
The response to the leaks on social media has seen many sympathise with the game’s developers, with The Last of Us creative director Neil Druckmann, who has previous experience of working on a game that suffered leaks, tweeting: “To my fellow devs out there affected by the latest leak, know that while it feels overwhelming right now, it’ll pass.”