Grand Theft Auto 6 (GTA 6) is arguably one of the most highly-anticipated games of the generation. So when a hacker leaked in-development gameplay footage of GTA 6, it was only natural that it would set the internet ablaze, with countless fans sharing thoughts and concerns on the matter.
Despite many renowned industry insiders confirming its legitimacy, there was still an element of uncertainty surrounding the GTA 6 leak, which is to be expected considering the gravity of the situation. However, more recently, Rockstar Games broke their silence, providing an official statement regarding the leak.
Rockstar Games Confirms GTA 6 Gameplay Leak Was Real
Rockstar Games took to Twitter on 19th September 2022 to inform fans that the leaked footage indeed belongs to the next entry of the Grand Theft Auto franchise. The developer stated that the game was never intended to be shown in such a primitive state, reassuring fans that the leaked footage is not representative of the final product.
A Message from Rockstar Games pic.twitter.com/T4Wztu8RW8— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) September 19, 2022
Rockstar also confirmed that development would continue unhindered, and a proper reveal would be held once the product is ready to be shown off to fans. In a separate statement to investors, Take-Two Interactive further asserted that they would be taking "steps to isolate and contain this incident."
The leaker claimed to have acquired the leaked footage and source code from an employee’s internal Slack account. However, Rockstar's official response noted that "an unauthorized third party illegally accessed and downloaded [...] early development footage" of GTA 6 in a "network intrusion."
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But thankfully, the developer has stated that this mishap wouldn’t have any knock-on effects on its live-service games like GTA Online and Red Dead Online.
Rockstar claims that the hack won’t affect the game's development, but this statement is a hard pill to swallow, considering the leaker claimed to possess GTA V and GTA 6 source code. However, these claims might be bogus.
In a Tweet on 19th September 2022, notable reporter Tom Henderson argued that only "time will tell if he had the full source code or not, but the fact they are not anticipating disruption speaks volumes." Henderson added, "if the hacker did have the full source code, I wouldn't expect their message to be conveyed the way it has."
Obviously, time will tell if he had the full source code or not, but the fact they are not anticipating disruption speaks volumes IMO. PR talk is PR talk, but if the hacker did have the full source code, I wouldn't expect their message to be conveyed the way it has.— Tom Henderson (@_Tom_Henderson_) September 19, 2022
Having such vital information in the hands of unauthorized third-party can have huge ramifications for the security of the source code. In this regard, there's a strong likelihood that Rockstar might rewrite the leaked code, which could significantly impact the development pace.
Either way, an official GTA 6 reveal is unlikely to happen anytime soon, and fans will have to wait for some time before they see the next entry in all its glory.
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Featured image courtesy of Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive.