Around 90 videos of Grand Theft Auto VI were leaked over the weekend by a GTA Forums user, and while viewers were initially skeptical about their authenticity, Rockstar Games has confirmed that they are indeed real in a new message posted to its official Twitter account this morning. The videos were leaked following a “network intrusion,” according to the developer, which claims that the leak won’t have any long-term effect on the game’s development.
A Message from Rockstar Games pic.twitter.com/T4Wztu8RW8— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) September 19, 2022
“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,” the statement reads.
“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.”
From an IGN report:
A user going by teapotuberhacker posted a zip file to GTAForums, saying “Here are 90 footage/clips from GTA 6. Its possible i could leak more data soon, GTA 5 and 6 source code and assets, GTA 6 testing build. [sp]”
The clips subsequently made their way onto YouTube and Twitter, and show robberies, gunplay, fully voiced conversations, and more. What appear to be debug elements (closely resembling similar tools from Red Dead Redemption 2’s development) also appear onscreen. If legitimate, the videos appear to confirm previous rumors about the game including male and female protagonists, and a Vice City setting.
Take-Two has been busy sending out take-down requests for the leaked GTA VI content since yesterday, but a good portion is still available to see on social media sites that include reddit.
Rockstar Games confirmed that it is working on a new Grand Theft Auto game earlier this year but didn’t say much, only promising that it will share more information on the game when it’s ready.