It’s been a rough weekend for the folks at Rockstar studios, with gameplay footage of the upcoming and highly-anticipated GTA 6 leaking online. Considered to be one of the biggest leaks in video game history, over 90 videos showcasing in-progress gameplay were leaked on a GTA forum, by a user known as the “teapotuberhacker.”
While the developer of games like Red Dead Redemption 2 is yet to put out an official statement, industry insiders claim that the company is “devastated” by the news. In an attempt to contain the leaks, Rockstar has so far disabled comments from its video and has also started issuing take-down requests on YouTube.
The drama sadly hasn’t ended there. Late last night the hacker updated his original post “looking to negotiate a deal with Rockstar,” further claiming that he’s also acquired the source code of the game. Additionally, the hacker also seems to apply that there’s still more footage to be leaked if the company doesn’t act quickly.
But perhaps it might be a tad too late, considering the leaked videos have been circulating all over the internet on platforms like YouTube, Twitter, Reddit, and many other forums. While we won’t be providing links to any of those, the footage does confirm the existence of a playable female character named Lucia, who’s seen robbing a restaurant and taking hostages. Considering it is still in Alpha built, the graphics and the texture are still yet unpolished.
Other videos also confirm that GTA will be heading back to Vice City, with a playable character shown on the “Vice City Metro” train. A separate clip shows a poolside conversation between two NPCs, similar to the ones we saw on Red Dead Redemption 2.
It is yet unclear how old the footage appears to be. But as per some reports, one of the clips dates back to December of 2021, which confirms the theory that the upcoming title has been in production for about two years now. As far as the official launch is concerned, GTA VI might be more than two years away from being on the shelf. That said, it remains to be seen if the leak will throw a wrench in the development cycle.