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Grand Theft Auto, the Game About Stealing, Had Development Footage of Its Next Major Release Stolen and Leaked Online

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Grand Theft Auto, the Game About Stealing, Had Development Footage of Its Next Major Release Stolen and Leaked Online

On Sunday, a user who goes by the handle teapotuberhacker leaked development footage of GTA VI to GTAForums in what is being described as one of gaming’s biggest security breaches.

Screenshots and videos of the upcoming GTA VI have been circulating online since Sunday. The company behind GTA VI, Rockstar Games, said it was unclear how it came to be a victim of a “network intrusion,” but confirmed that “early development footage” was stolen.

In the leaked footage, animation tests and level layouts, as well as some very rough gameplay demonstrations, are seen. It even confirmed a long-running rumour that the series would finally feature a playable female character.

In addition, the leak revealed that the game will be set in the fictional Vice City, a setting that hasn’t been seen since Grand Theft Auto: Vice City was released back in 2002.

According to the hacker behind the leak, they were able to gain access to the data by breaching Rockstar’s internal feed on the messaging app Slack.

The hacker has even reached out to Rockstar executives to negotiate and prevent the release of more of the company’s content. Talk about balls.

Moderators from GTAForums have removed the original post, but the damage was already done. In an attempt to get this genie back into the bottle, Rockstar has issued takedown orders to Twitter and YouTube. I’ve been unable to locate the video as of Tuesday morning.

While some people online have speculated that the leak may result in the game’s release being delayed, executives said they do not anticipate any effect on the development of GTA VI or any other of their ongoing projects.

For those expecting this game to be released soon: calm down. The game isn’t expected to be released until at least 2024 or 2025, according to industry insiders. Boo!

A total of 169 million copies of GTA 5 have been sold worldwide across all platforms, resulting in more than $6 billion in revenue for Rockstar Games. It is one of the most successful video game franchises in history.

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