The alleged Grand Theft Auto VI leak appears to be genuine. In a tweet, Rockstar Games confirmed the authenticity of the leak, stating that a hacker stole confidential data, including “early development footage” of the next Grand Theft Auto title.
The company did not anticipate any long-term harm to development or live services such as GTA Online, but was “extremely disappointed” that details about the upcoming game were shared in this manner.
Rockstar promised another update “soon,” and that GTA VI development would proceed “as planned.” More information was not provided by the game’s creator.
However, parent company Take Two has asked original leak host GTAForums to remove content, which reportedly includes Bully 2 plans and may include code for multiple GTA titles, according to Windows Central.
The hacker’s original Telegram channel is no longer active.
The leak was unprecedented, with 90 videos of a very early build of GTA VI included. The clips appear to confirm July rumors of a return to Vice City (aka Miami) as well as a Bonnie and Clyde-style pair of male and female protagonists.
There appears to be a slew of functional improvements as well, ranging from improved animations to a robbery system.
Because the finished product is likely to be much more polished, the GTA VI material may not cause much damage. However, there is concern that any GTA Online code could make it easier for hackers to exploit vulnerabilities and sour the game for other players.