Grand Theft Auto VI gameplay footage was leaked online over the weekend, making it one of the biggest video game leaks in history. This is the long-awaited sequelwhich is one of the most successful video games in history, has sold 169 million copies and generated over $6 billion in revenue since its initial release in 2013.
Developed by Rockstar admitted on Monday that it “suffered a network intrusion in which an unauthorized third party illegally accessed and downloaded sensitive information,” which included early development footage for the next Grand Theft Auto.
“We are very disappointed that details of our next game have been shared with you in this way,” the studio tweeted. “Our work on the next Grand Theft Auto game will continue as planned, and we are committed as ever to providing you, our players, with an experience that truly exceeds your expectations.”
The leak is not expected to disrupt its live game services or have any long-term impact on the development of its current projects, the report said.
Grand Theft Auto VI has not been shown to the public in any form, although developer Rockstar noted back in February that it working on a sequel. The game is reportedly at least two years away from release.
A user on GTAforums is apparently behind the leak and has posted nearly 100 videos of the game in action. Unlike the official gameplay trailers we’re used to seeing, these videos show unfinished elements, including placeholder textures and unfinished character models. Many of them are short. One, which is a little wider, shows male and female characters robbing a diner. Others feature a woman visiting a strip club, and one clip features a poolside conversation. This is very much par for the course for the Grand Theft Auto games, all of which have very similar missions.
Adding aalso reflects much of what Bloomberg journalist Jason Schreier reported about Grand Theft Auto VI, which is apparently two years away from release. Other details, such as the game being set in a fictional Vice City (previously seen in 2002’s GTA Vice City), seem to be confirmed in the leaked footage.
We are very disappointed to share the details of our next game with you in this way. Our work on the next Grand Theft Auto game will continue as planned, and we are committed as ever to providing you, our players, with an experience that truly exceeds your expectations. We’ll update everyone again soon, and of course we’ll properly introduce you to the next game when it’s read. We want to thank everyone for their continued support during this situation.
Schreier confirmed the leaked footage was realhe tweeted on Sunday.
“Not that there’s much doubt, but I’ve confirmed with Rockstar sources that this weekend’s massive Grand Theft Auto VI leak is indeed real. The footage is of course early and unfinished,” Schreier tweeted. “This is one of the biggest leaks in video game history and a nightmare for Rockstar Games.”
Some gamers who are used to the polished footage of upcoming releases have reacted negatively to the early leaks, but games in early development usually look that way. Rockstar has reportedly been working on Grand Theft Auto VI since 2014. At this point, no one knows exactly how old this footage is, but as The Verge points out, the game appears to be running on RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3080 cards, meaning the build can’t be more than two years old. With the game still years away from release, it’s fitting that big-budget video games that are still far from release rarely look close to completion.
Rockstar did not respond to CNET’s request for comment.