In an unprecedented leak, more than 90 videos of the development process Grand Theft Auto 6 appeared online. The leaker posted the video on GTAForums under username teapotuberhacker. They claim to have accessed them directly from Rockstar Games’ internal Slack.
These videos show robberies, gunfights, open-world driving, and fully voiced conversations. Footage appears to confirm a recent report from Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier that the game will be set in a fictional Miami – possibly GTA’s Vice City lore – and feature a playable female character. The game is clearly in development, with debugging programming elements visible on screen, but plenty of features working.
From the outset there was little doubt about the authenticity of the videos – they were so large and detailed that they couldn’t be faked. Schreier then wrote on Twitter that Rockstar sources confirmed to him that the leak of “premature and unfinished” footage was real, and stated that the scenario was a “nightmare” for Rockstar.
At the time of writing, the videos were still downloadable from the links in the original GTA Forum post, although Rockstar’s parent company Take-Two Interactive has begun filing copyright claims against the videos. videos on YouTube and social networks to remove them from views. The videos have gone viral so widely that Take-Two’s lawyers may be fighting a losing battle trying to remove them from the internet.
In total, there are about 50 minutes of footage. Many clips are very brief. One of the longer videos, which is about three minutes long, shows the female player character robbing a diner, threatening employees and customers, who react in fear when a gun is drawn to them. She and her male accomplice then had a gunfight with police before hopping into a police patrol car and driving away. Graphics processing is quite realistic, but still suitable for GTA house style.
The words Vice City can be seen in some clips. At one point, the female character walks into a strip club with a dense crowd. Other videos show the capture and conversation systems.
The leaker said it was “probably” that they would release the source code of GTA 5 and GTA 6and even a test build of GTA 6. On the forums, they ask questions related to the source code and appears to share legally sensitive information regarding an ongoing case about cheat mods for GTA Online.
Even if the leaker doesn’t track down and release the source code or a playable build, this is still a massive leak for Rockstar on a scale that is rarely seen, if ever. Rock star only confirmed earlier this year that GTA 6 is in the “active development” phase. The Bloomberg report claims work on the game began in 2014, after GTA 5was released, but progress was slow and GTA 6 not likely to be released before 2024. Changes in the company culture at Rockstar are said to have reduced the developer’s working hours and changed the tone of the game itself, with humour. less likely to impress disadvantaged groups.
Update: The hacker who claimed responsibility for the leak responded in a GTA Forum thread, asking anyone who works for Rockstar Games or parent company Take-Two Interactive to contact them. “I’m looking to negotiate a deal,” they said.