Rockstar’s next installment in its open-world game, Grand Theft Auto VI, has leaked online. GTA Forum user shared a 3GB file containing 90 films of GTA VI footage.
It’s unclear how the tape was obtained, but the “teapotuberhacker” poster claims to be behind the unrelated Uber breach that occurred late last week, and claims they will “leak more data soon” including GTA V and GTA VI source code, assets, and testing builds.
The large leak corresponds to previous reports about GTA VI, which showed a female playable character in several segments. Earlier this year, Bloomberg speculated that GTA VI might have a female protagonist inspired by Bonnie and Clyde. Bloomberg writer Jason Schreier believes he has confirmed the leak’s authenticity with Rockstar Games sources.
The leaked videos are now being shared on YouTube, Twitter, Reddit, and several gaming communities. A playable female character named Lucia is seen stealing a restaurant and taking hostages in one YouTube video.
There is a lot of placeholder text, indicating that this is unfinished gameplay, and you can see where the game engine is recognizing items in the area.
Another video depicts a playable character on the “Vice City Metro” train, corresponding to speculations that the game is in a fictionalized version of Miami, similar to GTA: Vice City from 2002. A separate clip features a poolside chat reminiscent of NPC talks in Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2.
It’s unclear how old the footage is, but it looks to be operating on RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3080 cards, implying that the development build is no more than two years old. Other footage includes new NPC interactions, revised UI and animations, and Rockstar’s internal debug tools for GTA VI on PlayStation.
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While GTA VI is said to be at least two years away, these leaked films reveal early and unfinished development builds and testing of various game elements.
This isn’t the first time a Rockstar game has been heavily leaked. In 2018, Trusted Reviews was obliged to contribute more than $1 million to charity and issue an apology after publishing facts about Red Dead Redemption 2 before the game’s release.
We’ve contacted Rockstar’s parent company, Take-Two, for comment on the leak, and we’ll keep you updated if we hear back. However, Take-Two appears to have begun issuing takedown requests for some GTA VI footage published on YouTube.
The phrase “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Take 2 Interactive” now appears on specific videos, although many others remain online.
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