19 September 2022 12:02:10 IST
In a massive leak that rocked Rockstar Games, Take-Two Interactive, major investors and the holding company that owns Rockstar Games and the gaming industry, around 90 videos showing the first gameplay footage of the upcoming open-world RPG Auto Grand Theft: 6 has surfaced on YouTube and a number of different social media platforms.
Grand Theft Auto: 6 or GTA 6 is set to be the successor to GTA V, one of the greatest hits in the Grand Theft Auto franchise. GTA V was first launched in 2013, and since then it has become the second best-selling game of all time and has made over $6 billion in revenue.
GTA 6, which is at least two years away from a launch, should be bigger and better than GTA V in every way. Rockstar Games was convinced it would be the biggest hit in the GTA franchise. Naturally, any leaks have the potential to hinder the launch of the game and harm the business that the new game would have generated.
A user with the username “teapotuberhacker” uploaded around 90 videos or 3 GB of data to the GTA forums, which showed the first gameplay footage. Although it is not clear how exactly the images were obtained. However, Rockstar Games fears that hackers will soon leak more data, including GTA V et GTA 6 code sourceassets and test builds.
Leaked clips circulating online confirm many of the rumors that have surfaced over the years. For example, the leaked video confirms that one of the playable characters is a female character named Lucia. Leaks also confirm that part of the game takes place in Miami as a tribute to the 2002s. GTA Vice City. The leaks also confirm that NPCs or non-player characters interact much better, almost to the level they did in Red Dead Redemption.
Rockstar and Take-Two are known to be contentious, and in this case rightly so. GTA 6 has been in development for years now, although Rockstar didn’t acknowledge they were working on it until February of this year. It should come as no surprise that Rockstar has already pumped hundreds of millions into the development of the new game.
A leak like this, and a potential leak like the one Rockstar fears, where a hacker released the source code or the game itself prematurely, would create a massive hole in Rockstar’s business and potentially kill one. of the most iconic franchises in the video game industry.
Given that the video game industry is actually worth a lot more than most film industries around the world, and employs more people than movies, game developers and publishing studios are understandably worried. Although leaks are an integral part of the industry, a leak of this magnitude is highly unusual.
Rockstar and Take-Two are currently in damage control mode. Officially, they haven’t released a statement commenting on the leak and what their plans are for the future of the game and if they will make any changes. What they’re busy with right now is getting the leaked clips taken down by various social media sites and preventing the clips from being shown, which is easier said than done.
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