The Grand Theft Auto 6 Leak Is a PR Disaster, to Say the Least

It's likely going to push its release date back to the end of the decade.
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On Monday, we saw what would soon be confirmed as unofficial leaks for the highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto 6. It's said to be one of the largest leaks ever in video game history. Rockstar Games, for what it's worth, released a damning statement, pointing to a "network intrusion" for the whole debacle.

We saw roughly 90 clips (two years' worth of content) of the in-development game on a Grand Theft Auto forum. The near-hour footage saw what appears to be an updated version of the rumored Miami, Vice City version. Users also got to see new male and female protagonists, most notably, a character named "Lucia," who robbed a diner in the videos. It showed fans some new key features and functions of the new game.

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"We recently suffered a network intrusion in which an unauthorized third party illegally accessed and downloaded confidential information from our systems, including early development footage for the next 'Grand Theft Auto,'" Rockstar said in a statement

The Take-Two Interactive-owned company added: “We are extremely disappointed to have the details of our next game shared with you all in this way."

The hack was traced to a user named "teapotuberhacker," who was also said to have hacked Uber some time back. To make matters worse, the hacker also promised to release even more videos. We might see test builds very soon as it hopes to negotiate with Rockstar Games to address the controversy.

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What does this mean for Rockstar? Well, the best-case scenario is that this is just a minor bump on the road. However, we are most likely going to see the game's release date pushed back even further down the line. A possible timetable for its due date may well be by the end of the decade. Its predecessor, Grand Theft Auto V, was released back in 2013 and became one of the highest-reviewed games of its time.

Rockstar reassured its investors that game sales, it believes, wouldn't be affected by the leak. Take-Two Interactive had also filed the incident with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Rockstar, nevertheless, will continue with the game's production.

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