Well, what else is there to talk about? The leak of Grand Theft Auto 6. How did it happen? What was inside? What is Rockstar’s response? Here’s everything you need to know about the biggest leak the gaming industry has ever seen.
Now, before I get into this, I just want to be expressly clear. Everything you are about to see is from previous GTA games. IT’S OKAY. Rockstar legal team, if you’re listening, and I’ve heard you’re huge fans of this show, we won’t be showing any screenshots. Any gameplay. Any. Any. Zipper. any. I understand? IT’S OKAY. Good. Here we go.
So how did the leak happen? On Sunday September 20th, a user calling himself teapottuberhacker posted over 90 in-progress footage clips from the game to GTAforums.com. They claimed that the clips were taken from Rockstar’s internal Slack, which also allowed them to obtain the game’s source code.
The hacker updated his post later that day, telling Rockstar or Take-Two Interactive employees to contact them via email as they were “looking to negotiate a deal.” There have been no updates as of this hacker recording.
So what was released? Well, a metric ton.
The footage in the 90+ clips totaled nearly an hour of incomplete GTA 6 gameplay. The validity of the footage before Rockstar could confirm the leak came in the form of two key details that lined up with Bloomberg’s report earlier in the month. this year about the game. One, the entire game took place in Vice City, the Miami parody of Grand Theft Auto and the location of the game according to the Bloomberg report.
That report also included the detail that the player would take control of two characters, a man and a woman, who are meant to be a Bonnie and Clyde type couple. The game seen in the leak featured both a male and female playable. Pop-up text during the footage refers to the man as Jason and the woman as Lucia.
The images showed the characters’ abilities to crouch, turn prone, and move while doing both. Being prone is something you can’t do in GTA 5, and the only way to crouch in that game is to take cover behind a low profile object.
Both of these elements hint that playing stealth could be a viable course of action in the game, particularly as the footage also reveals a mechanic for picking up bodies that you could presumably hide.