`Rockstar said in a statement on Monday that a “network penetration” had occurred, resulting in the unauthorised acquisition of “secret material… including early development footage for the next Grand Theft Auto” by a third party. The revelation appears to support a number of Grand Theft Auto VI leaks that surfaced online over the weekend.
Before being shared online, the hacked video was first linked on the fan site GTAForums on Sunday morning. It contains hundreds of movies with around 50 minutes of early gameplay, many of which had placeholder visuals, text, or debug information. The video also appears to validate a few details from a July Bloomberg article about the upcoming GTA sequel, such as the game’s return to Vice City and the inclusion of a Latina bank robber as one of the playable characters.
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The hacker, who asserted that the tapes were obtained using a Rockstar employee’s Slack, also made unsupported allegations that they were responsible for a recent, significant Uber data breach that also involved Slack.
Additionally, the hacker stated that they were “trying to strike a deal” with Rockstar in order to possibly stop the release of other material, such as alleged copies of “GTA 5 and 6 source code” and a “GTA 6 testing build.” If that kind of programming were made public, it might be extremely detrimental to Rockstar and provide hackers more chances to undermine the dependability of the games’ online aspects.
The Signal Cannot Be Stopped
Rockstar responded to the leak on Sunday by initiating DMCA complaints almost instantly against numerous YouTube videos and tweets that included excerpts of the tape. The links to the leaked video have been removed from GTAForums, but the rest of the original post has remained there. The debate of the leaks is permitted on the forum, however “media or links to leaked copyrighted content” are not permitted.
Rockstar made an effort, but the material is still publicly accessible online.
“We are extremely disappointed to have any details of our next game shared with you all in this way,” Rockstar tweeted Monday. “Our work on the next Grand Theft Auto game will continue as planned and we remain as committed as ever to delivering an experience to you, our players, that truly exceeds your expectations.”
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After a late Sunday Bloomberg report claimed “people familiar with the game’s development” in confirming the accuracy of the stolen footage, Rockstar confirmed the data breach.