There have been a number of videos and photos circulating the internet with leaks, links, and source code of GTA 6. Rockstar responds to the leaks.
From Reddit to Twitter, even the GTAForums have been teeming with an endless array of leaks of GTA6. It some of the videos, showed a character customization panel. The player was able to change from a man to a woman. It also has footage of the basic gameplay of the game. From robbing a restaurant to getting away from the crime, the videos leaked them all.
The official response from Rockstar, the game developer of the hit series, says they are legitimate, but will not impede any delays or cause any issues with the development of the game.
Legitimacy of the leaks, links, and the source code
Another series of tweets from a user named Tom Henderson has a conversation with the alleged hacker of Rockstar/Take-Two. It showed how the leak started. It appears that the hacker named teapotuberhacker has been behind the debacle. “Ok so this has gone unexpectedly viral, woke up to 3000 Telegram DM’s. If you are a employee of Rockstar or Take2 and your trying to contact me. Send me a message containing **** on telegram.” the hacker mentions in a post in the GTAForums.
There are also a series of links included in the tweet. It listed an array of uploaded videos on Youtube with a “takedown” issued by Take 2 Interactive.
Both the tweet and the GTAForums showed how the hacker is willing to “leak more data soon”. The hacker even posted another 90 footage/clips from GTA 6. The hacker even threatened to leak the source code and assets of GTA 5 and 6 and the GTA 6 testing build.
History of the leaks
A previous leak of the game mentioned that GTA 6 has been in the pipeline of Rockstar since 2014. According to the leak, it was originally called “Project Americas.” This appears to be consistent, given that the files uploaded were versions of the game running on a PlayStation 4 dev kit (PlayStation 5 was released on November 2020). Most of the files also had the word “Americas” on their names. This could all be a coincidence, but they appear to make sense to the hacker.
The leak with the player robbing (what looks like) a diner with an accomplice named Jason also showed how they were able to escape by using a hostage. This also leaked a “Time Until Cops Dispatched” timer that is starting to be a staple among crime-based games.
The last update of this ordeal is a comment showing a series of messages in Telegram showing that the hacker is now interested in selling the source code and assets of GTA 5. The hacker mentioned that they will not accept any offers under “5 figures”. Additionally, it was mentioned that the GTA 6 source code is “not for sale at the moment”.
The future of GTA 6
Although it was a major setback for the game developers, they confirmed that they do not see it as an impending threat to the game’s overall progression until its actual release. Rockstar promises that they will continue to work on the Grand Theft Auto as planned and that, this is unlikely to happen again.
The hacker, teapotuberhacker continues to poke fun at Rockstar. They have been continuously posting leaked pictures of the game.