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Rockstar Games has officially confirmed the Grand Theft Auto VI footage leaks

By Kenneth Ang - on 20 Sep 2022, 3:11pm

Rockstar Games has officially confirmed the Grand Theft Auto VI footage leaks

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After a disastrous security breach on Sunday, Rockstar Games has officially confirmed that the game assets pillaged from its servers (and subsequently shared online) do in fact come from the work-in-progress Grand Theft Auto VI

Over the past one or two days since the breach, the gaming community has been driving itself up the walls in disbelief at the leaks, and for more than one reason too. Some are disappointed that the game assets seem relatively shabby for a title that's supposed to be Rockstar's most ambitious entry yet, while others argue that the leaks might not in fact be real. And then there are those who are simply annoyed that Rockstar supposedly left holes in their security, which is fair but in the developer's defense, hindsight is always 20/20, as they say. 

Naturally, with Rockstar coming out and confirming the leak themselves via Twitter, there's no longer any room for doubt regarding its veracity. According to the developer, the assets were stolen as a result of a "network intrusion", which began when the hacker-in-question managed to access Rockstar's internal Slack network, and from there, its information database. 

The "early development footage", as Rockstar refers to it, was then posted on GTAForums by a user called "teapotuberhacker". Needless to say, the information spread like wildfire across the Internet, and though the original post has since been removed by the site's moderators, the proverbial damage has been done. Within the short window of time since the breach, the community has discerned a number of things about the game and its setting. 

Do be warned that we're heading into what is potentially spoiler territory at this point, so please proceed at your own discretion. Notably, Grand Theft Auto VI, much like its 2002 predecessor Vice City is supposedly set in a fictionalised version of Miami, and will apparently feature the franchise's first female protagonist. It's not yet known if the game will have multiple protagonists with intersecting narratives like GTA V, but for the sake of keeping the game fun and exciting upon its actual release sometime in 2024 or 2025, ignorance at this point is, in fact, bliss. 

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