Rockstar Games has responded after leaked of footage from Grand Theft Auto 6 appeared to show off gameplay from the title which is still in the works.
The games developer said it is 'extremely disappointed' that details from one of their upcoming games was shared in such a way.
Rockstar paid tribute to the 'unprecedented longevity' of the fifth GTA game as the reason behind taking so long to release a new game in the series, and to be honest it's easy to understand why.
GTA Online carried the game strongly for years and gave it a much longer life than previous titles in the series, but as the years went by the calls for a fresh instalment grew ever stronger.
Over the weekend fans finally got what they were looking for when a series of videos appearing to show leaked footage of GTA 6 were released, and they didn't come from Rockstar.
A Message from Rockstar Games pic.twitter.com/T4Wztu8RW8— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) September 19, 2022
The massive leak showed gameplay footage from what looks like a Grand Theft Auto game, and Rockstar later confirmed that it was exactly as it seemed.
In a statement, Rockstar explained that they'd been hit with a leak after a 'network intrusion', saying someone 'illegally accessed and downloaded confidential information' including footage from the development of the upcoming Grand Theft Auto.
They said: "We are extremely disappointed to have any details of our next game shared with you all in this way.
"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.
"We will update everyone again soon and, of course, will properly introduce you to this next game when it is ready. We want to thank everyone for their ongoing support in this situation."
The hacker who leaked GTA 6 videos and source code: "I am looking to negotiate a deal."— YongYea (@YongYea) September 18, 2022
A deal? With Take Two? The company that sues over mods? I don't think this moron understands who they're dealing with and the amount of legal hellfire that's going to rain down on them. pic.twitter.com/gb7erVM1Y9
It could be some time before we get to play GTA 6, but fans of the series got to see gameplay footage of a protagonist called Luciana on the 'Vice City' Metro.
Someone claiming to be the hacker posted a series of demands online, appearing to suggest that they could leak more content soon including a 'GTA 6 testing build' and were trying to work out a deal.
The hacker claimed they got in via a Rockstar employee's Slack account, and said they'd hold off on leaking anything else if they got paid. Whether that would actually happen – given that Rockstar says what happened was unauthorised and illegal – remains to be seen.
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