Developers of the smash-hit video game franchise Grand Theft Auto have expressed their disappointment following a leak of the game’s sixth instalment.
Rockstar Games, publisher of the highly popular series, confirmed the leak on Monday, stating it was “extremely disappointed” with untimely reveal.
A hacker illegally obtained and leaked more than 3GB worth of footage, amounting to around 90 videos, from the unreleased ‘Grand Theft Auto VI’.
Footage of alleged gameplay from GTA 6 was posted to a gaming forum by a user dubbed ‘Teapotuberhacker’, and was soon shared widely across Reddit, TikTok, Twitter, YouTube and other platforms over the weekend.
Alongside clips of a female playable character – the first in the series’ history – the leak also appeared to show that the game could be at least partially set in Vice City.
A fictionalised version of Miami, Florida, this was the setting of the hugely popular 2002 instalment ‘GTA: Vice City’.
A statement posted to Rockstar Games’ social media read: “We recently suffered a network intrusion in which an unauthorized third party illegally accessed and download confidential information from our systems, including early development footage from the next ‘Grand Theft Auto’.”
It added that no disruption of live gameplay was anticipated, nor any long-term effect on the development of ongoing projects, as a result of the hacking.
“We are extremely disappointed to have any details of our next games shared with you all in this way,” Rockstar’s statement continued,” it continued.
“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 through this situation.”