As you’ve no doubt already seen, an unprecedented leak over the weekend exposed an enormous amount of confidential footage from GTA 6 in frankly staggering fashion. Game developers from all around the globe, including Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann, have already spoken out in support of developer Rockstar. And now the world-renowned label has released a statement.
“We recently suffered a network intrusion in which an unauthorised third-party illegally accessed and downloaded confidential information from our systems,” the message starts, “including early development footage for the next Grand Theft Auto. At this time, we do not anticipate any disruption to our live game services nor any long-term effect on the development of our ongoing projects.”
There had been speculation on Sunday evening that GTA 5’s source code was in the public domain, and this could lead to untold consequences to GTA Online, but it appears the developer is not concerned. Others had speculated that GTA 6’s development could grind to a halt while the team gets on top of the leak, but that doesn’t appear to be the case either.
Nevertheless, the studio is understandably upset: “We are extremely disappointed to have any details of our next game shared with you all in this way,” the statement continues. “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 expectations.”
Rockstar concluded that it won’t be rushed into revealing more details: “We will update everyone soon and, of course, will properly introduce you to this next game when it’s ready. We want to thank everyone for their ongoing support through this situation.”
Sorry but I feel this is the PR team in damage control mode. I know Rockstar is a big company with lots of money but to say there'll be 'No disruption' after a leak of code and vids on this scale seems a bit optimistic
come on R* if the source code was hacked, we all know that means delays, so just acknowledge it as everyone will understand, its most likely 24 at the earliest anyway
I’m surprised. With the level of source code leaked, they’d be well within reason to reboot development. If there’s an online mode then it’ll surely be fundamentally vulnerable?
So from the leak we know GTA6 is coming. Kind of exciting but it's not really new news, it's R* worst kept secret. Crappy for the devs, but anyone who watched the leaks and thinks that's anything what the final game will look like is nuts. Not sure hacker actually achieved much here.
Am I right in thinking that GTAVI doesn't even have a release window yet, let alone a firm release date? Because if so, there's nothing to delay. Whenever it finally arrives, Rockstar can simply claim that it was always the original development target.
Unless pre-release artwork emblazoned with "Holiday 2023" was found in the hack, of course.
@nessisonett they're probably just going to push teams to work night and day to get caught back up to where they were. which is extremely unfortunate to say the least.
The hacker hasn’t leaked the full code apparently, just the first 10k lines
Can't wait to get stuck in to Vice City both in story mode and online. Rockstar does richly detailed open worlds like nobody else.
@Danloaded it's too early for them to know for sure, but might as well for them to be optimistic.
@LemonDrizzleCake they already announced it was in development months ago.
It seems as if source has hasn't been comprimised in latest updates
Is this another cross-gen title?
This kind of thing has become so commonplace all it brings is a shrug from me now.
The hyperbole from everyone in the industry these days is a bit embarrassing from all involved.
@RogerRoger This is what I was thinking. How would we even know it had been delayed?
The leak had the opposite effect on me In that I wasn't really looking forward to it before but that footage has me fully excited to see the full game with years of polished!
If it's heavily focused online theyd make damn sure they release it asap for those delicious microtransaction sales lol
The kid who done this is going to be screwed for the rest of his life, if i was him right now i would be panicking like hell.
Didn’t watch it, won’t watch it. This isn’t the way I want to learn about this game.
@WallyWest He's probably too young to face any prison time but he will be sued into oblivion, will be spending the rest of his life paying off the millions (or more!) in damages.
I see some people saying they might need to start again and reboot development and delay the game a couple more years.
But why? It was early development footage and assets, some of it running off ps4 dev kits, why would they need to delay a game because it was shown.
@UltimateOtaku91 the vids aren't the problem. Its the 900 lines of code they hacked. Ive read that gtaVs code was bought for 1000 dollars but im not sure on the sources on that one.
@WallyWest More like his CV for the future just got more attractive.
@zebric21 I don’t think so
@UltimateOtaku91 the game is basically out there. Anyone can play it if they have the source code. Anyone can create a clone and capitalise off years of hard work. Potentially servers are compromised as anyone can create exploits (very effective exploits) due to having the source code and hack the game (if they decide to not change the source code). It’s a lot of bad things for Rockstar.
Just to reiterate, I’m seeing a lot of ppl think the only damage is that people saw leaked footage of the game. It’s not. The damage is what I put in the first paragraph.
I hope this a true next gen experience Rockstar have the potential to push these devices to it's limits and deliver an impressive world .
I can't get over how many idiotic mouthbreathing keyboard warriors there are who don't understand the first thing about game development and think all the footage was a finished product. It was a very early build of course the graphics are not polished. Stop harassing people and get a life!
On a side note I like what I have seen so far and this leak ironically actually got me more interested in the game.
R* said they don’t expect ‘ any long-term effect on the development’ and I’d believe them more than some random people on the internet.
For the time being.
Don't know why anyone would complain about seeing the early builds and say negative comments about a work in progress. It's like seeing spiderman mocap suit on set and saying the film will be trash. Gamers by now should have an idea of what game builds look like with software like unreal and unity being free and the billions of "how to make ..." floating around on you tube. Clearly just the trolls just being trolls not gamers.
Wacky times seeing the next GTA game leaked so fast (also Diablo 4 too).
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