Following the high-profile leak of more than an hour of still-in-development GTA 6 footage, developer Rockstar vowed the incident would not affect development and that the team would exceed players' expectations. Parent company Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick has reiterated this stance during an earnings call, which was transcribed by VGC.
Zelnick had the following to say on the matter: "With regards to the leak, it was terribly unfortunate, and we take those sorts of incidents very seriously indeed. There’s no evidence that any material assets were taken, which is a good thing, and certainly the leak won’t have any influence on development or anything of the sort, but it is terribly disappointing and causes us to be ever more vigilant on matters relating to cybersecurity.”
The footage in question was taken from an alpha build of the game, which was supposedly obtained from an internal Rockstar Slack channel. A 17-year-old was arrested by City of London Police on suspicion of hacking. The teenager is thought to be involved with the group Lapsus$, which has been accused of making similar intrusions at tech companies like Microsoft, Cisco, Samsung, Nvidia, Okta, and Uber.
Other highlights of Take-Two's quarterly earnings include the continuing sales colossus that is GTA 5, which has apparently shipped more than 170 million units alone. The franchise as a whole has moved a combined 385 million units across its storied history. The Red Dead Redemption franchise has proven to be no slouch either, shifting a combined 70 million units across both Red Dead Redemption and Red Dead Redemption 2.
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