GTA VI Leak: How It Could Affect Rockstar Games and What Other Developers Are Saying
Dozens of never-before-seen footage from GTA VI have been made public in what appears to be one of the biggest leaks in video game history. The consequences of this hack are not yet known, but many developers have already defended Rockstar.
- On September 18, a GTAForums user dubbed Teapotuberhacker posted a link to dozens of videos of what appears to be an early build of GTA VI.
- The leak also contained around 10,000 lines of the project’s source code. Jason Schreier called him “one of the biggest leaks in video game history and a nightmare for Rockstar Games.”
- The user then threatened to reveal more data, including assets, a test build for GTA VI and the source code of GTA V.
- It’s hard to say when these images were recorded, but some clips were taken between 2021 and early September 2022.
- These videos show gameplay footage for the male and female protagonists, who walk around the modern environment of Vice City. This goes in the direction of a Bloomberg reportwhich previously described the setting of the next GTA.
- It should be noted that the first build images are a far cry from what players will see in the final game, as GTA VI is still in development and has no release date.
- As a single source said to Axios, Rockstar, like many other game developers, only put all the pieces of the game together in the months leading up to launch. And the next GTA is no exception.
- Teapotuberhacker later updated the post, saying they didn’t expect it to go viral. The lessor has asked Rockstar or Take-Two to contact them, so they can “negotiate the deal”.
- Neither Rockstar nor Take-Two have commented on the matter. However, the publisher asked YouTube to remove most of the videos containing the leaked images.
- The GTAForums administration eventually removed all links and other sensitive information related to the leaked original post and made it public again.
How could this leak affect Rockstar?
- Schreier named two ways this leak could affect the studio and the development of GTA VI. This will disrupt work for some time and may cause management to limit remote working flexibility.
To those who asked: there are several reasons why this is a nightmare for Rockstar. The first is that it will disrupt work for a while. Another is that it can lead management to limit the flexibility of working from home. The repercussions of this leak may not be clear for quite a while
—Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) September 18, 2022
- As sources familiar with the matter told BloombergRockstar employees were “stunned by the leak”, and many are now wondering how studio management would respond.
- It’s also worth noting that players weren’t supposed to see these early images at all. As a result, people have already started analyzing these clips and criticizing Rockstar for how “poor” GTA VI looks despite a few years of launch.
“They deserve to give us nothing”
How self-sufficient can you really be?
The reality is that they owe you nothing and you won’t be playing it until 2024-2025 anyway. If the source code/dev build leaks, it will probably take longer than that.
—Tom Henderson (@_Tom_Henderson_) September 18, 2022
- On top of that, leaking the source code could lead to delays. Grunkle Grok did a good explanation on Twitteradding that gamers who say Rockstar somehow deserve it “simply rejoice in the possible destruction of the game you claim to enjoy, because you think it’s funny.”
So if the source code for a project in development, which is likely multi-user, live-ops/multiplayer, leaks, development may have to be scrapped altogether. Because the risk and damage from data leaks or exploit-prone software is too great for the business and investors.
— Grunkle Grok (@GrunkleGrok) September 19, 2022
- VGC Editor Andy Robinson make some remarks on game leaks in general, saying they will happen more often in the era of remote work and large teams. He also thinks the games industry will eventually transition to a cinematic-style model.
I love those E3 megatons revealed as much as anyone, but I really can’t remember the last time this happened. Everything leaks – and very rarely via the press – so let’s adapt and manage it
—Andy Robinson (@AndyPlaytonic) September 18, 2022
How did other developers react to the GTA VI leak?
- Cyberpunk 2077 Quest director Paweł Sasko said that “years of work are now being shredded, torn, analyzed, misunderstood, taken out of context and memorized”.
Dread to think what Team Rockstar is going through right now. Years of work are now shredded, torn, analyzed, misunderstood, taken out of context and memorized. A destructive cycle game industry knows this all too well. Help improve it and don’t engage in leaks.
— Paweł Sasko (@PaweSasko) September 18, 2022
- “Game leaks suck,” Obsidian design director Josh Sawyer wrote, adding that things like this are “incredibly demoralizing and disruptive to the team.” He also pointed out how the studio is still trying to undo the damage caused by the first Repentance leaked, and the GTA VI case is much bigger.
Game leaks suck. Whether it’s information or assets/images, it’s all bad. The developers can’t really deal with it productively and it’s incredibly demoralizing and disruptive to the team.
Misinformation about repentance has leaked and we are still fixing that damage. And that leak was *tiny*.
— Josh Sawyer (@jesawyer) September 18, 2022
- Naughty Dog co-president Neil Druckmann also backed fellow developers at Rockstar, urging developers to keep pushing and making art. “One day we’ll play your game, enjoy your craft, and leaks will be relegated to a footnote on a Wikipedia page,” he noted.
To my fellow developers affected by the latest leak, please know that while this seems overwhelming right now, it will pass. One day we’ll play your game, enjoy your craft, and leaks will be relegated to a footnote on a Wikipedia page. Keep pushing. Keep making art. ♥️
— Neil Druckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) September 18, 2022