An enormous leak of videos and screenshots from Grand Theft Auto VI , which has been described as “one in all the most important in video game history”, appears to have revealed that the forthcoming game will feature a female protagonist for the primary time.
Footage of alleged gameplay from GTA 6 – one of the vital highly-anticipated video games of recent years – was posted to a preferred gaming forum by a user going by the name ‘Teapotuberhacker’.
The 3GB file contained 90 videos labelled as GTA 6 footage, which were soon shared widely across Reddit, TikTok, Twitter, YouTube and other platforms over the weekend.
Alongside clips of a female playable character named Lucia, the leak also appeared to point out that the sport will likely be at the least partially set in Vice City, a fictionalised version of Miami, Florida, that was the placement of the 2002 edition GTA: Vice City.
Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar Games confirmed that the GTA 6 leak was real, saying that it was “extremely disenchanted” for the sport to be revealed before its scheduled release date.
“We recently suffered a network intrusion through which an unauthorized third party illegally accessed and downloaded confidential information from our systems, including early development footage for the following Grand Theft Auto,” the corporate wrote in a press release.
“Right now, we don’t anticipate any disruption to our live game services nor any long-term effect on the event of our ongoing projects… Our work on the following Grand Theft Auto game will proceed as planned and we remain as committed as ever to delivering an experience to you, our players, that actually exceeds your expectations.”
“The footage is early and unfinished, in fact,” Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier, who first confirmed the leak, tweeted on Sunday. “That is one in all the most important leaks in video game history and a nightmare for Rockstar Games.
“There are several reasons this can be a nightmare for Rockstar. One is that it’ll disrupt work for some time. One other is that it might lead management to limit work-from-home flexibility. The repurcusions of this leak may not be clear for quite some time.”
Lucia will likely be the primary playable female character in GTA 6, video leaks suggest
Rockstar Games typically doesn’t comment on leaks but The Independent has contacted legal representatives for Take-Two Interactive for more information on the hack.
Most of the videos that were posted to YouTube have already been taken down by the Google-owned video sharing site, with a message stating: “This video is not any longer available attributable to a copyright claim by Take 2 Interactive.
The follow-up to GTA 5 has been years within the making, with an expected release date of either 2023 or 2024.
A separate leak earlier this 12 months suggested that the hugely popular game will feature support for some sort of cryptocurrency that serves as an in-game token for players to earn and spend.