After unreleased footage of Grand Theft Auto VI was leaked, Rockstar Games confirmed that their network was hacked.
Rockstar Games is reckoning with a leak from their unreleased Grand Theft Auto VI. On Monday (September 19), the video game company confirmed that unauthorized gameplay from the forthcoming game went online due to a hack of their network. The user, “teapotuberhacker,” who posted the gameplay on social media and GTAForums, claimed they also hacked into Uber last week, per Forbes.
“We recently suffered a network intrusion in which an unauthorized third party illegally accessed and downloaded confidential information from our systems, including early development footage for the next Grand Theft Auto,” Rockstar Games wrote in a statement. “We are extremely disappointed to have any details of our next game shared with you all in this way. 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.”
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— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) September 19, 2022
The 90 leaked clips from Grand Theft Auto VI shows new animations and character models, with the longest clip showing the game’s first female character, reportedly named Lucia, robbing a diner and holding patrons and staff at gunpoint before cops arrive. Aside from leaking those 90 clips, the hacker also threatened to “leak more data soon,” which could include source code, assets, and testing builds from both GTA V and GTA VI.
While this is one of the biggest leaks to happen to a game from a major publisher in recent history, this isn’t the first time Rockstar has dealt with a notable leak of one of their games. As SVG.com noted, Trusted Review had published details from a confidential document about Red Dead Redemption 2 months before its release. Take-Two, the video game company that owns Rockstar, settled a suit with Trusted Reviews, with the latter offering an apology and donating more than £1 million for publishing the confidential information.