UPDATE 15.53: In a note posted on Twitter, Rockstar Games said that “we recently suffered a network intrusion where an unauthorized third party illegally accessed and downloaded confidential information from our systems, including development videos for the upcoming Grand Theft Auto“.
The company does not anticipate that this will cause “any disruption” of its services or that it will “any long-term effect on the development of our ongoing projects“.
“Our work on the next Grand Theft Auto game will continue as planned and we remain committed as ever to delivering the experience to you, our players, that truly exceeds your expectations.“Rockstar added.
THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Over the weekend, a user posted on a forum dedicated to Grand Theft Auto, a series developed by Rockstar Games, an archive that included dozens of videos and screenshots of Grand Theft Auto 6 (GTA 6).
The game is officially in development, but neither the developer nor the publisher (Take-Two) has ever shown the game. The discussion was later deleted at Take-Two’s request, but a copy is accessible via Wayback Machine.
The videos and screenshots published have in fact been subtracted from old builds and which show above all moments of testing some technical aspects of the game – from animations to walks – but also reveal settings (which will return to be Vice City), characters (there will be two co-protagonists, a man and a woman) and other dynamics that characterize the game.
The veracity of such contents, which quickly made the rounds of social networks and were downloaded and then taken up by many people, was first confirmed by Bloomberg journalist Jason Schreier, who he definedthe situation “one of the biggest leaks in the history of video games“(” leak “means an unauthorized leak of information).
According to Schreier, “there are various reasons why this situation is a nightmare for Rockstar. One is that it will disrupt the work for some time. Another is that it could lead to management limiting the flexibility of remote working. The repercussions of this information leak may not be clear for some time“.
At a later time, Take-Two itself proceeded to remove the many videos that had been posted on YouTube by the user in question, effectively adding credibility to the published material.
The user, who wrote under the pseudonym “teapottuberhacker”, he has declared to be the same person who hit Uber in recent days. That person had access to the Amazon servers used by Uber with administrator permissions, as well as a number of other tools used, from VMWare to G Suite.
According to what the New York Timesthe user used a social engineering technique: he pretended to be part of the corporate IT department and sent a text message to an employee, who then provided a password to log into various Uber systems.
It cannot be excluded, therefore, that a similar dynamic is at the basis of the information leak on GTA 6. To give validity to this hypothesis is one more post that the user who posted the material added to the discussion that he was trying to “negotiate a deal” with Take-Two or Rockstar Games, inviting employees of the two companies to contact him on Telegram.
In addition, the user added that he has additional content about the game, including the source code of GTA 5 and GTA 6. In a message sent to a group on Telegram, however, he specified that the source code of GTA 6 ” is not for sale at the moment “and will not accept any offers below the five digits. The Telegram account was later deleted.
Contents of 2021
The leaks show a series of scenes that weren’t ready to be released. These are game sessions that are not yet adequately clean or representative of a product in an advanced state of development.
At the moment, there is no GTA 6 release date yet; but considering that the shared game parts dated back to 2021, it is at least a year old content: and in video game development it is a very long period.
By their very nature, video games really take shape in the last weeks and months of development, when all the pieces are put together and, above all, the various technical problems are solved.
It is no coincidence that in video games that have had a more complicated development – for example, Cyberpunk 2077 by CD Projekt, released in December 2020 – technical problems are the most evident demonstration: inability to continue an activity, bugs that corrupt the saves , physics-related problems (floating characters or vehicle crashes that have no realistic streak).
Despite this, the fact that so much content has leaked about such an early stage of the game can be a problem. Meanwhile, because now Take-Two and Rockstar Games will have to understand how this was possible and to what extent the user has had access to the content in development of GTA 6.
This means, in other words, that the company will be focused on containing this problem and then resuming the development activity.
On the marketing side, such a leak of information means that a share of the person is found to have had the first impact with the game in an uncontrolled context, i.e. with contents that were not ready to be seen by people.
In practice, it means that people have seen GTA 6 when it was not of adequate quality to be seen by the public and that will certainly affect the future approach to the game.
At the same time, GTA 6 is one of the most anticipated games of recent years – GTA 5 came out in 2013 – and people’s interest is unlikely to wane despite this technical and communicative stumbling block.
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