GTA 6 gameplay leaks online; GTA V was released nine years ago

Rockstar’s subsequent access in its open-world franchise appears to have leaked online footage of Grand Theft Auto VI – GTA 6.

PC Gamer says that a user on the GTA Forums has broadcasted a 3GB file full of 90 videos of GTA VI footage.

It’s ambiguous how the footage was obtained, but the “teapotuberhacker” poster claimed to be behind the unrelated Uber hack late last week. It says they may “leak more data soon,” including GTA V and GTA VI source code, assets, and testing builds.

The massive leak lines up with some earlier reporting on GTA VI, showing a female playable character in some clips. Bloomberg reported earlier this year that GTA VI would include two female protagonists influenced by Bonnie and Clyde.

The leaked videos are currently being posted on YouTube, Twitter, Reddit, and online gaming forums. In one video, a playable female character named Lucia is witnessed robbing a restaurant and seizing hostages.

There is plenty of placeholder text, and you can notice where the game engine sees objects in the scene.

Another clip offers a playable character on the “Vice City Metro” train, which lines up with information that the game is developed in a fictionalized version of Miami, much like 2002’s GTA: Vice City. A separate clip contains a poolside conversation that feels identical to the NPC conversations in Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2.

It’s unclear how old the footage is, but some appear to be driving on RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3080 cards, so the development constitution can’t be any older than two years. Other clips offer new NPC interactions, updated UI and animations, and even Rockstar’s internal debug tools for GTA VI on PlayStation. While this could be an elaborate fake, the sheer charge of clips and evidence indicates otherwise.

While GTA VI is reportedly at least two years away, these leaked clips probably show some game elements’ early development builds and testing. It’s not the first time a Rockstar game has been exposed heavily. Trusted Reviews was forced to donate more than $1 million to charity and issued an apology in 2018 after the site published details about Red Dead Redemption 2 ahead of the game’s launch.

Grand Theft Auto is a sequence of action-adventure games developed by David Jones and Mike Dailly. Later titles were created under the oversight of brothers Leslie Benzies, Dan Houser, Sam Houser, and Aaron Garbut.

It is mainly produced by British development house Rockstar North and broadcasted by its parent company, Rockstar Games. The series’ name references the word “grand theft auto,” utilized in the United States for motor vehicle theft.

The gameplay concentrates on an open world where the player can conduct missions to progress an overall story and encounter various side activities—most gameplay twists around driving and shooting, with occasional role-playing and stealth elements. The series also has features of the earlier beat-them-up games from the 16-bit era. The Grand Theft Auto series contests are set in fictional locales modeled after real-life cities at different moments, from the early 1960s to the 2010s.

The original game’s map enclosed three cities—Liberty City, San Andreas (based on San Francisco), and Vice City—but later titles tend to focus on a single setting. Usually, one of the original three locales, albeit remodeled and enormously expanded. The series centers on additional protagonists who endeavor to rise through the grades of the criminal underworld, although their explanations for accomplishing so deviate in each title.

The antagonists are typically characters who have crossed the protagonist or their organization or characters with the most impact on impeding the protagonist’s progress.

In addition, several film and music veterans have voiced characters in the games, including Samuel L. Jackson, William Fichtner, Ray Liotta, Dennis Hopper, James Woods, Axl Rose, Debbie Harry, and Peter Fonda.