Rockstar has now publicly acknowledged the GTA 6 leak and is assuring fans that this setback won’t drastically change anything.
Given the severity of the Grand Theft Auto 6 leak, it was only a matter of time until Rockstar Games itself commented on the matter.
There was some speculation that, given how much footage was shown, Rockstar would push back GTA 6’s already nebulous release date, but it sounds like that won’t be the case.
In a message shared across its social media accounts, Rockstar says the leak has not and will not disrupt its live services or the development of any of its projects.
Basically, it has no intentions of delaying GTA 6. Although it’s not like anyone would have noticed, as Rockstar never confirmed a release window. It’s only been speculated that it could launch in 2024 at the very earliest.
‘We recently suffered a network intrusion in which an unauthorised third party illegally accessed and downloaded confidential information from our systems, including early development footage for the next Grand Theft Auto,’ says Rockstar, unambiguously confirming that the leak was a result of theft – as was assumed.
‘At this time, we do not anticipate any disruption to our live game services nor any long-term effect on the development of our ongoing projects.’
It continues: ‘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.’
As for when fans could see an official update on GTA 6, Rockstar doesn’t provide any such date, saying it will properly introduce people to the game once it’s ready.
It’s yet to address whether it has or intends on responding to the person who stole the data in the first place.
The hacker has said they are open to negotiating with the studio, obviously hoping to get some hush money to stop them from sharing any more.
They claim to have obtained the source code for both GTA 6 and GTA 5; making either of those available to the general public would be disastrous for Rockstar.
We will update this story should Rockstar provide any further comments.
Rockstar’s parent company Take-Two has issued a statement as well. It mostly repeats what Rockstar already said, but adds that steps have been taken to combat the hack.
‘Rockstar Games recently experienced a network intrusion in which an unauthorised third party illegally accessed and downloaded confidential information from its systems, including early development footage for the next Grand Theft Auto,’ it told VGC.
‘Current Rockstar Games services are unaffected. We have already taken steps to isolate and contain this incident.
‘Work on the game will continue as planned. At this time, Rockstar Games does not anticipate any disruption to its current services nor any long-term effect on its development timelines as a result of this incident.’
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