Rockstar assured that development on the game would not be affected.
Over the weekend, a gigantic swath of leaked video footage for the development build of Rockstar Games’ next big release, Grand Theft Auto 6, appeared online. The footage first cropped up on a fan site for the series, GTAForums.com, revealing hours upon hours of the game’s early state. After a brief period of ambiguity, Rockstar released a statement confirming that the footage was the genuine article, though this was not the way they wanted players to see it.
“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 announced on their Twitter. “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.”
“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. We will update everyone again soon and, of course, will properly introduce you to this next game when it is ready. We want to thank everyone for their ongoing support through this situation.”
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— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) September 19, 2022
In a related report, rideshare company Uber suffered a breach from a hacker believed to be affiliated with hacker group Lapsus$. Uber has theorized that this same hacker and organization may be responsible for Rockstar’s hack, though nothing has yet been confirmed. The matter is currently under FBI investigation.