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Massive Grand Theft Auto 6 gameplay leak is legitimate, developers confirm

We've heard quite a bit about Grand Theft Auto 6 in recent months. Rockstar officially confirmed that the game is in development earlier this year, and trusted sources have since revealed plans for a return to Vice City and a pair of new protagonists. This morning, a huge dump of in-game footage appeared online, giving us an early look at the game in action. 

The leak started off on the GTA Forums (via PCGamer), where a user shared a link to a 3GB file containing 90 videos of an early build of GTA 6. It is believed that the leaker managed to gain access to Rockstar's systems to steal the footage. This happened previously with Red Dead Redemption 2 and in that case, Take-Two did sue a news site for sharing the leak. With that in mind, we won't be sharing links to the videos, or the download, but the footage has widely spread across social networks and is easy to find.

The leak also contains some of the game's source code, which could be a major issue for Rockstar. Source code leaks present a security risk and are taken very seriously. It is one reason Half-Life 2 was delayed back in the early 2000s, and more recently, the hack against CD Projekt Red caused huge delays for Cyberpunk 2077's post-launch patches and DLCs. It is possible that this leak will cause an internal delay for Grand Theft Auto VI.

The footage in question shows exactly what you'd expect. We see gameplay of both main protagonists, we see portions of Vice City, one clip shows off improved shooting mechanics and another clip shows a much improved in-game robbery system. Much of the footage has the game's debug menu in clear view, and while the graphics do look improved over GTA V, it is worth noting that this is a pre-alpha build, so it hasn't been polished up yet. Many aspects of the game could change between now and launch.

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KitGuru Says: Rockstar employees have confirmed to Bloomberg that the leaked footage is legitimate, but Rockstar has not yet commented publicly or announced an investigation into a potential security breach. 

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