Huge Grand Theft Auto VI leak reveals first gameplay footage

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Gameplay footage of what appears in Grand Theft Auto VI went live online this Sunday, in what amounts to one of the biggest video game leaks in history.

Grand Theft Auto VI is the highly anticipated sequel to Grand Theft Auto Vwhich is one of the most successful video games in history, selling 169 million copies and generating over $6 billion in revenue.

A user on GTAforums appears to be behind the leak and has posted almost 100 videos of the game in action. Unlike the official gameplay trailers we’re used to seeing, these videos feature unfinished elements, including placeholder textures and unfinished character models. Many of them are short. One, a bit larger, shows a male and female character robbing a restaurant. Others feature a woman visiting a strip club, one clip shows a poolside conversation. This is quite normal in Grand Theft Auto games, which all feature missions very similar to this one.

The addition of a playable female protagonist also mirrors much of what Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier reported about the upcoming Grand Theft Auto VI game, which is apparently two years away from release. Other details, like the game’s setting in the fictional Vice City, appear to be confirmed in the leaked footage.

In a tweet, Schreier said he confirmed with Rockstar sources that the leaked footage was authentic.

“Not that there were many doubts, but I’ve confirmed with Rockstar sources that this weekend’s massive Grand Theft Auto VI leak is real. Pictures are ahead and unfinished, of course,” Schreier tweeted. “This is one of the biggest leaks in video game history and a nightmare for Rockstar Games.”

Some players, accustomed to polished visuals of upcoming releases, reacted negatively to early leaks, but games in early development usually look like this. Rockstar has reportedly been working on Grand Theft Auto VI since 2014. At this point, no one knows exactly how old these images are, but as The Verge notes, the game appears to be running on RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3080 cards, which means that the construction cannot be older than two years. With the game not slated for release for another two years, that fits: big-budget video games that, far from being released, rarely seem nearly finished.

Rockstar did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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