Rockstar Games has today responded to this weekend's GTA 6 gameplay leak with a statement on social media, explaining how the company is "extremely disappointed" by it, but doesn't anticipate any long-term development issues.
"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. 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."
Rockstar has been met with a wave of support from people throughout the games industry over the past 24 hours, including Xbox's own Sarah Bond who acknowledged how "disheartening" the leak must have been for the studio.
The good news is that it sounds like Grand Theft Auto 6's development will continue without any major roadblocks, so fingers crossed we'll all be playing the final version for ourselves within the next couple of years.
What a crazy 24 hours it's been in the world of Rockstar Games and GTA!
It’s hardly the end of the world. The internet making a way bigger deal out of it than what it is
Next couple of years is wishful thinking..
@Carck Don't they just? I mean I get that it sucks, but still... It is what it is.
@Carck If anything it makes me wish I was a nerd so I could develop games. I'd have more fun testing things in a test room than actually playing the game properly.
@Carck It ain’t the end of the world, but it is probably the biggest gaming leak since Half-Life 2
@Carck It’s not the end of the world, no, but it is a big deal. Rockstar is already being harassed by idiots online, assuming the leak is the official gameplay of a finished project and are unhappy with it. And now, the game is going to be delayed more than likely for another year or two. That’s going to cause more people online losing their minds and causing more issues. Furthermore, Rockstar is going to have to look internally as to how and why this occurred, and changes are going to have to be implemented, impeding progress even further.
I get it - it’s just a video game. However, this is someone’s job and livelihood, so just keep that in mind.
@Carck It wouldn't be the end of the world if this wasn't Rockstar's ONLY product now. That's pretty bad for them now that it is, though. The long term effects this is going to have on their one and only product are going to be pretty damaging to them. From a business perspective it may not be as end of the world as a massive scandal involving GTAO user accounts or a total sales failure of GTA6, but it's the next worst thing probably.
Of course that's also why smart business doesn't put all their eggs in a single basket....
@NEStalgia unless i'm missing something from the big picture, there's little to no harm to the product, outside loss of secrecy on some aspects (of this early build) of the game.
Only the most hardcore salty nerds will crawl through 90 videos of work in progress to try and crap on it. A single 30 second ad on TV before the game launches will completely mitigate their effectiveness.
For example, TLOU2 was heavily leaked way before release, leading to outcry over how characters were handled and major plot points, etc. Still, it was completely acclaimed by critic and went on to be one of PS4's best selling games.
Unless a game is terrible, leaks do little in way of lost sales. And if it does end up being terrible, leaks are used as a scapegoat by the dev team (just like "review bombs" apparently only impact games that aren't good to begin with, piracy only impacts games that sell bad, etc).
@Carck The internet has a long memory, usually of imaginary things. Pieces of this will affect the conversation around the final release, and though they say it won't affect development, it'll absolutely affect security, operations, etc. etc. which absolutely will affect development one way or another.
TLOU2 actually hit a sales nosedive shortly after launch. Even Jim Ryan commented that, roughly, sales weren't as great as people tend to think they were....he didn't sound super pleased with the sales trajectory of it. Though I don't think the leak had much to do with it and the divisiveness of the final product and word of mouth had more to do with it.
I mean, it's GTA6 so it'll be successful no matter what, but there's no question it'll impact them operationally and financially and shake up pretty much everything of the day to day for a while in a negative way.
(maybe after all the hype was done and dusted TLOU2 is a very average game...but that's for another time )
Thanks for your input, probably there are indeed certain factors i wasn't completely factoring in.
Still believe it is getting overblown, as per usual online, but hopefully it won't impact the devs too much.. it's already a crummy job as is
"We are extremely disappointed"
What do you know Rockstar, that's how I feel about you right now.
This wont really hurt the game, but it will dampen a bit the impact of the first trailer they release, whenever they release that.
The leak of the code might be the biggest issue here, along the point that, if they got access to the code, how much more they managed to get access to?
@Carck The videos aren't a big deal really, but the source code is given the 10k lines the hacker showed off, potentially of both of GTA5 and 6.
It makes it way easier to find exploits in GTA5 Online, their current moneyspinner, and potentially find the same in GTA6 if they don't revise particular sections of code.
Single player wise, probably not much impact (which I admit is all I care about) - but could significantly damage Rockstar's golden goose (Online, including current one) and delay 6 due to the rewrites / hardening of the online code required.
They can't just leave it as if hackers find exploits to give free items for example it devalues GTA's online economy
I believe that people have a misunderstanding of how hacks cause delays. Any software development company that has been compromised should halt operations and look for the exploit. In Rockstar's situation, it appears that he or they gained access using their "slack" system. It is for this reason that they have the videos and a small amount of code, all of which would be sent via a ticket. The retooling of this system is the cause of the delay because until this issue is fixed, the exploit is found, no work can be tested or performed. It's a PR catastrophe yes, but any delays are necessary to ensure data integrity and the project as a whole and not to "change" the game as it's out in the public.
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