Rockstar, the creator of Grand Theft Auto VI, has confirmed that footage was leaked after a breach.
The producers of the game claim that a hacker posted more than 90 videos and photographs from the next Grand Theft Auto game online.
The content was exposed online on Sunday following what is being called one of the largest security breaches in gaming.
Although Rockstar Games acknowledged that “early development video” from GTA VI had been stolen, the company said it was still unclear how the “network intrusion” had happened.
A member going by the name of teapotuberhacker posted the video to the GTAForums website.
The hacker allegedly obtained the information by breaking into Rockstar’s internal Slack feed. He then invited executives to negotiate to stop further leaks.
Source code, assets, and testing builds from both GTA 5 and GTA 6 could also be revealed, which would be detrimental to the business’s operations.
Although moderators have since deleted the original post, it was extensively shared on social media. According to reports, Rockstar has issued takedown requests to get the video removed from Twitter and YouTube.
The film seems to validate a long-running rumour that the game will include the series’ first playable female heroine by showcasing animation tests, level layouts, and some gameplay demonstrations.
They also disclosed that the game’s location, a fictionalised version of Miami that served as the backdrop for GTA: Vice City from 2002, was revealed.
The corporation expressed its “great disappointment” at having any information about our upcoming game shared with everyone in this manner in a statement on Monday.
Industry experts predict that the game will be released in 2024 or 2025, and Rockstar earlier this year acknowledged that it was in development.
The release of the game may have been delayed as a result of the leak, but officials said they did not foresee “any long-term influence on the development of our existing projects.”
Since its debut in 2013, GTA 5 has sold more than 170 million copies, making it one of the most popular video games ever.
Its online mode alone is expected to generate more than $900 million (£788 million) in revenue in 2020.