Rockstar Games has issued a statement regarding the massive hacking that led to an early alleged build of GTA 6 to be leaked, alongside source code and other sensitive files.
- Rockstar Games was hacked this week and dozens of files related to Grand Theft Auto 6 were leaked.
- Hackers leaked an early build of GTA 6 as well as claiming to have stolen source code.
- Rockstar has reiterated that this leak will not disrupt the production of GTA 6.
Rockstar Games announced on Twitter:
A Message from Rockstar Games pic.twitter.com/T4Wztu8RW8
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) September 19, 2022
“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 or 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” – The Rockstar Games Team
Some have speculated that the massive leak could mean that Rockstar delay the game indefinitely. That does not seem to be the case now, with Rockstar saying that the leak may not disrupt the current production of the long-awaited GTA 6.
While we do not know for sure when GTA 6 will release, some insiders believe that a release could happen in 2024-2025.
While this hack may not disrupt the long-term development of the next Grand theft Auto title, Rockstar Employees are understandably devastated and demoralized by this hack.
I'm sure its not needed but I've spoken to a couple sources at Rockstar Games this morning & they are all gutted. Devastated. Most are waiting till Monday to find out how leadership responds or what happens next but indeed this is the real deal.
— Michael (@LegacyKillaHD) September 18, 2022
The hacker claimed to have the source code for GTA 5 up for sale, accepting offers over 5 figures. According to reports, this alleged hacker also breached Uber last week, potentially stealing sensitive company documents.
We will not know for sure what the long-term consequences will be of the massive data breach at Rockstar. Extortion has become a common problem for video game studios. Last year, hackers attacked CD Projekt Red and sold the source code of Cyberpunk 2077 in a massive data breach.
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