A hacker has leaked the original footage of Grand Theft Auto VI, the sequel to the popular video game.
The leak, which included dozens of videos showing open-world robberies, gunfights and driving, was posted to an online message board.
Rockstar Games, the studio behind the game, said on Twitter on Monday: “We were recently subjected to a network breach in which a third party illegally accessed and downloaded confidential information from the system. our system, including the early development scene for the next Grand Theft Auto.
“At this time, we do not anticipate any disruption to our live game services nor any long-term effects on the development of ongoing projects. ours.
“We’re extremely disappointed that any details about our next game are shared with all of you in this way.
“Our work on the next Grand Theft Auto game will continue as planned, and we remain committed to delivering an experience for you, our players, that truly exceeds your expectations.
“We’ll be updating everyone soon and will, of course, properly introduce you to this next game when it’s ready.
“We would like to thank everyone for their continued support during this situation.”
Shares of Take-Two, owner of Rockstar Games, fell more than 3.8% on news of the hack, as the company is said to have begun issuing takedown notices for the footage and links Links to videos for some websites.
The hacker, who claimed to be behind a cyber incident at Uber last week, said on a web forum that they wanted to “negotiate a deal” with Take-Two, without giving further details.
Jefferies analysts described the hack as a “PR disaster”, adding in a client note that it “could bring back production and hurt morale”.
But hackers could pose a bigger threat, they said, adding: “If the source code is leaked, it could require significant changes underneath the game to ensure its stability. and the server integrity of GTA VI Online when it launches”.
And the stakes are high – according to Bank of America Global Research, Grand Theft Auto VI is estimated to generate $3.5 billion (£3 billion) in pre-orders at launch and an annual average of $2 billion ( £1.75 billion) later.