Rockstar Games has been identified as hacked by an outside source, who over the weekend showed footage of Grand Theft Auto VI in the works. Thousands of videos have been uploaded online showing the in-progress title, including previously disclosed information as well as completely new information.
According to the hacker, the person responsible for securing the data was a user of the company's Slack. They also claim to have the GTA VI source code and will publish it. Rockstar has since responded, stating that it was "extremely disappointed."
This is no longer the first time a major leak has exposed or potentially jeopardized a major game launch. The gaming industry has experienced numerous instances where hackers steal or disclose information about an upcoming game.
Half-Life 2 hack
The Half-Life 2 leak in 2003 was one of the most famous incidents. The hacker claimed he did it out of frustration at a lack of new information. He also unknowingly (again, according to he claims) leaked the source code, giving it to someone who uploaded it on the internet. He didn't.
After the leak, Valve's Gabe Newell pleaded for the Half-Life community's assistance, and Gembe confessed to the crime. Half-Life 2, when it was finally released in November 2004, would sell at least 12 million copies worldwide.
A Nintendo data leak has been discovered.
Nintendo was also the victim of a major leak in 2020, which included the source code of several of its consoles and consoles. The amount of information that was released was virtually unheard of.
This particular leak was not as severe to the company in question as others on this list, provided the games and consoles in question had been released some time before they were released. It does give an unvarnished look at some classic games before they were launched, including some unreleased content. However, it does contain information and images that were not intended to be seen by Nintendo's audience.
CD Projekt RED is a CD game developed by EA, Capcom, and Microsoft.
Incidents like this seem to be more common — or, at least, more public — these days. EA reported that it was hacked in 2020, with the thieves taking the source code for the Frostbite engine, FIFA 21, and other utilities. The hackers attempted to extort EA for the information, and leaked it online after EA refused.
EA is just one of many companies that reported skullduggery in 2020. Both Capcom and CD Projekt RED were targeted in the same year. Those who stole Capcom's information revealed several in-development games that have since been revealed, including Street Fighter 6 and Dragon's Dogma 2. The hackers claimed to have sold some of the information after failing to extort CDPR.