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Police have arrested a man suspected of hacking Rockstar Games and leaking data associated with GTA 6.
The 17-year-old, who resides in Oxfordshire, is currently remanded in police custody.
Last week, Rockstar Games confirmed the security breach & the footage, but also moved to reassure fans that they did not expect the fallout to effect either development of the next game or the ongoing Grand Theft Auto Online.
Here’s the statement in full: “We recently suffered a network intrusion in which an unauthorised third party illegally accessed and downloaded confidential information from our systems, including early development footage from 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 against 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.”
For now then, it seems development will continue on the project as usual. It’s the development teams that will be the worst hit, here, but it’s not necessarily the end of the world.
Back in 2003, the source code to Half-Life 2 was stolen by hackers, with damage said to have cost Valve upwards of $250 million dollars. The breach also caused the game to be delayed by almost a full year.
However, when the game did release, it nabbed 39 Game of the Year Awards and had sold over 12 million copies by 2011.
It’s a very different world and market for games almost twenty years later, of course, but the story should at least offer hope for those eagerly awaiting GTA 6.
Rockstar officially confirmed GTA 6 was in active development back in February of this year. However, it’s reportedly not expected to arrive for a few years yet. We’ve got a wishlist of seven things we’d like to see in the next game, which you can read about here.
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