Rockstar and Take-Two’s plans have been disrupted by the leak (and we were being subtle).
We’ve already reported that the first trailer for Grand Theft Auto VI has been leaked, so we won’t talk about that here, but instead focus on how Rockstar developers reacted on Twitter to the leak of the video on the Elon Musk-owned social platform, before the company officially released it earlier than originally planned and in better quality. (And the official video didn’t have that nasty crypto watermark in the middle of the shot. The uploader was banned, but that’s worthless).
Javier Altman, Rockstar’s Senior Gameplay Animator, said that this “f__ing sucks,” and that he hoped to see this video for the first time today with his teammates and colleagues, and that he deserved this moment. Angel Ortiz (Graphics Programmer) won’t see the video until he’s in the office with those who worked “f_cking hard” to make it happen. Connor, a senior programmer, began by saying “F__KING SERIOUSLY?” and then apologized for his anger, but the leak was also disheartening for him, as many were waiting to watch the video together.
Paul Beveridge, a senior gameplay designer, shared the video and said it would have been nice if he could have shared it with everyone at the same time. Others are thrilled, including a developer who worked on Grand Theft Auto VI for years before joining Infinity Ward. Zara Naveed, an associate engineer in charge of game systems, says she’s sad to see the video go out this way, but excited to be working with great people on a great project, while Matthew Rennie, an AI/gameplay programmer, feels the same way, but is happy to show off what they’ve been working on.
Grand Theft Auto VI will be released in 2025 (probably in the first quarter of the year, as publisher Take-Two expects a big hit in the next fiscal year, which starts in April 2024 and ends in March 2025) for PlayStation 5 and Xbox series. The PC port… no mention of it. We’ll have to wait a long time for that, too.