Hacker posts videos from major unreleased game

A hacker has released gameplay from Grand Theft Auto VI in one of the biggest leaks in gaming history.

Dozens of authentic, pre-release videos from GTA VI – of robberies, gunplay and open-world driving – were posted on an online message board over the weekend, Bloomberg News reported on Sunday.

The hacker also posted a message seeking to “negotiate a deal” and asked Rockstar Games or parent company Take-Two Interactive Software to contact them, according to the Bloomberg report.

Rockstar Games, a video game studio owned by Take-Two, is the developer of Grand Theft Auto, one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time.

Take-Two did not respond to a Reuters request for comment.

The hotly expected GTA VI is estimated to generate $US3.5 billion ($5.2 billion) of bookings to launch and an average of $US2b annually thereafter, according to Bank of America.

The release could offer a much-needed boost to the US gaming company, which forecast weak annual sales in August in a sign that a thin slate of major releases and easing COVID-19 curbs have reigned in the industry’s pandemic-era boom.

The gaming industry, considered by some analysts as “recession proof”, has started to see some weakness as inflation-hit consumers rein in spending on entertainment.

-AAP

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