A slew of videos purporting to show in-game development footage for GTA 6 have been circulating on various internet forums this morning, as apparently no one can wait until a video game is actually nearly complete before they feel compelled to do so. spoil for all. and miscellaneous.
The 80 or so clips seemingly show everything from full game scenarios to clearly unfinished pieces of gray boxing, but you won’t find a link to them here because the truth is they’re just not worth watching. . What possible benefit could they bring to someone here right now? The leaker gets his five minutes of fame and an influx of new followers, of course. But GTA 6 itself won’t look anything like what you see in these clips when it’s actually finished, so someone please tell me, what’s the point even?
Rockstar first announced that it was officially working on the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series in February, saying work was “well underway”. They also cited game development as the main reason they stopped continuing to develop major updates for Red Dead Online, saying, “Over the past few years, we’ve steadily moved more development resources towards the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series. […] As a result, we are making changes to how we support Red Dead Online.”
Development is clearly continuing apace, and by all accounts these latest leaks seem reasonably legit. But what if they are legit? As mentioned above, most clips don’t even show fully rendered scenes. They’re just checkerboard voids with, presumably, a few character models lying around. (I haven’t watched the roughly 80 clips, but judging by a screenshot showing a series of thumbnails for the leaked footage, they seem to make up the overwhelming majority of them). What can this tell us about what GTA 6 will be like when Rockstar is actually ready to show it off? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
Look, I get that there’s a certain thrill in seeing something you’re not supposed to see – sticking it to the man, especially when in recent years the man hasn’t had the best record of very good treatment of its employees. But even that has started to change, with employees recently telling Bloomberg that Rockstar has cleaned up its act considerably since releasing that big critical report in the run up to the launch of Red Dead Redemption 2, and that its cultural transformation has also had an impact. also influenced the types of characters we’ll supposedly be playing in the next GTA – apparently a Latina woman who’s part of a series-first Bonnie & Clyde-style duo. That’s not to say Rockstar automatically gets a free pass now, of course. But clearly more is happening behind the scenes than we can ever know from the outside (unless we’re actually working on it), and sharing these leaks as a way to flip the bird to upper management seems increasingly more flimsy as an excuse.
Now, RPS has, of course, flagged all sorts of leaks before, and will continue to do so when we deem it worthwhile. Personally, however, I hate them too, and honestly, I’d rather wait until there’s a good trailer to go through. Preferably a game with actual gameplay, rather than a cutscene, of course, but really, all I want is to see a game revealed as the devs originally intended, and have the chance to get excited about something that really has substance. Call me a sucker, but I’m relishing in this magician-style staging of a big reveal, which snippets of gameplay footage devoid of any kind of context simply can’t offer.
I always think back to the Mario & Rabbids debacle when things like this happen, which I’ll fully admit I found absolutely terrible when these leaks first arrived, just days before its big reveal at the 3. But don’t fool me anymore, because not only did it turn out to be the best thing Ubisoft has produced in years, but it was also arguably one of the highlights of the E3 show this whole year. Context is everything when you’re dealing with something new – and it’s something that leaks often lack. These supposed GTA 6 clips definitely go in the box without unnecessary context, so please don’t bother. Why spoil the surprise?
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