Grand Theft Auto is the largest open-world video game franchise in the world. Ever since the OG version of GTA came out in 1997, it took the world by storm with its amazing graphics, various missions, and wide scope of gameplay. Since then, Rockstar Games has released over 15 games that are available to play across various platforms. Recently, however, the details about the newest version of the game, GTA 6, were released online.
Fans have waited for nearly a decade for the developers to release the newest edition to the video game franchise. Rockstar last released Grand Theft Auto V on September 17, 2013. According to a report from Pocket-lint, GTA 6 reportedly started development in 2014. But gamers had to wait a long time due to other projects being prioritized. The sixth edition of the franchise is now expected to come out sometime in 2025 or 2026.
While the game is reportedly 2-3 years away, fans got a sneak-peak as a hacker leaked details online. According to a report from The Guardian, the hacker who was identified as teapotuberhacker, apparently leaked 50 minutes worth of the gameplay version of GTA 6 on September 18, 2022. While the gameplay was under development, the hacker also had the in-development version of the game as well as the source code for GTA V.
The report also states that the hacker wanted to hold the information and wanted to “negotiate a deal” with the developers. It was undoubtedly a big blow for Rockstar Games as the footage was not well received by the gaming community online. While the game is still unfinished, the graphics did not impress the fans which may impact its sales once the finished product comes out.
The hacker teapotuberhacker was arrested in 2022
According to a report from PC Gamer, the hacker teapotuberhacker was arrested after nearly 4 days of leaking the footage. The perpetrator was reportedly only 17 years of age at the time. He was arrested from Oxfordshire, London on September 2022. After the arrest, the notorious hacker was presented before the court where he pleaded not guilty to the computer misuse charges.
A Message from Rockstar Games pic.twitter.com/T4Wztu8RW8— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) September 19, 2022
He was not a first-time offender as he was reportedly arrested for malicious attacks on software giants, NVIDIA and Microsoft. But the big question is, how did the child accomplish such a massive feat? As per reports available online, the leaks were caused by an Uber data breach. Apparently, the private information shared by staff members in the messaging app Slack became a major tool for the hacker.
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