A huge number of videos purporting to show in-game development footage for GTA6 have been plastered over various internet forums this morning because nobody seems to be able to wait for a video game to be anywhere near finished before feeling compelled to spoil it for everyone and everyone.
The 80+ clips appear to show everything from full in-game scenarios to clearly unfinished bits of gray boxing, but you won’t find a link to them here because the truth is, they’re just not worth watching will. What potential benefit could they offer someone right here and now? The leaker gets his five minutes of fame and an influx of new followers, sure. But GTA 6 itself won’t look like what you see in these clips when it’s actually finished so someone please tell me what’s the point anyway?
Rockstar initially announced that they were officially working on it the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series Back in February, he said work was “in full swing.” They have also cited the development of the game as the main reason they walked away from continuing development big updates for Red Dead Onlineand said: “Over the past few years we’ve steadily invested more development resources into the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series. […] As a result, we’re in the process of making some changes to the way we’re supporting Red Dead Online.”
So development is clearly moving forward, and by all accounts these latest leaks look reasonably legitimate. But what if they are real? As mentioned above, most of the clips don’t even show fully rendered scenes. They’re just checkerboard-like cavities with presumably a few character models noodles around. (I haven’t watched all 80 or so clips, but judging by a screenshot showing a number of thumbnails for the leaked footage, they seem to make up the overwhelming majority of them). What can that possibly tell us about what GTA 6 will look like if Rockstar is actually ready to show it? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
Look, I get that there’s a certain thrill in seeing something you shouldn’t — sticking it on the man, especially if, in recent years, the man does not have the best track record treat their employees very well. But even that has started to change, with staff recently telling Bloomberg that Rockstar has cleaned up significantly since that big crunch report came out in the run-up to Red Dead Redemption 2’s launch, and that its cultural shift has also impacted the types of characters we have. will also reportedly star in the next GTA – reportedly a Latina woman who is part of a Bonnie & Clyde-style duo, a series first. Of course, that doesn’t mean Rockstar will automatically get a free pass. But there’s clearly more going on behind the scenes than we can ever discern from the outside (besides actually working there), and sharing these leaks as a way to get the bird up to upper management seems an increasingly flimsy excuse.
Now, of course, RPS has reported on all sorts of things leaks before and will continue to do so when we feel it is worth doing. I personally hate them though, and honestly would rather wait until there’s a proper trailer to brood over. Preferably with some real gameplay, of course, rather than a movie, but I really just want to see a game revealed the way the developers originally intended it to be and have a chance to get excited about something that actually has substance . Call me a jerk, but I relish that magical showmanship of a grand reveal that snippets of gameplay footage devoid of context just can’t deliver.
I always think back to the Mario & Rabbids debacle when things like this happen, and I’ll admit that I thought it looked absolutely awful when these leaks first surfaced, just days before the big E3 reveal. But more don’t fool me, as not only did it turn out to be the best thing Ubisoft had produced in years, but it was arguably one of the highlights of this year’s E3 show. Context is everything when you’re dealing with something new – and it’s something leaks are often notoriously lacking. These supposed GTA 6 clips definitely belong in the pointless no-context box, so please don’t bother. Why ruin the surprise for yourself?