PC gaming is abuzz right this moment: Over the weekend roughly an hour of footage (opens in new tab) from Grand Theft Auto 6 was leaked onto the web. Many of the movies, some 90 totally different clips, are only a few seconds lengthy and present early improvement footage and recreation testing in debug mode, although a number of longer sequences present inside places and a few character dialogue. Rockstar has confirmed the footage is real and that it was the results of a “community intrusion” by a hacker, somewhat than an inner leak.
Rockstar’s dad or mum firm Take-Two Interactive has been issuing takedown notices for the footage, however with the web being the web, the clips hold springing again up as rapidly as they’re eliminated. Whereas I’ve seen nearly all the footage, I will not be sharing a hyperlink to it or posting screenshots on this article. I am simply going to level out a number of notable issues I noticed within the clips in case you do not need to dig round for them your self.
And admittedly, whereas the footage provides the solutions to some of the questions we have had for years, the clips seem to largely be made for the needs of bug stories or animation assessments. It isn’t like a reveal trailer leaked early or it is 90 minutes of uninterrupted gameplay: There are some attention-grabbing tidbits, however the footage would not actually shed plenty of new mild on the sport or reply the most important questions we’ve. Truthfully, that is in all probability a superb factor. We’re positively curious, however we do not need the entire dang factor spoiled earlier than it comes out.
Listed below are a number of attention-grabbing particulars we realized about GTA 6 from the leaks, together with the burning questions we nonetheless have.
GTA 6’s playable characters are named Lucia and Jason
Earlier this 12 months rumors surfaced that GTA 6 would, for the primary time in collection historical past, function a playable feminine protagonist. The leak seems to substantiate this, as two playable characters are proven within the leaked footage, one male and one feminine. Named Lucia and Jason, they even full a mission collectively whereas robbing a diner, with the participant controlling Lucia. (That is not them pictured above, by the way in which, these are characters from GTA On-line.)
One other clip reveals the participant switching between the 2 characters whereas they’re each in a resort room, with the swapping happening nearly instantaneously, somewhat than the tactic in GTA 5 the place the digicam lifts up into the sky earlier than returning again all the way down to floor degree whereas character swapping.
Their ages are arduous to guess, however they each look comparatively younger, more than likely of their 20’s. Jason seems to be Caucasian and Lucia, as rumored, could also be Latina, although it is arduous to say with any actual certainty.
What we nonetheless do not know: Whereas many of the footage reveals both Lucia or Jason, we nonetheless know little or no about them. We see them strolling round, opening doorways, utilizing weapons and canopy, and even throwing a number of punches, however there are only some scenes which are extra in depth, like one the place they stroll by way of a nightclub or discuss to a different character.
Regardless of all this footage, we have no sense of who Lucia and Jason are as characters. We do not know their tales or histories, what their motives are, or a lot of anything about them, together with their relationship to at least one one other. A “Bonnie and Clyde” romance appears probably (the diner theft is paying homage to Pumpkin and Honey Bunny from Pulp Fiction) however we genuinely nonetheless do not know. And after GTA 5 featured 3 characters, dropping again all the way down to solely two appears an uncommon selection. Will there be extra playable characters apart from Lucia and Jason that merely weren’t proven within the leak? We do not know that both.
GTA 6 is about in Vice Metropolis
This longtime rumor appears prefer it’s lastly, positively been confirmed. One of many leaked clips reveals a light-weight rail automotive with “Vice Metropolis Metro” painted on the facet as Jason walks onto the prepare after which exits it. Within the unique Grand Theft Auto: Vice Metropolis was a stand-in for Miami, so we’re headed again to Florida for GTA 6.
It isn’t a giant shock: GTA video games have reused places like Liberty Metropolis, San Andreas, and Los Santos, stand-ins for New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, so the collection was certain to return to its model of Miami ultimately—we’re now 20 years after our first go to.
What we nonetheless do not know: Other than affirmation that Vice Metropolis is actual, the footage would not present us all that a lot of it aside from some principally generic wanting places like metropolis streets and some constructing interiors. Solely as soon as is a small portion of the map proven, so we do not understand how far outdoors of Vice Metropolis the world roams. Just a few extra rural places are proven, like what seems to be a trailer park, and in a number of clips the characters are standing on a ship or swimming within the ocean. We additionally see an airboat, the sort that is used within the Florida Everglades, although within the footage it is simply sitting on some concrete.
GTA 5 simulated a ton of the state outdoors of the town—suburbs, the sticks, and mountainous areas—so we anticipate GTA 6 to do the identical, however how large and various it truly is stays a thriller.
GTA 6 is not set within the ’80s or ’90s
With a return to Vice Metropolis, there was some hypothesis the sport may also return to the last decade the unique Grand Theft Auto: Vice Metropolis happened in, the Eighties. However a number of clips from the leak present pedestrians holding good telephones, with one showing to take a selfie.
Smartphones aren’t precisely a brand new invention, however their inclusion does place the sport in both the current or current previous: The iPhone first hit the market in 2007, and the telephones proven within the footage appear to be iPhones somewhat than flip telephones or earlier varieties of smartphones. A few apps are referenced within the footage, like LifeInvader (the parody of Fb from GTA 5) and WhazUp, which appears to be a play on WhatsApp (the messaging app additionally owned by Fb).
What we nonetheless do not know: We do not get a take a look at the smartphone interface itself, and what different apps it comprises. There’s been some hypothesis that GTA 6 would have some type of in-game cryptocurrency, however we noticed nothing to substantiate that. In GTA 5 you should buy vehicles and actual property out of your smartphone, in addition to contact different characters, and it is fairly probably that may proceed. However there’s certain to be extra actions you are able to do along with your smartphone, we simply do not know but what they will be.
GTA 6 might have some new stealth methods
In a single quick clip we see a personality on the bottom within the inclined place. They usually do not simply lie there, they start to crawl. Much more attention-grabbing, because the character crawls by way of a doorway they encounter a small field, they usually push it apart with their hand to clear the way in which. It is fairly cool to see: In GTA 5 you possibly can’t go inclined in any respect (until you are utilizing a mod).
And the truth that you possibly can belly-crawl and even transfer objects out of the way in which whereas crawling may trace at some new stealth methods in GTA 6. I think most GTA gamers would favor motion as an alternative of stealth, nevertheless it might be a novel addition to the collection. I can already see these characters crawling by way of an air vent to sneak right into a warehouse, a ceremony of passage for all online game protagonists.
What we nonetheless do not know: Properly, it is only one tiny clip so we don’t know if expanded stealth can be within the recreation. It is pure hypothesis—this might simply be a take a look at, and as occurs in recreation improvement, it might be modified or excluded within the full launch. But when Jason and Lucia aren’t grasp criminals like Michael, heists having extra stealth choices and the flexibility to crawl and wriggle unseen into restricted areas might be a pleasant change of tempo.