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Grand Theft Auto VI Leak Is a Shock to Video Game Studio Rockstar

A hacker posted authentic early footage of the much-anticipated game.

Grand Theft Auto V.

Grand Theft Auto V.

Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

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A hacker published authentic, pre-release footage from development of Grand Theft Auto VI, the most anticipated video game from Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.

The cache of videos offers an extensive and unauthorized look at the making of one of biggest games in the industry. A leak of this scale is so rare that some people cast doubt on its authenticity when it emerged over the weekend, but people familiar with the game’s development said the videos are real. The footage provides an early and unpolished view of plans for Grand Theft Auto VI, though the final version will look much more refined, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the details are private.