Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take Two Interactive, believes that GTA 6 leaks will have no effect on development.
At this point, GTA 6 might be years away.
In a recent earnings call, Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick reaffirmed his belief that Rockstar Games and the development of GTA 6 will be unaffected by the recent high-profile leaks. An individual obtained footage from an earlier build of the upcoming Grand Theft Auto game and released it on the internet in September. According to reports, the leaked footage included several hours of gameplay but was from an earlier build of the game and was not representative of the game in its current state.
"With regard to the leak, it was terribly unfortunate, and we take such incidents extremely seriously," Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said (transcribed by VGC). "There is no evidence that any material assets were taken, which is a good thing, and the leak will have no impact on development or anything of the sort, but it is terribly disappointing and causes us to be even more vigilant on cybersecurity matters."
The leaker, who was later identified as a 17-year-old in the United Kingdom, was arrested and is currently facing charges. The leaks could have caused significant damage, but it appears that fans are still rallying behind Rockstar and hoping for a big launch.
GTA 6 development is quite well underway and will not be impacted by leaks.
One of the major growing concerns in the community about the next Grand Theft Auto game was that development could be stifled in large part due to the unfortunate leaks. Fans should be relieved by Zelnick's comments about its development. The Grand Theft Auto franchise is currently the most valuable IP in entertainment, with GTA V, the most recent game in the series, selling over 170 million copies.
While this is fantastic news in and of itself, Rockstar will have their work cut out for them in terms of building on this massive success. The next Grand Theft Auto game is expected to perform significantly better, with a larger scale and scope than previous games. To that end, Rockstar is unlikely to hold back much with the next game, and despite the departure of co-founder Dan Houser and the massively influential Leslie Benzies, fans' faith in Rockstar Games remains unwavering.
The gaming landscape has consistently shifted in favor of the live-service model used by games such as Fortnite and Destiny. Rockstar Games has given no indication as to whether GTA 6 will follow suit, but it is almost certain that GTA Online will follow suit and become a full-fledged standalone title independent of the larger series.
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