Dozens of authentic, pre-release videos from GTA VI – of robberies, gunplay and open-world driving – were posted on an online message board over the weekend , Bloomberg News reported on Sunday.
The hacker also posted a message seeking to “negotiate a deal” and asked Rockstar Games or parent company Take-Two Interactive Software to contact them, according to the Bloomberg report.
Rockstar Games, a video game studio owned by Take-Two, is the developer of Grand Theft Auto, one of the best-selling videogame franchises of all time.
Take-Two did not respond to a Reuters request for comment.
The hotly anticipated GTA VI is estimated to generate $US3.5 billion ($A5.2 billion) of bookings at launch and an average of $US2b annually thereafter, according to Bank of America.
The release could offer a much-needed boost to the US gaming company, which forecast weak annual sales in August in a sign that a thin slate of major releases and easing COVID-19 curbs have reined in the industry’s pandemic-era boom.
The gaming industry, considered by some analysts as “recession proof”, has started to see some weakness as inflation-hit consumers rein in spending on entertainment.
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