A hacker leaked footage from Grand Theft Auto VI’s first installment of the popular videogame series.
The leaked video, which included dozens of videos of robberies and gunplay as well as open-world driving, were posted online to a message board.
Rockstar Games, the studio behind this game, posted on Twitter Monday: “We recently suffered an intrusion into our network in which an unauthorised third-party illegally accessed confidential information from the system, including early development footage, for the next Grand Theft Auto.
“At the moment, we don’t anticipate any disruptions to our live gaming services or any long-term effects on our ongoing projects.
“We are very disappointed that any details about our next game were not shared with you in this manner.
“Our work on Grand Theft Auto 2 will continue as planned. We remain committed to providing an experience that exceeds your expectations.
“We will be updating everyone soon and will, of course introduce you to the next game when it’s ready.
“We would like to thank everyone who has supported us through this difficult time.”
Take-Two shares fell by more than 3.8% after the hacker’s news. The company began issuing takedown notices and links to the footage to a variety of websites.
A hacker claimed to be behind an Uber cyber attack last week. He posted on a forum that they wanted “negotiate” a deal with Take-Two without providing further details.
Jefferies, an analyst, described the hacking as a “PR catastrophe”, and added that it “possibly setsback production and hurts morale”.
They also warned that hackers could pose a greater threat.
The stakes are high: Grand Theft Auto VI will generate bookings of $3.5bn at launch (PS3bn), and $2bn annually (PS1.75bn), after that.