Early Release of GTA VI Trailer Sparks Speculation
An unexpected turn of events shook the gaming world as an early release of the trailer for “Grand Theft Auto VI,” the highly anticipated next installment in the iconic and often controversial franchise, surfaced online following a leak. The trailer hinted at the arrival of the sixth chapter slated for 2025, according to Rockstar Games, the game’s developer.
This hotly anticipated trailer swiftly garnered an impressive 32 million views within its initial hours on YouTube.
Originally slated for a Tuesday, December 5 release at 9 am PST, the trailer’s premature appearance prompted a response from Rockstar Games on X, formerly known as Twitter, urging viewers to “watch the real thing on YouTube” after acknowledging the leak.
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The gaming community has been eagerly awaiting GTA 6, the next phase of the action-adventure saga, considering the long gap since the release of GTA 5 back in 2013.
Within the trailer, attention centers on Lucia, a female protagonist, seemingly embarking on a spree across bustling beaches, urban highways, and clubs, in what appears to be a modern twist on the Bonnie-and-Clyde narrative alongside her partner.
Rockstar Games, a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive, has grappled with leaks before. In a significant incident in 2022, the company fell victim to hackers who unearthed unreleased footage from the forthcoming GTA iteration. The leaked screenshots and gameplay videos, confirmed as genuine by the company, stemmed from what Rockstar Games labeled a “network intrusion.”
“At this time, we’ve experienced a network intrusion resulting in unauthorized access to our systems, leading to the download of confidential information, including early Grand Theft Auto development footage,” stated Rockstar Games in a previous announcement posted on the platform then known as Twitter.
The authenticity of this latest leak remains uncertain, leaving the gaming community in a whirlwind of speculation regarding the legitimacy of this premature release. Stay tuned for further updates as the story unfolds.
Premature Leak Unveils GTA’s Return to Vice City in 2025, Rockstar Games Confirms
Just before Rockstar’s planned debut of GTA VI’s inaugural trailer, an account, now suspended, prematurely shared the trailer on X, previously known as Twitter. Despite the scheduled premiere for Tuesday, December 5th at 9AM ET, Rockstar swiftly responded by releasing the full trailer on its official YouTube channel.
The trailer validates numerous tidbits that gradually surfaced over the past two years about GTA VI, confirming details like the Vice City setting and the introduction of the series’ first female protagonist, featuring Bonnie and Clyde-esque story elements. It discloses a 2025 release date for GTA VI, corroborated in a press release later on Monday, specifying the game’s launch on PS5 and Xbox Series X / S in that year.
A decade in the making, GTA VI’s initial trailer could have simply been the Roman numeral ‘VI,’ yet it delivered more substance. Showcasing GTA staples—speeding cars, chaotic gunplay, heaps of illicit wealth, and quintessential American extravagance—it unfolds against the backdrop of Vice City, a fictionalized rendition of Miami.
Centering on a sole protagonist named Lucia, the trailer portrays her in a prison jumpsuit, hinting at a criminal spree with her boyfriend post-presumed release.
The accompanying press release briefly outlines the game: “Grand Theft Auto VI heads to the state of Leonida, featuring the neon-soaked streets of Vice City and beyond, marking the most expansive evolution in the Grand Theft Auto series.”
GTA VI’s unveiling has been shadowed by leaks. Previously, a UK teenager was held accountable for disseminating 90 in-development process videos. Recently, a TikTok video surfaced, allegedly featuring leaked footage from the game, purportedly sourced from a Rockstar employee’s child. These TikTok clips, still available at the time of publishing, display wide shots of the game’s setting on a computer monitor.