Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick used the words “terribly unfortunate” to address concerns about Grand Theft Auto 6 following the massive leak a few months ago.
Rockstar Games confirmed the GTA 6 leaks days after they went viral, and the gaming community has been abuzz ever since. Some are even using the information found in the leak to try to get closer to the map for the next GTA game. Take-Two seems pretty confident that the work on GTA 6 remains untouched by the whole fiasco.
Here’s what Zelnick had to say about the leaks during a recent earnings call:
As for the leak, it was terribly unfortunate, and we take such incidents very seriously. There’s no evidence that any hardware assets were taken, which is a good thing, and admittedly the leak won’t have any influence on development or anything short, but it’s terribly disappointing and requires us to be ever more vigilant on issues related to cybersecurity.
The funder, who was identified as a 17-year-old from the UK, is currently in jail and faces charges after pleading not guilty.
The biggest story about Zelnick’s latest GTA 6 statement is that it shuts down speculation that an official GTA 6 reveal is coming soon.
Following its official confirmation earlier this year, Rockstar Games and Take-Two have been keeping tabs on the game’s development. The leak is the only source of information we have on GTA 6 at this time and it’s not the more accurate because it comes from data early in the game’s development. Most likely, GTA 6 is well past that point by now and should be a bit closer to being a full game.
More recently, insiders speculated that the leaks gave Take-Two and Rockstar no choice but to drop a trailer for GTA 6 to allay fan concerns. Technically, the rumors have come true since Take-Two talked about GTA 6. It’s just that we haven’t gotten more information about the game.
Take-Two announced in the same earnings call that it has shipped over 170 million copies of Grand Theft Auto 5 since its release in 2013.
While the staggering number of copies sold by GTA 5 casts a huge shadow over its sequel, it’s a problem Rockstar would much rather have had, and one it’s fully capable of solving within a few years.
In other news, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is a rare game that’s about to hit the numbers GTA 5 posted in its opening weekend.