This morning, a number of videos purporting to show in-game development footage for GTA 6 have been posted on various internet forums, as it seems no one can wait for the video game to be finished. and various.

The 80-plus clips show everything from complete, in-game scenarios to clearly unfinished bits of gray boxing, but you won’t find a link to them here, because the truth is, they’re just not worth watching. What good could they do to anyone here? The leaker gets five minutes of fame and a flood of new followers. But GTA 6 itself won’t look like what you see in those clips when it’s finished, so someone tell me what that means?

Rockstar first officially announced that they were working on it The next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series said in February that business was “going well.” They also cited the development of the game as the main reason they walked away from continuing to develop it. Major updates for Red Dead Online“Over the past few years, we’ve been steadily putting more development resources toward the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series. […] As a result, we’re in the process of making some changes to how we support Red Dead Online.”

Development is clearly moving at a fast pace, and by all accounts, these latest leaks look pretty legit. But what if they are legitimate? As mentioned above, most clips don’t even show fully rendered scenes. They’re probably just checkerboard spaces with a few character models floating around. (I haven’t watched all of the 80 or so clips, but judging by the screenshot, which shows many thumbnails for the leaked footage, they make up the vast majority of them). What can this tell us about what GTA 6 will be like when Rockstar is ready to reveal it? nothing. Absolutely nothing.

Listen, I’m excited to see something you’re not supposed to – stick it to a man, especially a man in recent years doesn’t have the best record treats his employees very well. But even this is there began to change, employees recently told Bloomberg that Rockstar has cleaned up its act significantly since a major crisis report came out ahead of Red Dead Redemption 2’s launch, and its cultural transformation has also affected character types. Allegedly, they will also be able to play in the next GTA – a Latina woman who is reportedly part of the Bonnie & Clyde-style duo, the first of the series. This does not mean that Rockstar now automatically gets a free pass. But there’s clearly more going on behind the scenes than we can know from the outside (short of actually working there), and sharing these leaks as a means of getting the bird over to upper management is looking increasingly flimsy as an excuse.

Now the RPS, of course, provided all kinds of information leaks before and we will continue to do so when we feel it is worth doing so. Personally, I hate them too, and to be honest, I’d rather wait until there’s a proper trailer. Of course, it’s better to go with some real gameplay rather than cinematics, but all I want is to see a game come out as the developers originally intended, and have the chance to get excited about something that actually has substance. Call me edgy, but I enjoy the wizard-style display of a grand reveal that snippets of game footage, devoid of any context, simply can’t deliver.

I always remember the Mario & Rabbids debacle when things like this happen, I thought it looked absolutely terrible when these leaks first came out a few days before the big E3 reveal. But I’m more fooled because it’s not only the best thing Ubisoft has produced in years, but also one of the highlights of the E3 show all year. When you’re dealing with something new, context is everything—and it’s often an unpopular leak. These supposed GTA 6 clips definitely go in the context box that makes no sense, so please don’t bother. Why ruin the surprise for yourself?

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