Well, one of the biggest video game leaks in history happened over the weekend. I probably don’t need to tell you, but yes, in case you missed it: The first trailer of the sequel Grand Theft Autoconsidered by many GTA VI, leaked on the internet yesterday. Today, Rockstar commented on the situation, calling it an “illegal” hack and promising it won’t affect the development of the long-awaited open-world sequel.
While we can’t link to the footage or include screenshots of it, a quick Google search can point you in the right direction. Meanwhile, if you don’t want to dig through 90 videos containing tons of random stuff from a game that’s still in development, I’m here to help. I’ve dug around for you and found some interesting details about the sequel Grand Theft Auto game.
Oh and be warned: Finally, there are some things that you might not want to know. I will warn you again when we get there.
Welcome back to Vice City
Next Grand Theft Auto returns to one of the franchise’s most beloved and iconic locations: Vice City, Florida. However, like the modern spins on Liberty City and Los Santos (in GTA IV and GTA DRAW), this new Vice City is more realistic and is set in our time, not the 80s.
Based on details discovered in various leaked videos, it looks like players will be able to explore major city centers, smaller rural areas, and even some swamps. Looking closer, I was able to spot some locations that had previously appeared in the original GTA Vice City back in 2004, including the return of Club Malibu, Ocean View Hotel, Vice Beach, and Little Haiti.
Meet the main characters, a crime couple
Based on previous reports and this newly leaked footage, it looks like GTA VI will star two characters: A man named Jason and a woman named Lucia. Earlier reports described the two as having a relationship similar to Bonnie and Clyde. This is supported by mentions of Bonnie and Clyde in some of the debug menus seen in the leaked clips.
In the first video I watched, the player used “Down” on the d-pad to switch between Lucia and Jason. It also seems that when a character obtains items or items, some things will be shared and some things will not be shared. However, how that will work in the actual game remains to be seen.
Both characters appear very detailed, even in this unfinished shot. And they have a lot of animations. For example, when shot at, they will use their hands and guns to try to deflect bullets. The characters can also be completely on their stomachs, a series first.
Fight, crime and deal with the police
Alike GTA DRAW, this new entry seems to be using the weapon wheel to let the player choose different guns or explosives. This time, however, it looks like players won’t just draw their guns from, with the character wearing rifles and pistols behind their backs when not in use. It looks like you’ll be able to pick up and drop weapons easily, which can come in handy during a major gunfight if you run out of ammo and need to drop your pistol to retrieve a dead cop’s rifle.
Also spotted in the weapon wheel display are gears and other items. My theory is that players can keep health kits and other items, which may allow them to heal during combat, or may gain temporary summoner spells. For example, one item includes what appears to be a pain reliever. Max Payne. Maybe these will allow you to slow down time in gunfights?
this is a GTA game, you’ll get in trouble with the police, and in the first shots we’ve seen, the police appear more organized and tactical. They also seem more coordinated. When Lucia gets into a car during a police gunfight, the game mentions that the “Law” will know which car she got into even if she has escaped. To me, this seems like a mechanic will force you to abandon your car before you can actually escape the police.
Strip club, swamp and scuba diving
While most of the leaked footage is focused on tests or specific areas of the game, it does provide some hints, and let’s first look at what else you can do in the game. GTA VI when not fighting the police or completing missions.
One activity that is making a comeback is the ability to visit a strip club and watch performers dance. Included in the leaked footage is what appears to be the start of a mission that originally took place inside a strip club. More footage shows Lucia exploring the same club in addition to a mission.
With the swamps around Florida, you’ll need a way to get around easily. And it seems that to help players explore, Rockstar is adding rideable airboats. You will also be able to go scuba diving. But wait a minute!
In one of the leaked videos, you can see a lot of information and debugging actions. Browsing through, I was able to spot lots of animal references, including boars, dogs, crocodiles, and raccoons. Now animals have appeared in GTA game, but this seems to actually increase the amount of wildlife you’ll encounter while playing.
Not only that, I discovered debugging options related to fishing spots and bait shops. Can the angler be found in Red Dead Redemption II return GTA VI? Probably. Even more interesting are the three debugging options related to horses and taming animals. Being able to ride a horse is nothing new in red deathbut will be a first series in GTA.
Other Fun stuff, Easter Eggs, and more
Alright, let’s get to some of the coolest things I spotted in the leaked footage. But first, a warning. If you want to go in GTA VI As fresh as possible, turn away. The content in the next paragraph is a list of possible easter eggs, secret events, and more. It doesn’t seem like any of this is important to the overall plot of the game, but if you like stumbling across strange or secretive things, turn away now. For others…
I was surprised by how many oddities were mentioned directly in the leaked footage. Most of this seems to be connected to random events that can be triggered while the player explores the world. Some of the content includes mentions of a haunted warehouse, sex robots, spiritual travel, a creepy voice in a storm sewer, a character that can be spotted in the woods, and an old woman mummified. But perhaps the most interesting thing for GTA Mystery hunter is referring to sightings of Skunk Ape and UFOs. (The Skunk Ape is Bigfoot’s Florida.)
As with everything else mentioned above, all of these are subject to change. Rockstar may remove some or all of these before the game ships. In fact, a lot of this can currently only exist as text or in menus and has not been fully implemented. Still, I’m excited by what I can get out of all this leaked footage.
Hopefully Rockstar won’t face any more leaks and they can get back to work GTA VI so we can all play it ourselves in the near future. Until then, I’ll be here mixing bits and bobs from some of this footage until we have a new trailer.