Alleged GTA 6 gameplay footage confirms female protagonist, in-game locations and Vice City throwback
It has been a while since Rockstar officially confirmed that GTA 6 was in development. The company has put out zero teasers of the game since, indicating that it is quite a while away from release. Some estimates suggest that it could not see the light of day until 2024. Now, some GTA 6 gameplay has supposedly been leaked on YouTube and Twitter.
The video in question shows an early version of GTA 6 playing out what could be one of the game's first missions. It also confirms earlier speculations about the game featuring a female protagonist. One can also see the refreshed UI, placeholder dialogues and the quintessential "Star" system. Another scene, set in a strip club shows the same character in an entirely different setting.
A Twitter thread by @melzyfn shows a second male protagonist exploring what appears to be Vice City, marking the return to one of the franchises' most revered locations. It also gives us a peek into GTA 6's swimming mechanics and inventory system, both in very early stages. A supposed interaction with an in-game NPC confirms links to the GTA 5 universe by referencing "Lifeinvader", an in-game social media platform that was a pivotal element of the game's plot.
There is no telling how old the clips in question are. However, the test rig appears to be running an aged Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 at 720p with HDR disabled, indicating that it could have been recorded quite some time ago. Then again, it could also be an instance of Rockstar optimizing GTA 6 for older hardware.
While it is entirely possible that the videos in question could be high-quality fakes, the sheer number of unfinished elements bear all the markings of a game in early stages of development. Rockstar could accidentally confirm the validity of the said leak should it decide to take down the videos in question, a mistake often repeated by many trigger-happy developers.