Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two, has indicated that the recent Grand Theft Auto VI leak will have no effect on Rockstar Games‘ production of the game.
Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick says on the Take-Two Earnings Call that the Grand Theft Auto 6 leak was "terribly unfortunate" but will have no impact on the games development cycle or release timing
He also notes there is no evidence any major material assets were stolen
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As the sequel to one of the industry’s best releases of all time, GTA VI’s leaks earlier this year sure had a lasting impact on the market, however, like before, Take Two repeatedly reiterated that there won’t be a long-term effect of the incident on the overall production.
However, the episode was a significant setback for the whole gaming industry. Take-Two announced on Monday during its earnings call that it had shipped over 170 million units since the release of GTA V in 2013.
In the same presentation, CEO Zelnick commented on the leaks. “With regards to the leak, it was terribly unfortunate, and we take those sorts of incidents very seriously indeed. there’s no evidence that any material assets were taken, which is a good thing, and certainly, the leak won’t have any influence on development or anything of the sort, but it is terribly disappointing and causes us to be ever more vigilant on matters relating to cybersecurity.”
As for the leaker, he was identified as a 17-year-old, who is currently in jail and is facing charges. Although the leaks may have been catastrophic for gamers and the developers, it appears that fans are still supporting Rockstar in the hopes of a successful launch.