A huge Grand Theft Auto VI leak has indicated the game could be returning to a popular location.
Rockstar Games only confirmed earlier this year that another instalment of the much-loved series was in the pipeline, and as such, we can't expect to see GTA 6 on shelves for a long time yet.
However, an unprecedented leak appears to have offered us a premature glimpse at what we can expect from the game.
Approximately 90 videos were released on GTA forums, with clips showing gameplay for the new edition in a 3GB package.
Among this package, there is plenty that can be gleaned for GTA fans. Notably, numerous elements appear to suggest the series is returning to the much-loved fictional metropolis, Vice City, set in Miami.
As well as looking quite a lot like the city, there are more obvious giveaways too, such as a clip of a character riding the Vice City Metro.
The leak also reveals a playable female character named Lucia, who can be seen robbing a restaurant and taking hostages while she's at it.
While the clips were unverified, the scale and sophistication of the footage indicated it was probably legit, and now a Rockstar Games source has confirmed to Bloomberg's Jason Schreier that the leak was real.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote: "Not that there was much doubt, but I've confirmed with Rockstar sources that this weekend's massive Grand Theft Auto VI leak is indeed real.
"The footage is early and unfinished, of course. This is one of the biggest leaks in video game history and a nightmare for Rockstar Games.
"To those who asked: There are several reasons this is a nightmare for Rockstar. One is that it'll disrupt work for a while.
"Another is that it may lead management to limit work-from-home flexibility. The repercussions of this leak might not be clear for quite a while."
Not that there was much doubt, but I’ve confirmed with Rockstar sources that this weekend’s massive Grand Theft Auto VI leak is indeed real. The footage is early and unfinished, of course. This is one of the biggest leaks in video game history and a nightmare for Rockstar Games— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) September 18, 2022
The company's CEO, Strauss Zelnick, said in a statement: "With development of the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series well under way, the Rockstar Games team is determined to once again set creative benchmarks for the series, our industry, and for all entertainment, just as the label has done with every one of their frontline releases."
But while all of this is very exciting, the game isn't expected to be released for a good while yet.