GTA 6 leak: the biggest leak in history?  There has already been worse… (Last of Us, Nintendo)

GTA 6 leak: the biggest leak in history? Assassin’s Creed Unity Leak, Half-Life 2 Leak, The Nintendo Gigaleak

  • GTA 6 has leaked, unfortunately it’s no longer a secret. A colossal leak of almost 100 videos which is similar to the largest in history. But there are other competitors for this sad title…

The weekend was marked by a real cataclysm in the world of video games. Grand Theft Auto VI gameplay snippets (about 90) have leaked on the internet, but that’s not all. The hacker behind this already dramatic leak claimed to have other important information and data from the game (the rumors speak in particular of the source code of the game) and threatens to reveal them if an arrangement is not found with Rockstar Games . As you will have understood, we are facing a monumental leak here, one of the biggest ever revealed. Alas, this is not the first. Back to five leaks at least as big, if not more, than that of GTA 6.

Summary

  • Assassin’s Creed Unity leaked on a plane
  • Half-Life 2 almost canceled
  • La vengeance The Last of Us Part II ?
  • The Nintendo Gigaleak
  • Pokémon Let’s Go, the April Fool’s joke that wasn’t one

Assassin’s Creed Unity leaked on a plane

In March 2014, a strange post appeared on the NeoGaf forums. One of its users claims to have done a very rewarding encounter during a plane trip. While he was quietly playing Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, his neighbor assures him that the next Assassin’s Creed game (then not announced) will be particularly to his liking. Linked to Ubisoft, the bugger then begins to disclose the name of the game (Assassin’s Creed Unity), the period and details about the hero. He even went so far as to reveal a short video of the game to him. If the leak is not as huge as for GTA 6, it still marked its time. Note that the name of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag was also revealed by a NeoGaf user after he saw a powerpoint from a Ubisoft employee… during a plane ride.


Half-Life 2 almost canceled

Let’s go back in time to 2003, more precisely to October 2. This day, the source code of the expected Half-Life 2 (then scheduled for the end of the year) leaked on the Internet. It is a member of the hacker group, myg0t, who is behind this huge leak. Fortunately, the code is unplayable. But that was without counting Axel Gembe who, a few days later, disclosed the source code in the correct format. A development version of the game therefore becomes fully playable, a few weeks before its release. For Valve, it’s a real drama. The studio is singled out for its security flaws and the state of the leaked game. In response, Valve decides to postpone the game (which will finally be released in November 2004) and remove much of the leaked content. Estimated cost : 250 million dollars. Alex Gembe was picked up from his home by armed special forces and sentenced to four years in prison.


La vengeance The Last of Us Part II ?

Back in 2020, the release year of one of the most anticipated games of recent times: The Last of Us Part II. Unfortunately, its release was preceded by many leaks of all kinds. If in April 2020, it was first gameplay videos that were broadcast on the Internet without the studio’s consent, the descent into hell continued for the developers with the leak of a good part of the game’s scenario. still isn’t all… A few weeks later, the last elements (SpoilTo displayHidethe Ellie/Abby double check, the circumstances of Joel’s death, Jesse’s baby and the first Abby/Ellie duel ) leak in turn, accompanied by a new video. Rumor has it that this monumental leak comes from a former Naughty Dog employee out to get revenge for the crunch imposed by his employer, and that’s the information that most players have taken away. But in reality, this leak would rather be the work of a hacker. Goodbye crunch vigilante theory…


The Nintendo Gigaleak

Now let’s move on to the leak that is a serious contender for the title of biggest leak in video game history: the Nintendo Gigaleak. For nearly two years, the Japanese company suffered a series of colossal data leaks. Source code of games, development tools, information on consoles… In July 2020 alone, no less than 3 gigabytes of data leaked on the 4chan forum. Spanning from 2018 to 2020, these leaks notably resulted in the publication of Pokémon Gold Version and Pokémon Silver Version demos, an official Game Boy emulator, information on the Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Nintendo prototypes Switch and two new models of the GameCube, or even data relating to games such as Pokémon Sword / Shield and StarFox 2. Moreover, personal files of the developers have also been hacked. The amount of leaked data is monumental, as is the magnitude of the effects it has had on emulation.


Pokémon Let’s Go, the April Fool’s joke that wasn’t one

We remain on the side of 4chan with one of the most improbable leaks in the history of video games. It’s April 1, 2018 and an anonymous forum user is posting a photo of what he advertises as the Pokémon Yellow Version remake. He adds a lot of title information to that and it all sounds pretty cohesive. Especially since it’s been a while since rumors about such a remake abound on the web. But no one believes it. And for good reason, we are, as we said, April 1st. So everyone thinks it’s a joke. So what was their surprise when, a few weeks later (May 2018), Nintendo officially presented Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu / Eevee, remakes of Pokémon Yellow. The information and the visual revealed by the 4chan user were very true. This leak was therefore one and not an ordinary April Fool’s joke.

Brent Dubin
Brent Dubin, known as the Gaming Giant among Globe Live Media staff, is the chief Gaming Reporter for Globe Live Media. Having attended all the major events of Gaming around the World, he is sure to give you exactly the update related to gaming World you are looking for.