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Just How Accurate Were All Those GTA V Rumors And Leaks?

Grand Theft Auto V turned six years old this past week and to celebrate it I wanted to take a look back at some of the rumors that existed about the game before it was released. How accurate were they and what, if anything, did they correctly predict?

Six years is a long time and fans have become increasingly anxious and excited about a follow up to GTA V. And as fans get more desperate for information and leaks, rumors about GTA 6 become more and more common. But should fans trust any of these rumors? How accurate were rumors about GTA V before the game was released?

GTA V Will Star A Police Officer (Or Maybe Not)

This is a rumor that popped up in various places before GTA V was officially announced. The exact details varied depending on the site or forum post, but the basic idea was that players would control a rookie cop in Los Santos or L.A. They would encounter characters from GTA San Andreas and players would be able to arrest criminals, respond to police calls and decide to be dirty or good cops.

Of course, all of this was complete hogwash and most GTA forum-goers and fans seemed to realize this rumor was complete garbage. However, I did occasionally see reference of this rumor in the lead up to GTA V’s official reveal, so for some, it seemed believable enough to share with others. One odd thing about this rumor is that a few places that posted this rumor did predict that GTA V would use a weapon wheel like Red Dead Redemption. But this is honestly just a smart guess based on Rockstar’s history of taking elements from past games and bringing them into future games.

But it wasn’t just a cop that was rumored to be the star of GTA V. Another popular rumor claimed the star of the game was actually Albert De Silva, a man from Vice City who has settled down to have kids in Los Santos. This sounds accurate to the story of GTA V, but remember that this rumor popped up after the first trailer. In that trailer, the main character explains they wanted to start a family, settle down, etc. It’s not hard to predict the story when a trailer lays out the setup. And the other details are wrong because those aren’t revealed in the trailer, so whoever created this rumor had to fill in the gaps and guessed.

“Leaked” Maps

Rockstar open-world games are known for their large and highly detailed maps. So it makes sense that people would be excited to learn about GTA V’s map long before the game was released. Because of this, many, many, MANY, fake maps were posted online claiming to be leaked images of the real GTA V map.

Some of these maps seemed REALLY plausible and were covered by various sites, including Kotaku.

But none of these ended up being the real map. Some were close, most were just fantasies featuring multiple cities and islands.

Now, occasionally real maps will leak out ahead of a Rockstar release. For example, GTA V’s map leaked a few days before release after some fans got their hands on early copies of the GTA V strategy guide. And the map for Red Dead Redemption 2 leaked well before the game’s release, back in 2016.

So these things do happen, but it’s rare. More often than not leaked maps are just Photoshop creations made by trolls and bored fans.

Too Good To Be True Rumors

A lot of the rumors and “leaks” that popped up before GTA V’s official reveal and subsequent release are filled with ideas that sound amazing and also, probably, impossible to actually implement. For example, a few popular rumors that floated around claimed the game would have seasons, with extreme weather like snow and floods. None of this was true.

Other rumors suggested multiple cities or that Los Santos would be bigger than GTA IV’s entire map and the outside countryside would be gigantic and filled with small towns.

Another popular rumor claimed there was going to be a demo at E3 2013. This should immediately set off red flags to anyone reading it. Rockstar is known for rarely appearing at E3 in any capacity. Sometimes their games will appear on a stage show, but they never have a big booth or stations where people can play their games. That just ain’t how Rockstar does things. Any rumor claiming E3 demos or big E3 gameplay reveals is most likely made-up nonsense.

While Rockstar is filled with talented studios and developers, some of these rumors claimed things that sound impossible to pull off on current generation consoles, let alone Xbox 360 or PS3. Like dynamic traffic reports on the radio or having nearly every building be enterable.

Accurate Pre-Release Information

While many different sites and forums were filled with various rumors, many of which turned out to be wrong, some reports ahead of the game nailed it. Kotaku got information from a source in 2011 that GTA V was going to be set in Los Santos, and that it also would star multiple playable characters. Both of these things proved to be correct.

The big difference between this information and some of the other rumors mentioned in this post is clear. Nothing in here sounds too outlandish, it all seems like a natural evolution of previous GTA games. Not only that but Stephen Totilo is a great reporter and can be trusted. He and others at Kotaku have a long and proven history of getting information about games before they are announced. This information isn’t just made up or grabbed from a random forum post.

Grand Theft Auto 6 Rumors

Looking back at GTA V rumors, it turns out that most of them were entirely wrong. Which isn’t surprising. Random rumors spread on forums and Twitter are hard to prove and easy to make up. And as hype for the next GTA continues to build, be careful about trusting rumors that might show up online.

Remember these tips when reading a new rumor:

  • Does this sound like a real list of features or a fan just listing off their dream GTA features?
  • Rockstar keeps the older GTA games separate from the modern games. So any rumor claiming “CJ is back” should be ignored.
  • Does the map or HUD on a leaked screenshot look a lot like GTA V or another open-world game? If so, it’s probably fake.
  • Rockstar ain’t showing gameplay at E3, so don’t believe rumors that claim otherwise.

I get people being excited for GTA 6 but don’t let that excitement cloud your judgment. Take every rumor with a grain of salt and always assume random people on the internet are just trolling. Because often they are.

Source: Kotaku.com

Fortnite Leakers Band Together To Swear Off Spoiling This Weekend’s Big Event

In these days of rampant data mining, few things are ever truly surprises. Even Fortnite’s seemingly endless parade of (often literal) bashes isn’t immune, with big moments like the Tilted-Towers-leveling Vault event getting spoiled before players could experience them firsthand. This weekend, though, longtime leakers—people with the word “leak” front and center in their handles—have decided to try a different approach: no leaks.

For people who’ve made their names off disseminating datamined Fortnite leaks, this might seem counterintuitive. But across Twitter, big-name leakers have said they won’t be inundating the internet in details of this weekend’s event, which will likely focus on a battle between a giant Voltron-ass mech and a sea monster.

“Me and some other leakers have talked and came to a conclusion we won’t leak the event one or two hours before the event starts,” FortTory—Fortnite Leaks & News, a leaker with nearly Twitter 100,000 followers, said yesterday on Twitter. “Let’s just keep it a surprise. Hereby I call up all the leakers, keep it for once a surprise and enjoy the event!”

Other prominent leakers including Lucas7yoshi and Hypex heeded the call, as did a smattering of smaller ones.

In an email, FortTory told Kotaku that this event is different than many that came before, with developer Epic’s encryption functioning such that the event will still be leakable, but not until shortly before it goes live. At that point, goes the rationale, why leak it at all?

“Many people tell me: ‘You’re a leaker, you are supposed to leak everything when you can,’” FortTory said. “But this is the first time Epic Games almost fully has encrypted an event and keeps it all a big surprise. Let’s keep it a surprise. After I thought of the idea of not leaking the event, I contacted other leakers such as Lucas7yoshi, Hypex, and many more, and asked them what they thought about the idea. And they all agreed.”

The process underlying these leaks is complicated, requiring actions on Epic’s part before data is accessible to interested parties. FortTory explained how it all works, using the robot that’s been constructed in stages ahead of this event as an example.

“The robot stages were all encrypted in different pak files,” they said. “To take a look in these files, we need a key, an AES Key, and these keys got released around one or two hours before a stage came into the game, because Fortnite had to load these parts. The event is also encrypted, and Epic also has to load the event before it will happen, which causes the release of the AES Key, which we need to look in the files. We aren’t 100 percent sure if it will be one or two hours before the event. It could also be 30 minutes before, just like with the Marshmello event.”

A smaller leaker, XTigerHyperX, told Kotaku that it’s not just about keeping regular players’ imaginations unsullied; they, too, want to go in (mostly) blind this time.

“Me and a lot of leakers [have] been talking about the event, and we actually wanted to see how it feels like when we watch the event without knowing anything about it and let everyone enjoy this experience without getting the event spoiled for anyone,” XTigerHyperX said in a Twitter DM.

XTigerHyperX also pointed to what they see as the downside of event leaks, using the Vault event leak as an example. “It ruins everything,” they said. “People start watching the event, and they are not excited—like nothing is happening.”

Leakers didn’t arrive at this conclusion without friction. When some first started talking about the Great Leak Prohibition of 2019 yesterday, others were miffed.

“I mean, where was I on this?” asked TSG, a smaller Fortnite leaker, on Twitter. “I was never told nor asked about this… My point with this is that people follow us for leaks. If they don’t want to see it, then don’t follow us is my stance.”

After pushback from others, however, TSG eventually came around and said they won’t be leaking the event, either.

There are, however, numerous Fortnite leakers, so not everybody’s on the same page. The leakers who’ve temporarily sworn off leaking all agree that somebody’s bound to poke holes in this event’s hull, too. Anti-leak leakers have suggested that these pro-leak leakers avoid putting spoilers in thumbnails or include a keyword with their tweets—something like “eventspoiler”—so people can mute them if they want.

This isn’t the end for the time-honored art of Fortnite leaking, of course. Even many of the folks who refuse to spoil this event are still doing drip-feeds of info on new cosmetics and other less-earthshaking additions. As for what’ll happen when future events roll around—or emerge from the sea and punch the crap out of each other, as it were—that’s still up in the air.

“We are not sure yet,” said XTigerHyperX. “Let’s see how this affects the game. Then we will decide if we are going to leak the future events or not. Or maybe we will just leak only a few simple files for creating more hype without spoiling the event.”

“We don’t know what the future will give us, but this event is the big ending of a season 9, and it would be a shame to spoil it and kinda ruin it so close to the event,” said FortTory. “If we in the future would get a similar situation, I would do the same. It’s time to respect the work Epic Games puts into these big live events and not spoil it.”

Source: Kotaku.com

Fans Find Huge List Of New Games Coming To Xbox One And PC Game Pass

E3 2019It’s time for the biggest gaming show of the year. We’ve got articles, videos, podcasts and maybe even a GIF or two.  

It seems Microsoft has released some E3 news a bit early. Fans have found a large list of games that are now available to play via Game Pass, ahead of an official announcement later today at their E3 Media Briefing.

Over on ResetEra and Reddit, fans are putting together lists of all the new Game Pass titles. On Xbox, the list includes Shenmue 1 & 2, Steamworld Dig 2, Hollow Knight and more. This is the list that fans have put together so far, though it might be incomplete.


Battle Chasers: Nightwar

Bridge Constructor Portal


Guacamelee 2

Hollow Knight

Lichtspeer: Double Speer Edition

Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight


Neon Chrome

Old Man’s Journey

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun


Shenmue II

Silence – The Whispered World 2

Smoke and Sacrifice

SteamWorld Dig 2

Supermarket Shriek


Thimbleweed Park

Wizard of Legend

That’s a lotta games! The way fans are finding these right now is by searching up each game and checking to see if it is included in Game Pass. Currently, the games don’t show up on the Game Pass catalog on either the console or PC versions of the store or website.

Fans are also finding some PC Game Pass titles are available early, including Metro Exodus, ARK and Ori And The Blind Forest. A store page for “Xbox Game Pass PC Games” is currently live and seems to indicate that the plan will cost $5 a month. The full list of PC Game Pass games can be seen on Reddit.

All of this news and more will most likely be confirmed in a few hours when Microsoft gets on stage for their press conference later today. We will also learn some new information about the next-gen Xbox and their future plans for PC gaming and possible cloud gaming.

The conference starts today at 1 p.m. PDT/4 p.m. EDT.

Source: Kotaku.com

All The Pre-E3 Leaks

Hello! E3 is here, basically, and these past few days have been filled with a bunch of leaks and news. Plus, a giant ladybug invasion and Sega Rally X Simpsons.


I know a lot of people who are very excited about these games.

This isn’t what I wanted from these folks, but I also think this could end up being cool. I assume we will see more very soon.

Ahh, you know it’s E3 when we get the annual Ubisoft leak. Like Old Faithful, you can set your watch to the yearly Ubi leak.


“Cook, Play, Eat!!!” is not the correct order. I would cook, then eat then play. Otherwise, my food might get cold.

I’d play this.

You know on my list of “Things That Might Destroy The World” I didn’t have ladybugs. It is always the enemy you least expect you surprises you.


There has been so much news and info this week that I’ve cut the comments section. Sorry!

Trailers & Videos You May Have Missed

Now you can fail over and over at the raid without a console!

Get hyped, as the kids say.

Ohhh, this looks cool. Didn’t even know about it until a few minutes ago.

I’m always ready for a new game from Remedy.

This is uh… certainly a way to announce this game.

Morning Checkpoint is all about catching you up on the past week, getting you ready for the next week, answering some questions, sharing stories and having a good time. You can email me anything you want or drop a comment below. Suggest tweets, comments, ideas, new sections and more for next week and thanks for reading!

Source: Kotaku.com

Massive E3 Leak Reveals From Software Game With George R.R. Martin, New Tales Game, Ni no Kuni Remastered

E3 2019It’s time for the biggest gaming show of the year. We’ve got articles, videos, podcasts and maybe even a GIF or two.  

A security flaw on publisher Bandai Namco’s website has led to a major new E3 leak that reveals three new games: the rumored From Software-George R.R. Martin collaboration, a new Tales game, and Ni no Kuni remastered.

The leak came through a publicly available link on Bandai Namco’s website, per the website Gematsu (which has full descriptions of each game). Via various posters on ResetEra, the leaks are:

Elden Ring, for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, a new game from the makers of Dark Souls and Sekiro in collaboration with Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin. Turns out all those rumors were indeed true.

A remastered version of the first Ni no Kuni. Looks like a Switch version of the non-remastered version is coming, too. [Update (7:59): Maybe not Xbox? Seems like the original info was spotty—the platforms are unclear as of right now.]

And Tales of Arise (pictured above), a new game in the long-running JRPG series, also for PC/Xbox/PS4.

What a disaster for Bandai Namco. Chances are high we’ll see all three of these games during Microsoft’s press conference on Sunday afternoon. Exciting times all around.

Source: Kotaku.com