An account on the social platform X, previously known as Twitter, has dropped a bombshell on the gaming community. Going by the name @gta6news_leaks, the profile shared a video on September 16, 2023, allegedly showcasing innovative features in the highly-anticipated GTA 6.
The footage is reported to be from the pre-alpha stage of the game, hinting that Rockstar Games may still refine some elements before the final release. But what caught the eyes of gamers around the world were the graphics and gameplay features that were displayed.
At the heart of this leak are two rumoured new protagonists, Jason and Lucia. Their detailed graphics suggest that Rockstar Games is pulling out all the stops to make this instalment the most visually striking yet.
What truly sets this leak apart, however, is the new character-switching mechanism that appears to be much faster than in previous games. In the footage, a “whoosh” sound effect accompanies an instant switch between characters, along with a flash of a white screen. This rapid switch feature was demonstrated when the leaker moved Jason a slight distance away from Lucia before triggering the switch, showing that the new mechanism works seamlessly even when characters are not immediately next to each other.
For comparison, GTA 5 allowed character switching through a rounded camera approach or a zoom-out-and-drop-in mechanism, depending on the proximity of the characters. Some form of this rapid switching is already available in the current GTA game, where you can toggle between Michael De Santa, Franklin Clinton, and Trevor Philips in the blink of an eye.
“As is customary, Rockstar Games may change the implementation during the final release,” warns the original article. Nevertheless, the upcoming GTA 6 is highly anticipated to bring improvements to the character-switching mechanism, especially for situations where the characters are at a considerable distance from each other.
With this new leak, the level of excitement for GTA 6 has hit new heights, as players eagerly await further details from Rockstar Games. Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.