GTA Online – Rockstar really doesn’t want you talking about GTA 6 (pic: Rockstar Games)
It hasn’t explained why, but Rockstar has started blocking any and all comments across its social media pages.
Rockstar Games had already tried stopping people from talking about Grand Theft Auto 6 earlier in the month, by banning the phrase ‘GTA 6’ across both its YouTube and Twitch channels.
From the looks of things, however, it appears to not want people commenting on its social media pages at all.
Recently, the studio shared an update for GTA Online regarding some new content additions, such as two new race cars.
The trailer for the update has been uploaded to Rockstar’s YouTube channel and shared via its official Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts as well.
However, comments underneath the YouTube video are disabled and Rockstar has restricted replies for the Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram posts, only allowing people to like and share them.
The studio hasn’t issued an explanation for this, but it no doubt has to do with the massive GTA 6 leak that took place last weekend.
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As a quick reminder, a lot of screenshots and video footage from an early build was stolen by hackers and shared online.
Clearly, Rockstar knows that future social media posts will become flooded with people asking for more GTA 6 info, providing their opinions on the leaked footage, or even sharing the leaks themselves.
So, in order to keep any such chatter off its social media pages, it’s elected to simply switch replies off altogether. It hasn’t retroactively done this for older posts and video uploads though, probably because it’d be too time consuming.
Rockstar’s lack of acknowledgement means it’s unclear if this is only a short-term solution or if it’s going to the ultimate extreme and keeping replies off until GTA 6 is out.
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While Rockstar has assured fans that the leak won’t affect the game’s development, it’s obviously still dealing with the aftermath.
Fortunately for the studio, it’s been reported that City of London Police have arrested the hacker responsible, who was offering to sell the source code for both GTA 6 and Grand Theft Auto 5.
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