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author: Adrian Werner

Developers Back Rockstar Regarding GTA 6 Visuals

In response to silly comments criticizing GTA 6's graphics from the recent leak, a number of developers have released footage showing how their games looked in the early stages of development.

Source: Rockstar Games.

For the past few days, the entire industry has been living with the leaked footage of Grand Theft Auto VI. It presents the game at an early stage of development, so the graphics are far from what the full version will offer - many of the visible elements are placeholders, and some are taken from earlier assets. However, there is no shortage of players who are unaware of this and criticize the quality of visuals in GTA 6. Usually they would only be laughed at, but this time something more positive came out of it.

It all started with a post by a Twitter user AvgGuy. With the confidence only possessed by people who don't have the faintest idea about the issue on which they are speaking, he stated that "if you knew how game development goes, you'd know that visuals are one of the first things done" He was quickly flooded with critical responses and deleted the post, but nothing dies on the web.

Developers Back Rockstar Regarding GTA 6 Visuals - picture #1
Source: Twitter.

This time, however, such a post had a positive effect, as it inspired many developers to share footage from early versions of their games. These videos offer a rare opportunity to peek behind the curtain of the development process and enable us to see how ugly the games that are later appreciated players upon release, such as Control, Cult of the Lamb, Destiny or Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, are in their infancy.

Journalists also joined the fun, sharing screenshots and videos of footage showing early versions of well-known games, including God of War and Horizon: Zero Dawn.


Cult of the Lamb

Horizon: Zero Dawn

God of War

Uncharted 4


Sea of Thieves

Other games

  1. Rift of the NecroDancer
  2. Frozen Synapse
  3. Splatoon
  4. I See Red
  5. Fish Person Shooter

Sam Barlow's joke

Finally, it's worth mentioning an amusing post by Sam Barlow, the creator of, among others, Her Story and Telling Lies. He posted a screenshot, modeled on other shown examples, of an alleged early version of his latest project, i.e. Immortality. The image purports to show the game at the stage of AI prototyping and the combat system. It's an obvious joke, as it's an FMV adventure where there is no combat.

Developers Back Rockstar Regarding GTA 6 Visuals - picture #2
Source: Twitter.
Grand Theft Auto VI

Grand Theft Auto VI

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