SAN FRANCISCO — Rockstar Games announced on Monday that data from the upcoming version in its massively successful “Grand Theft Auto” franchise had been stolen, which came as glimpses of the game were being shared on social media.

After a trove of data that a hacker claimed was from a “Grand Theft Auto 6” title that was in the works was shared online, along with word that source code was also stolen from Rockstar, the normally secretive video game maker made a comment about it. The comment came after it was reported that source code was also stolen from Rockstar.

Rockstar explained what happened in a tweet sent from the company’s official account. “We recently suffered a network intrusion in which an unauthorized third party illegally accessed and downloaded confidential information from our systems, including early development footage for the next ‘Grand Theft Auto,'” the company said.

“It has come to our severe dismay that any information regarding our upcoming game has been divulged to you in this manner.”

Rockstar also stated that it did not anticipate any of its projects or the online play of its games being disrupted as a result of the attack, and that development on the next “Grand Theft Auto” game will go as scheduled.

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It is estimated that more than 230 million copies of “Grand Theft Auto,” also abbreviated as “GTA,” have been sold worldwide.

In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding the hack, the parent company of Rockstar Games, Take-Two Interactive, stated, “We have already taken actions to isolate and limit this problem.”

Grand Theft Auto

The Grand Theft Auto series, in which players assume the character of a criminal, has come under fire for being seen as glamorizing illegal behavior, violence, and the mistreatment of women.

In February, the creator of the infamous video game franchise made the announcement that a new version is currently being developed, confirming rumors that had been circulating for quite some time.

Location in New York Rockstar Games has not disclosed when Grand Theft Auto 6 will be available to the public or how it will differ from the version of the game that was published in 2013 and went on to achieve blockbuster sales.

“We watched GTA 6 leak and Rockstar Games—the most secretive firm in the video game industry—get hacked in real time,” stated a tweet sent out by the Gaming Detective account late on Sunday night. The message also contained what appeared to be an image of the game’s title art.

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