Why GTA 6 Leaked Graphics Look So Bad, Explained

In an unprecedented situation, alleged GTA 6 clips have surfaced online. The game was only recently announced to be in development, despite the already nine-year gap between it and its predecessor, Grand Theft Auto V. But should they be?


Will the GTA 6 release look like the leak?

You can rest assured that the final GTA 6 will probably look nothing like the leaks.

To explain, here is an analogy for you. You can think of designing a game as the human body. Its source code is like its skeleton. Its AI, physics, mechanics, sound design, story beats, and other aspects are like muscles that make the game move. The graphics are the skin on top of all that. What you see in these leaks does indeed look like a map of the muscles of the human body in an anatomy textbook. It looks rough, but that’s because there’s no skin yet. And there shouldn’t be any in these early stages of game design.

In the leaked clips, there’s a train with “Vice City” written on the side. This is not a hint that GTA 6 will be set in Vice City, or that we might visit it. Game designers frequently use placeholders, objects used in previous games, to test how a similar object works in their new game.

Years of hard work and effort in game design goes into many things before work on graphics assets begins. The work may not be appreciated as it can be difficult to see or describe many of these efforts when reading the final product. However, these efforts are the basis for great games.

If you’d like to read more about our coverage of the supposed GTA 6 leak, check out the leaked Grand Theft Auto 6 footage online here at ps4games.com.