The first trailer for Grand Theft Auto VI was originally planned to launch on Tuesday, December 5 at 9 a.m. ET, but a random X (formerly Twitter) account seems to have leaked it today.
Last month, Rockstar teased that a GTA 6 trailer will be released in early December 2023, and the news came in a tweet from Rockstar president and co-founder Sam Houser about the studio's 25-year history and its future, which of course includes the highly-anticipated Grand Theft Auto game. Last week, Rockstar announced that "Trailer 1" will be released on December 5, but the GTA 6 trailer leaked a day ahead of schedule.
The original tweet that leaked the GTA 6 trailer has since been deleted, likely due to Rockstar's lawyers and DMCA claims, but copies of the footage have surfaced across the web as fans shared the leaked footage before the studio officially released it. The latest leak comes just a few days after a massive GTA 6 leak on TikTok revealed areas of downtown Vice City, Rockstar's fictionalized version of Miami. According to fans, the person behind the leak was the son of a Rockstar developer, but that has yet to be confirmed or verified by the studio.
Why did Rockstar release the GTA 6 trailer earlier than expected?
MInutes after the trailer leaked online, Rockstar officially acknowledged the GTA 6 trailer leak on X and officially released the trailer on its official YouTube channel, racking up millions of views just hours after its release.
Rockstar's decision to release the first GTA 6 trailer a day ahead of schedule was unexpected but understandable. It would be better for fans to get their first look at the trailer on Rockstar's official channel than a leaked copy shared on social media.
The 90-minute trailer features Tom Petty’s music, Love is a Long Road, and features GTA VI's protagonists, Jason and Lucia, while giving us our first look at the gorgeous visuals of Leonida, Rockstar’s version of Florida. The trailer also confirmed a 2025 release date. Watch it here:
According to the press release, GTA VI will be released on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S. There are currently no plans for a PC launch.