With just days before the release of Grand Theft Auto V, it’s no surprise that info is leaking quite often: we’ve seen everything from the game’s massive map to actual in-game screen captures and footage, and now the leaks have gone one step further as torrent files of the game’s ISO have been spotted.
The files were apparently introduced onto various torrent websites and have since spread like wildfire, with the number of seeders growing rapidly as gamers with modded consoles snag an illegal copy. The ISO files show that the 2-disc Xbox 360 copy is just over 16 gigs, which falls in line due to the initial 8GB install disc.
Rockstar foresaw that leaks would indeed occur and responded by warning gamers to steer clear of leaks and spoilers. It’s also fair to assume that the studio expected their current magnum opus to end up in the hands of digital pirates across the web.
Pirates who opt to plunder Rockstar’s newest release might find themselves overwhelmed with malware, as there are various fake GTA V torrent files floating around that inflict computers with a nasty dose of digital mayhem.
The fake files actually look quite legitimate and the fake ratings and comments go lengths to trick users into downloading, prompting users to fill out a survey for an “activation code” as well as send an SMS message to a certain location.
Additionally Microsoft has cracked down on piracy by specifically targeting users who connect to Xbox LIVE with an illegally downloaded copy of GTA V and responding with a prompt banhammer.
While this is usually the company’s ordinary response to modded Xbox 360′s connecting to the service, Microsoft is going lengths to try to reduce the leaked content from spreading even further.
Rockstar Games also has their own strict infringement policies for their online communities hosted on their official website:
“Pre-Release Footage: No pre-release leaked footage of any kind: Any posting of in-game footage from leaked copies of the game prior to its official release date will be taken down, regardless of how the game was obtained. This includes “early unboxing” videos.”
In any case, there are still millions of gamers who are willing to wait until the game releases this Tuesday and get a hold of the coveted title rather than having to tackle a risky download, however it is ironic to see that console users are just as quick to download pirated files.
We recently reported that a devout console fan by the name of Trevor Phillips introduced an unpopular online petition that called for Rockstar not to release a PC version of GTA V, and his main reason was to teach PC pirates “a lesson”.
More content from Grand Theft Auto V will most likely leak in the next few days, so be wary of spoilers. There are plenty of ways to pass the time until Tuesday rolls around–stalk your favorite brands and gander at pics on Life Invader, re-watch some trailers, or maybe even sign up with a crew to prepare yourself for GTA Online.