The shocking development of the Ukrainian crisis has resulted in a full-scale Russian invasion. Most major forces of the world have shown their support towards Ukraine, but smaller businesses are also trying to do what they can.
This includes the Polish 11bit studio – they have announced that all the money made by their anti-war game “This War of Mine” between February 24, 2022, and March 3, 2022, will be donated to the Ukrainian Red Cross.
“This War of Mine” Profits Donated to Ukrainian Red Cross
On February 24, 11bit studios made a statement on their Twitter page regarding the recent invasion of Russia on Ukraine. On top of supporting the Ukrainians vocally, they have also promised to donate the profits made from the sales of their anti-war game, “This War of Mine” to the Ukrainian branch of the Red Cross organization.
As we already know that there were civilian casualties among the Ukrainians, it’s highly probable that an action like this can save a lot of lives.
“This War of Mine” was released in 2014 and since then it had maintained a steady player-base of around 1500-2000 players. But ever since 11bit’s announcement, players started purchasing the game just to show their support for the horrific conflict.
This resulted in a huge player spike for such a game, topping up close to 9,000 players.
11bit Studios Stance
A lot of different companies have pledged their support to the Ukrainian cause, the 11bit studios game has been created solely for the purpose of showing the death and destruction caused by the war itself.
Inspired by the Siege of Sarajevo, the longest city siege since World War II and the horrors civilians had to go through during this event, the game aims to show what average civilians have to endure during an ongoing military conflict.
In 2020, “This War of Mine” has been added to the recommended reading list in Polish high schools during the academic year of 2020–2021, marking the first time in the world’s history when a video game was added to school’s recommended readings.
GTA VI Leaks – What We Know so Far?
Rockstar Games on high alert
Massive leaks have been spread throughout social media platforms about Grand Theft Auto 6. If you are a GTA V account owner, you may have an idea of what happened. On September 19, “teapotuberhacker,” a user from GTAForums, posted 90 videos of test builds for the upcoming game by Rockstar. The hacker revealed assets and source codes for GTA 6 on YouTube, Twitter, Reddit, and other platforms. Rockstar locks down its social media accounts, and the situation may lead to investigations with the FBI, although there is no official statement from Rockstar regarding this matter.
The leaks were illegally taken from the studio’s network, leading to the conclusion that the GTA 6 hacker is not a lot but a small group working together to post the leaked data. Rockstar confirms that these leaks are legitimate, and the GTA publisher Take-Two is working on taking down confidential information about the game by using copyright rules on mainstream platforms.
The game set’s location appears to be in Vice City; thanks to groups of dedicated fans, a map was made using various tools, which is not entirely new. When GTA 5 was still under development and trailers, screenshots, and teasers were being released; GTA had a fan base that could create a map for Grand Theft Auto 5 before the game was released; the map was an almost perfect match to the official map in GTA 5. Not to mention these players also became the people who made GTA 5 modded accounts.
Introducing New Characters
Based on leaked information, Grand Theft Auto 6 would be an open-world game with male and female protagonists, Jason and Lucia. One of the videos shows the two in what appears to be an instant character switching, similar to GTA 5. Where Michael, Franklin, and Trevor’s character switch; although this time, it looks like the loading time is faster in this test run. Several screenshots show Lucia having different make-up and hairstyles, similar to Grand Theft Auto 5: Online, although customization is available for the female protagonist this time.
Grand Theft Auto 4 introduced the smartphone system as a tool to contact friends, dates, and a few mission events. At the same time, Grand Theft Auto 5 added new functionalities like emails and website functionality. A parody of Facebook exists in this game called Life Invader; there may be a GTA 6 parody of Mark Zuckerberg; who knows? Aside from that, there is no information if Rockstar has updated this system.
There are a few notable things about how players would be able to move around the map. Footage shows Jason swimming more profoundly in the water; unlike in previous games, the deepness of how far a player can swim has always been limited. For vehicles, test footage of vehicle damage where Jason shoots the floor of the boat and a fan boat on land. The subway system returns since GTA 4; we see Jason going in and out of a train car.
GTA 5 Combat
A video of Lucia fighting with NPCs was also shown, a tweaked weapon wheel, and NPCs reloading in real-time. Clips of recoil tests make everything realistic, and the latest addition in combat is for players to go prone, which is perfect for stealth-based missions.
Shooting from vehicles has been limited to small weapons; we have seen drive-bys from the test footage, allowing players to use bigger weapons. This would be great since bigger weapons would deal more damage. Switching hands while shooting is another excellent addition to combat; there are plenty of scenarios to get the proper angle on an enemy by switching the hand you are shooting from.
The Miami-inspired city has dramatically changed since Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. There are the usual elements to be found, like neon lights in nightclubs and beachfront, but Rockstar has made an effort to make the map modernized by ensuring the look and feel are authentic to the real-life locations of Florida. The level of detail from these tests is fantastic as it can be; driving real-life inspiration for locations provides an immersive experience for players.
Gas stations, bars, tennis courts, motels, the environment, and the subway system is diverse, possible even better than GTA 5s’ map. Lucia has been seen to use a gumball machine inside convenience stores, which could mean there would be more things to interact with in Vice City.
There may be more surprises in store from GTA 6, and these are just the little details that have been leaked. Grand Theft Auto VI is expected to be released by late 2024 or early 2025.