Rockstar Games calls off remote work, citing leaks in the run-up to releasing the new Grand Theft Auto VI

Rockstar Games, a division of Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., will ask employees to return to the office five days a week beginning in April as the video-game maker enters the final stages of development on its next game, thehotly anticipatedGrand Theft Auto VI.

In an email to staff on Wednesday reviewed by Bloomberg, Rockstar Head of Publishing Jenn Kolbe said the decision was made for productivity and security reasons. The company has faced several security breaches includinga massive dump of early footagefrom the newGrand Theft Autoand an early trailer that leaked in December.

Kolbe wrote that the company also found “tangible benefits” from in-person work. “Making these changes now puts us in the best position to deliver the nextGrand Theft Autoat the level of quality and polish we know it requires, along with a publishing roadmap that matches the scale and ambition of the game,” she wrote.

Return-to-office mandates have been a hot topic across various industries since the pandemic forced myriad employees to work from home. More recently, many employers have asked staff to return to the office for two or three days a week. A study last month found that remote workdid not have an impacton productivity.

The issue has been particularly controversial among video-game workersthanks to the volatilityof the industry and its lack of a centralized workforce. Many of 2023’s biggest video-game hits, such asMarvel’s Spider-Man 2from Insomniac Games, weredeveloped remotely.

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