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Rockstar LA Noire sequel leak proven fake amid GTA 6 rumors

by Brad Norton
Rockstar Games

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After what appeared to be a leaked upload surfaced on YouTube, fans of Grand Theft Auto creators Rockstar Games believed L.A. Noire Part Two was on the way – but the leak now looks to have been faked.

Released in 2011, LA Noire broke the action-packed, frenetic mold of Rockstar’s typical open-world titles, opting instead for a slower-paced detective title. 

Following a number of re-releases over the years and even a Virtual Reality port, a YouTube video and Topic surfaced that seemed to suggest a sequel was finally on its way.

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L.A. Noire first released in 2011 across the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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LA Noire Part 2 Leak

While countless leaks seem to indicate developers at Rockstar are hard at work on the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto franchise, as well as rumors of a Bully follow up, a new video appeared to shed light on a potential sequel to the noir detective game.

A March 14 YouTube upload randomly appeared on a channel labeled as “L.A. Noire Part Two - Topic.” With only a single subscriber before the video and the channel were both taken down, the video was seemingly an upload of popular 80’s hit Break My Stride from Matthew Wilder. Perhaps hinting at a new setting and a distinct time-jump for the series as the original took place in 1947.

The video was allegedly ‘auto-generated’ by YouTube per the description, and ‘The Music of L.A. Noire Part Two' appears to reveal the existence of a sequel and, for the most part, this looked to be a legitimate leak, but a new video by ZacCoxTV claims to prove the opposite.

Reddit: OnkelJupp
The since-deleted upload was captured before being taken down.

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Was it real?

Within a few hours, Zac had done some digging into the leak to find out whether it was real or not – and came to the conclusion that it was entirely, "100% fake."

Firstly, he says, the Topic didn't have an 'About' tab – which all YouTube Topics do, usually with some information about whatever it contains. Then, he says, the word "Topic" was translated for users in other languages, something YouTube never does for Topics, instead providing the English for every user. His final point was that it used a song from the 1980's – something Rockstar never do, instead only releasing soundtracks of music they've produced or worked on.

(Timestamp 6:05 for mobile viewers)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXBw75vjzuk

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So, while the community got excited about the prospect of an L.A. Noire sequel, it appears fans may have to wait a little longer – if it even comes at all.

In the meantime, it appears GTA 6 is getting closer every day, with an announcement expected imminently.