Swindling and getting away with high-crime may be common in Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto games, but unfortunately over the weekend it seems the same may have happened to the developer on the latest title in its crime saga, Grand Theft Auto V.
Digital pre-orders for the game via PSN were made available to pre-load late at night in the UK, allowing fans to (accidentally) begin downloading files and assets from the game ahead of its activation on its release date, September 17th (worldwide release). Most of all, this allowed fans to search through the game’s media files and code for new details on the game, in particular uncovering a significant portion of the game’s massive soundtrack and music for its many radio stations.
Since the leak over this weekend, Sony has made a statement and apologized to Rockstar for the incident on the European PlayStation Blog:
“Regrettably, some people who downloaded the digital pre-order of Grand Theft Auto V through the PlayStation Store in Europe were able to access certain GTA V assets. These assets were posted online. We have since removed the digital pre-order file from the PlayStation Store in Europe. We sincerely apologize to Rockstar and GTA fans across the world who were exposed to the spoiler content. GTA V is one of the most highly-anticipated games of the year with a very passionate following, and we’re looking forward to a historic launch on September 17th.”
Rockstar also issued a response after the leak:
“Unfortunately, as many of you already know, some people who downloaded the digital pre-order of Grand Theft Auto V through the PlayStation Store in Europe were able to access certain GTA V assets leading to leaked information and media from the game appearing online. As you can imagine, we are deeply disappointed by leaks and spoilers being spread in advance of the game’s launch. GTA V represents years of hard work by many people across the world, and we all couldn’t be more excited to finally share it with you properly this September 17th.”
Grand Theft Auto V releases worldwide for Xbox 360 and PS3 on September 17th.