Grand Theft Auto 5 screenshot
Grand Theft Auto 5 screenshot

Sony has apologised to Rockstar and GTA fans for the leaks resulting from last week’s Grand Theft Auto 5 pre-load event.

Pre-order customers had been given the opportunity to download the full version of GTA 5 from the European PlayStation Store almost a month in advance of the game's release to ensure that the download would be ready for day one.

However, some users were able to - inevitably - extract certain audio files from the download, which were later posted on the internet.

“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,” said SCEE’s head of communications Nick Caplin in an update on PlayStation Blog.

“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 17.”

The game’s opening theme and in-game TV advertisements are both thought to have been exposed, alongside all of the audio from the game’s radio stations.

However, Russian modder Yuriy Krivoruchko claims (via Rockstar Informer) that “it is not possible to run the game,” because “a Rockstar Games encryption key is needed which can be found only in the executable.”

But once a disc version of the game leaks “it will be possible”, he says.

GTA 5 launches on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on September 17.

Source: blog.eu.playstation.com, rockstarinformer.com

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Karlius

The only reason I can think why Sony would be apologising is if they feel guilty about something or simply for face sake. My prediction is Sony guaranteed encryption of the whole content and only came up half way. It's a sad state of affairs for all concerned but inevitable why on earth would you release something so early 2-3 days before even a week but a month. Rockstar/2K also have to take on blame too they were obviously thinking that they would benefit from this hence agreeing.
Posted 20:56 on 26 August 2013
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pblive

It's the whole thing, one download, as you'd expect from pretty much any download service. The people who cracked it basically tore the assets out of the file and only audio files. There wouldn't be a point doing it in two lots as the idea is to have it ready to play at launch.

The only thing that's puzzling is why it was available so early.
Posted 09:52 on 26 August 2013
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Endless@ pblive

They're not expecting people to hack their game? What is this 1990?! If Allow pre-downloading of game assets only, any cinematic or story-related items should be in the much smaller day-one download patch.

I do agree that it's always the 1% spoiling it for everyone else though, it's been really annoying me lately how news of new games, features, whatever is always half-leaked or brute force hacked out of companies before it's intended. Most of the time we end up with mis-communicated information and half-truths because of this need to get the big scoop first. Drives me mad, just fricken wait for the official announcements and be done with it.
Posted 00:10 on 26 August 2013
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pblive

They're not expecting people to hack the game, so why is it their fault? They offer a service 99% of the customers make proper use of and love, but the few who want to spoil it use it to their own ends.
Posted 22:09 on 25 August 2013
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Mintyrebel@ Clockpunk

Closer to 3 weeks, and it happens with the bigger games, especially after they go gold.

Hackers gunna hack.
Posted 18:19 on 25 August 2013
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Clockpunk

I'm certainly not joking, and it seems SCEE may have been in error in allowing the pre-install to initiate so far in advance - no other Sony territories allowed it.

A week in advance, you expect to put the spoiler shields up, but not 4 weeks ahead. Especially as in-game video has apparently been cracked, including the ending...
Posted 18:14 on 25 August 2013
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Mintyrebel@ Clockpunk

How is it their fault? They offer pre-download with a lot of games, if Rockstar didn't want them to do it they would have stopped them. Even if this didn't happen when discs are obtained (and they will be) spoilers would be released.

Edit: Re-reading it, not sure if you were joking or not...
Posted 17:41 on 25 August 2013
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Clockpunk

Damn right they should apologise for their mistake - it is their fault potential spoilers might begin to surface anywhere from this point forward... >.<
Posted 17:20 on 25 August 2013
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Mintyrebel

No idea why apologies are needed, this was obviously going to happen with a game this big and as mentioned in the article, once they get hold of a disc (which they will) the entire game can be opened.
Posted 15:56 on 25 August 2013
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Gimpknight

a bit unrelated but amazon have slashed the prices for some upcoming games Gta 5 is £35 aswell as gran turismo 6 beyond and call of duty
Posted 14:45 on 25 August 2013
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pblive

More like a few people spoiling it for everyone else. Now who is going to want their game preloaded? 99% of customers will then lose out because that 1% wanted to crack the game's assets.
Posted 13:51 on 25 August 2013
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FantasyMeister

Not sure why Sony are apologising to Rockstar, surely 2K/Rockstar must have given them the go ahead to offer the pre-load a month before launch in the first place?

My initial reaction is that someone made an incredibly stupid decision here, but then maybe they figured that now that GTAV has gone gold it'll be out in the wild in no time anyway. Meh.

p.s. thanks for working Sunday, much appreciated!
Posted 12:19 on 25 August 2013

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