Sony Pulls Grand Theft Auto V Pre-Order Files After Leaks

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Sony Pulls Grand Theft Auto V Pre-Order Files After Leaks

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Sony has removed digital pre-order files for Grand Theft Auto V from the European PlayStation Store following spoiler leaks.

European gamers recently had the opportunity to download pre-order files for Grand Theft Auto V. Unfortunately for Rockstar, several people took it upon themselves to crack open these files and take a peek at the spoilers residing inside. Apparently these included all of the game's audio tracks including its soundtrack, and every bit of dialogue from the game. Trophy information was apparently also found. The details gleaned from the resulting leak apparently include the ending to the game's story.

Understandably mortified by this turn of events, Sony has since pulled the pre-order download from the European PlayStation Store and has issued a statement apologizing to fans and to Rockstar for the leaks. "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," said Sid Shuman, Social Media Manager for Sony. "We sincerely apologize to Rockstar and GTA fans across the world who were exposed to the spoiler content."

At this point, of course, with the leaked info already making rounds on the internet, Sony's efforts at damage control will likely be limited in their effectiveness. That in mind, Grand Theft Auto fans intent on playing the game spoiler free would do well to stay mindful of their potential presence on forums and comment boards until the game releases on September 17th.

Source: PlayStation Blog

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Fuck people who do stuff like this. Seriously, fuck them.

I have to wonder; Did they think people were not going to crack the files?

I read the tracklist, and I will say this, I sure am glad that Rockstar allow users to import their own mp3s. At least on the P.C.

I don't understand why you would want to discover what is going to happen in the game you just bought by reading some files instead of playing it.

getoffmycloud:
I don't understand why you would want to discover what is going to happen in the game you just bought by reading some files instead of playing it.

People are curious folk; they'll try to take a deeper look into anything if they have the will to do so. The discovery of the ending details were likely by accident after the files were cracked - It wasn't something known and directly aimed for. And, to be honest, Sony should've known that the files should be withheld until release day; especially in the Europe region, where many if not a majority of hacks and cracks of various files originate from.

Look, I don't usually state the obvious, but... They always data mine this stuff. What did you expect, sony?

black flag, descendents, youth brigade, circle jerks, the germs... looks like we're getting a punk rock radio station, awesome! I'm liking this ^^

Just wondering, will Escapist mods be deleting spoilers if someone decides to put them up on here?

Does it really matter that much? It's not like you can play the game with that data, it's only some sound files and unimportant stuff. I fail to see what the big deal is.

I don't get this.

There is a not a single person who is going to not buy the game because "oh no, I know the story of a GTA game now!". Even fewer than 0 people are going to not buy the game due to the set list being leaked. Why does anyone care? If you're playing GTA for the story you're doing it wrong.

GTA V will still sell a billion copies and soon nobody will even remember or care that some info that nobody cares about was leaked. Hell, the leak about Lazlo being back has actually made me more likely to purchase the game.

What the balls.

2HF:
I don't get this.

There is a not a single person who is going to not buy the game because "oh no, I know the story of a GTA game now!". Even fewer than 0 people are going to not buy the game due to the set list being leaked. Why does anyone care? If you're playing GTA for the story you're doing it wrong.

GTA V will still sell a billion copies and soon nobody will even remember or care that some info that nobody cares about was leaked. Hell, the leak about Lazlo being back has actually made me more likely to purchase the game.

What the balls.

What will you be playing GTA V for? I mean, I always enjoy the stories in GTA games. They're usually a good gangster flick with humor, violence, sex not necessarily in that order. Yes, just like anyone I sometimes do mess around in the sandbox, but mostly the story is the first thing that compels me to play. Of course the gameplay is a huge factor as well, a huge map, many vehicles, many weapons.

Seagoon:
Fuck people who do stuff like this. Seriously, fuck them.

It's what people do. Get used to it.

This is Sonys fault for not protecting the stuff properly (ie. with encryption). It's really not rocket science.

Commander Obvious:
Look, I don't usually state the obvious, but... They always data mine this stuff. What did you expect, sony?

Apparently Sony has no experience with the video game industry. The fact that this would happen has apparently never occurred to them. /Sarcasm

In cases like this I don't find the cracking as horrible as I do the sharing of it. If you're that curious, keep it to yourself and stop putting everything out there. Some people don't want to know what happens and they shouldn't have to be tread carefully to not have it spoiled.

Floppertje:
black flag, descendents, youth brigade, circle jerks, the germs... looks like we're getting a punk rock radio station, awesome! I'm liking this ^^

I'm glad you said this because I am not willing to ruin a single thing for myself, but I'm glad to know that there's a punk station to look forward to.

Rip them down Hold me up Tell them that Im your gun Pull my trigger I am bigger than...

RIP Darby Crash

Spoiling a game that hasn't been released yet is the dickest of dick moves. Though it's grand theft auto so you probably know how the story goes.

Come on, we all know the ending.

To be honest its not something i'll blame sony for as its some fools who think they're gaining something in screwing about with... well everyone, i'll keep my head down and avoid everything since i want to know nothing but still a bit saddening that cool things get tainted but this form of asshatness.

Commander Obvious:
Look, I don't usually state the obvious, but... They always data mine this stuff. What did you expect, sony?

It is kind of amazing at how tech companies obviously don't understand TECHNOLOGY. People will datamine, no matter what. And they're not really being malicious about it either, they're just curious.

That explains how the trophy list appeared on PSNProfiles then... People just can't leave well enough alone can they?

ShadowGandalf01:
That explains how the trophy list appeared on PSNProfiles then... People just can't leave well enough alone can they?

You know what they say, curiosity killed the cat.

OT: See this isn't something I'm really gonna blame Sony for because let's face it, even if it was heavily encrypted people would still find ways to bypass it to find out about it early. That's really how technology is nowadays and in the age of the internet full cracks and leaks are definitely gonna keep happening, no matter how many security measures you put in.

ShadowGandalf01:
That explains how the trophy list appeared on PSNProfiles then... People just can't leave well enough alone can they?

Actually, most trophy lists are revealed before the game comes out, it used to not be that way. Now sites like PS3trophies.org and others usually receive the full list (to include what the tiles look like). The exception is when game developers purposely ask the site not to list the trophies, usually due to game spoilers.

martyrdrebel27:

Floppertje:
black flag, descendents, youth brigade, circle jerks, the germs... looks like we're getting a punk rock radio station, awesome! I'm liking this ^^

I'm glad you said this because I am not willing to ruin a single thing for myself, but I'm glad to know that there's a punk station to look forward to.

Rip them down Hold me up Tell them that Im your gun Pull my trigger I am bigger than...

RIP Darby Crash

I haven't looked at any of the other stuff myself, don't want to spoil the story, but i WAS very curious about the radio stations and knowing that you have some good tunes to play to doesn't really qualify as a spoiler. The music was really good in San Andreas, glad they're keeping it that way.

Dr.Awkward:

getoffmycloud:
I don't understand why you would want to discover what is going to happen in the game you just bought by reading some files instead of playing it.

People are curious folk; they'll try to take a deeper look into anything if they have the will to do so. The discovery of the ending details were likely by accident after the files were cracked - It wasn't something known and directly aimed for. And, to be honest, Sony should've known that the files should be withheld until release day; especially in the Europe region, where many if not a majority of hacks and cracks of various files originate from.

I wonder if that has anything to do with the prevalence of delayed releases and the rather large chunk of games that never come to Europe. I'm sure the variable copyright laws don't hurt either, but this is all speculation on my part.

OT: Congratulations guys, you've probably just ensured that Sony will be much stricter in what, and when, they release in the European markets. Way to go. As said by an earlier poster, if you're curious, crack away, but keep it to yourselves please.

Seagoon:
Fuck people who do stuff like this. Seriously, fuck them.

They aren't always bad. I thought their ferreting out From Ashes was on disc and had bveen developed prior to the games release (essentially locked on disc DLC) was a good bit of PSA. In this case I blame Sony. They, hell everyone should know better by now.

getoffmycloud:
I don't understand why you would want to discover what is going to happen in the game you just bought by reading some files instead of playing it.

Some people like reading the last chapter of a novel first. Just how they are.

008Zulu:
I have to wonder; Did they think people were not going to crack the files?

I read the tracklist, and I will say this, I sure am glad that Rockstar allow users to import their own mp3s. At least on the P.C.

I agree . It's funny that after the fans discover the "ghost town" in GTA III and San Andreas, not to mention the whole hot coffee fiasco, Rockstar continues to underestimate the resourcefulness of its fans.

It's one thing to crack a game's files and find some hidden, locked-away content that's going to be future DLC or something. Spreading the word about that is a form of protest/activism. But if all you're going to do is crack the game and start spoiling the story, you're not being an activist against shameful industry marketing policies, you're just being a royal douche.

Neronium:
You know what they say, curiosity killed the cat.

OT: See this isn't something I'm really gonna blame Sony for because let's face it, even if it was heavily encrypted people would still find ways to bypass it to find out about it early. That's really how technology is nowadays and in the age of the internet full cracks and leaks are definitely gonna keep happening, no matter how many security measures you put in.

There is a difference between internal leaks (like leaks by employees) or similar leaks that deals with hard security problems and leaks like this caused by inappropriate use and application of technology.

The former is close to impossible to prevent, however this one is of the latter, and was rather easy to prevent. It has nothing to do with the internet being full of cracks: digital information that is encrypted using proper algorithms and standards are IMPOSSIBLE to crack with our current technology (and is going to remain being so in the foreseeable future), and the only way to get to them is to get a hold of the key. That is why software like Steam can allow you to pre-load games before they are released, but not actually play them before they release the key.

So yes, this one is on Sony.

I'm once again impressed by the internet's way of finding things out before they're supposed to. Well done.

008Zulu:
I have to wonder; Did they think people were not going to crack the files?

I read the tracklist, and I will say this, I sure am glad that Rockstar allow users to import their own mp3s. At least on the P.C.

That's all well and good, but most people use streaming services like Spotify or Wimp.

Pinkamena:

008Zulu:
I have to wonder; Did they think people were not going to crack the files?

I read the tracklist, and I will say this, I sure am glad that Rockstar allow users to import their own mp3s. At least on the P.C.

That's all well and good, but most people use streaming services like Spotify or Wimp.

They do? Could've sworn most people have mp3 players. Not entirely sure what they're putting on them, but not mp3s apparently. Nor do I or any of my friends and family happen to have extensive music collections on their hard drives. Or CD/mp3 players in their cars.

2HF:
If you're playing GTA for the story you're doing it wrong.

Because enjoying a story in a sandbox game is clearly "doing it wrong". This comment reeks of ignorance. Please refrain from making such sweeping judgmental statements on things you're not an authority on in the future.

I was worried the game would be recalled altogether when I read the title. I guess I'm glad they're still going ahead with the 9/17/13 release date despite the fact that there's no reason for anyone to buy it anymore.

Sunrider84:

2HF:
If you're playing GTA for the story you're doing it wrong.

Because enjoying a story in a sandbox game is clearly "doing it wrong". This comment reeks of ignorance. Please refrain from making such sweeping judgmental statements on things you're not an authority on in the future.

Possibly you should learn what a flippant and joking comment is. Otherwise you might go through life taking people entirely too seriously and letting it make you jaded and miserable.

2HF:
I don't get this.

There is a not a single person who is going to not buy the game because "oh no, I know the story of a GTA game now!". Even fewer than 0 people are going to not buy the game due to the set list being leaked. Why does anyone care? If you're playing GTA for the story you're doing it wrong.

GTA V will still sell a billion copies and soon nobody will even remember or care that some info that nobody cares about was leaked. Hell, the leak about Lazlo being back has actually made me more likely to purchase the game.

What the balls.

But I want to experience these things without prior knowledge of them! I want to be pleasantly surprised by the cool things not have them revealed before I even play.

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