*Just to clarify, I don’t know any spoilers and therefore this news piece doesn’t contain any.*
Sony has apologised to Rockstar and fans of the Grand Theft Auto series, since the preload for the upcoming game, downloaded from the European PlayStation store, allowed for the extraction of certain audio files, revealing major plot points.
The hackers behind the move did nothing illegal, simply preloading the game as many other fans had done to allow them to get started playing as soon as the release day ticked over. However, part of the game’s encryption was cracked open, leading to many story elements appearing on sites like Youtube and GTA forums. Rockstar has been doing its best to have these taken down and has requested that sites do not reveal anything that could jeopardise the story.
Sony has also apologised to anyone that inadvertently had the game spoiled for them: “Regrettably, some people who downloaded the digital pre-order of Grand Theft Auto 5 through the PlayStation Store in Europe were able to access certain GTA5 assets,” Sony Europe exec Nick Caplin said in a statement on the EU PlayStation blog (via Eurogamer).”We have since removed the digital pre-order file from the PlayStation Store in Europe. We sincerely apologise to Rockstar and GTA fans across the world who were exposed to the spoiler content. GTA5 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.”
KitGuru Says: Really, it doesn’t seem like Sony should be apologising here. It didn’t do anything wrong. Hackers did as hackers do and broke the encryption. It’s a shame, I’ll give you that, but Sony’s not at fault for providing a pre-load.