We previously reported that hackers were in the process of cracking and leaking "Grand Theft Auto 5." Now, Sony has acknowledged the leak and issued an apology, officially legitimizing the leaked "GTA 5" content.
In a statement on its official blog, Sony said:
"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 17th September."
"We’re pleased to confirm that Grand Theft Auto V has officially gone gold and we’re now preparing the game for release on September 17th for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Unfortunately, as many of you may 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 GTAV assets leading to leaked information and media from the game appearing online. You can read Sony’s statement on this here: As you can imagine, we are deeply disappointed by leaks and spoilers being spread in advance of the game's launch. GTAV 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. Please stay tuned here at the Rockstar Newswire for all announcements about GTAV between now and game release as we definitely still have more to officially reveal.
"As a specific note to our Social Club community, please remember Rule #1 right above the Comment Box. Please do not proliferate such things here as we certainly don’t want any misinformation spread from things that are fake nor do we want spoilers spread regarding anything that might be true. Anyone engaging in such discussion here at the Rockstar Newswire before September 17th will have commenting privileges revoked until well after the game’s release. Thank you all for your understanding and your support."
Some of the leaked "GTA 5" content includes the main preload theme for the game. Listen to it below, courtesy of YouTube.
This "GTA 5" Reddit thread contains a list of songs included in the "GTA 5" soundtrack.
Songs, albums and software are often leaked to the Internet prior to their official release date on a regular basis, so we're not surprised that "GTA 5" content has been leaked. After all, operating systems like Windows have been leaked. If a behemoth like Microsoft can't keep its unreleased software locked down, who is to say that Rockstar Games isn't vulnerable to leaking as well?
What do you think? Would you want to play a leaked version of "GTA 5"? Why or why not? What do you think of the "GTA 5" content that has been leaked so far? Sound off in the comments below.
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