Grand Theft Auto V has been delayed on the PSN, which has lead to an outcry from the European PSN community who have pre-ordered the game via the Playstation Network. Users would normally pay for the game in advance and be allowed to download the game instantly. However, the game would not activate until launch.
GTA V was scheduled to be available from the 13th of September and by the time the 17GB download had installed the game should have been ready for launch. When the pre-load failed to activate on friday, consumers were sent into a blind panic (this is GTA after all). Sony confirmed that the download would become available on 16th of September, only one day before launch. This concerned people with slow internet download speeds as to whether they would receive the game in time for launch. Consumers were also unable to get a refund as the game’s pre-paid download is effectively in stasis.
Sony hasn’t commented as to why there has been a delay but many will assume this is due to the hacked version of GTA V that accidentally hit the Playstation Network. Sony accidentally uploaded the full game in advance in August but left themselves vulnerable to hackers who were able to gain access to various areas of the game. This lead to a slightly sour relationship between Sony and Rockstar. At Twinstickgaming we assume this delay has come as a result of that, as Sony will not want to make the same mistake twice.
Fortunately a tweet from the Playstation Europe has stated that the download date has been brought forward to September the 15th. Hopefully this will give people enough time to download and install the game ready for launch.
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