PC version of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy includes unlicensed music
Rockstar pulled the PC version of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition from its official store on Friday evening, and customers who already bought the game could no longer play it. It has now returned to the store this morning, and players can once again play it.
What's the big deal? Turns out the game shipped with music that Rockstar no longer has a license for. While the music is never played in-game, the audio data is still there. There is also apparently unobfuscated source code present in the game files.
- Rockstar Games launcher went offline shortly after Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy launched
- PC version pulled from digital sale and rendered unplayable
- Data miners have found developer comments in game code
Not-so-definitive: Aside from the unlicensed music and less-than-graceful launch, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition has also provoked considerable mirth thanks to its bizarre NPC models, missing textures, misspellings, and hog wild weather effects.
License to sequel: Take-Two appears unfazed, however: CEO Strauss Zelnick believes Grand Theft Auto has the potential to be a generation-spanning franchise like James Bond, and that the right amount of anticipation and hype will bring the gamers to the table every time.