Sony has apologized to Rockstar and GTA fans after copies of Grand Theft Auto 5 downloaded from the EU PlayStation Store were cracked open by hackers.
The firm has since suspended the ability to preload the title ahead of its launch after story spoilers and a tracklisting of all the game’s music leaked online.
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‘Grand Theft Auto 5’ screenshot
The full game is not playable, but details were taken from audio files by partially cracking Grand Theft Auto 5‘s encryption.
“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 GTA 5 assets,” Sony Europe exec Nick Caplin said in a statement.
“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 5 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.”
Videos of the hacked assets are now being pulled from YouTube, while Rockstar has asked GTAForums to remove details of the leaks.