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GTA IV: Episodes from Liberty City sees slight delay on PC and PS3

Thursday, 18th March 2010 21:58 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Rockstar has revealed that GTA IV: Episodes from Liberty City will be delayed into April.

Originally slated for March, blame it on SCEE, apparently, because according to Rockstar, Sony wanted it to edit some of the content in media bits of the game.

“Due to a last minute game submission request from Sony Computer Entertainment Europe to edit some of the in-game Liberty City radio station, television, and internet content – we are forced to delay the worldwide release of Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City for both PlayStation 3 and PC for an extra two weeks,” wrote Rockstar on its blog.

“The new release date for Episodes from Liberty City – and the two downloadable episodes The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony – on those platforms is now April 13th in North America and April 16th in Europe.

“This new date will enable us to rectify these changes for Sony Europe, and still allow for a level playing field for all of the Grand Theft Auto fans that have been waiting patiently for this release. In the meantime, we’re moving full speed ahead towards the new game release date. On that note – please be aware that the Grand Theft Auto IV PlayStation 3 leaderboards at Rockstar Games Social Club will be down for maintenance for one week starting March 22nd as we work on their re-launch in support of Episodes from Liberty City.

“Unfortunately, with each round of changes comes fully re-testing the game and a full re-submission to PlayStation. This is the nature of the game submission process. Believe us, if we could expedite the turnaround any sooner – we would. We are dying to get this game in the hands of fans who’ve waited for it for so long in the first place.

“This was a tough decision but with a simultaneous release, everyone can experience multiplayer simultaneously, take part in online events together, be on level ground on leaderboards, etc.”

So there you have it. April 13 in North America, and April 16 in Europe.

Thanks, D’toid.

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  1. Razor

    lol SCEE

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Zarckan

    I’ll be doing some digging at the office tomorrow… :(

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Over

    Ok, I understand why it had to be delayed for PS3… What about the PC? Is Sony the publisher of the PC version?

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    I think i know what they are up to.

    They are going to have something TV commercial or Radio commercial stuff with PS3 exclusive in GTA.

    Maybe some AGENT news from the Radio? Or PS3 news? I dunno.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. AHA-Lambda

    my god scee’s incompetence knows no bounds -_-

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Blerk

    Editing? What what? That’d better not be censorship editing, Sony!

    It’s well worth the wait for those of you who haven’t played it, btw. Although from the sounds of it the wait is actually completely unnecessary.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. cookiejar

    I hope they aint editing out the Red Ringed Xbox 360 in Luis’ apartment! I know its the ‘other’ companies console Sony, but come on, its gold! ;)

    http://mosii.gametrailers.com/user-movie/rrod-360-parody-in-gta-iv/334414

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Alakratt

    So just because the Sony’s Europe division wants some edits the WHOLE worldwide release is affected instead of just Europe’s??? Jesus! What?! Something in there offended a certain group of people more than it should? Companies need to start saying “I don’t give a fuck” to content that ‘offends’ people. I mean, it used to the government that censored stuff, but now it’s caused by pussies…I mean, people too?!

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Michael O’Connor

    Curious to know what these edits are.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Blerk

    Remember that Australia is included in Sony Europe. It might be that the edits are required specifically for that region.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. cookiejar

    Ah yeah forgot about the Aussies.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Michael O’Connor

    If that was the case, those edits would have already occurred in the 360 version, surely?

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Edward Cullen

    I’m not so sure about this. But I think Australia have a separate region (Region 4 i think).

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Blerk

    Good point, Michael.

    Reading about a bit, Rockstar have apparently said the request is from Sony itself not any ratings board. Which makes it doubly weird, especially seeing as Sony America were apparently perfectly happy with it. Bit harsh to hold the PC version up for this, though.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Gekidami

    @13
    No they dont, they’re apart of SCEE. Counted as a PAL region.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Edward Cullen

    Oh, yeah thanks.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Has anyone confirmed the reason for this delay? I know it’s radio content, but no idea what or why though..

    #17 4 years ago