Whether your love the Grand Theft Auto series or hate it with a burning passion, it’s hard to deny that it’s left an indelible print on the face of video games. The very adult-oriented crime series was ahead of its time on the original PlayStation, however it really hit its stride with the release of Grand Theft Auto III on the PlayStation 2. With an unrestrained ability to cause carnage and engage in untoward behaviour you’d never dream of doing in real life (we hope), the game was an instant classic and a top seller. Although it was set for a re-release on the PlayStation Store this week, it seems that fans will have to wait a little while longer to be able to play this on their PlayStation 3.
The re-release of Grand Theft Auto III was expected to be included in this week’s update of the PlayStation Store, however it was pulled at the last minute for reasons that were not initially disclosed. Citing “unforeseen circumstances”, the updated posted to announce the delay simply said that an information would be forthcoming regarding a possible release date. In his responses to customer inquiries on the Playstation Blog, community manager Morgan Haro shed more light on the matter. The issue stems from difficulty that Sony is having securing licenses for some of the music featured in the game, though it is unknown which exact songs are holding up the process.
The Grand Theft Auto series is known for having interesting soundtracks, with the music and talk radio stations often being half the pleasure of playing the game. I remember driving around for hours listening to the hilarious talk radio banter, or enjoying some of my favourite 80’s tunes in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City whilst running over pedestrians in a moped. The problem that often comes with porting an older game to a new console is music licensing, so this is not surprising on the whole. Hopefully this will get sorted out soon and series fans, as well as new initiates, will be back to causing mayhem in the streets of Liberty City in no time.
It should be noted that the port of Grand Theft Auto III is going to be a bare-bones port off the original game. Additional content such as extra missions, graphical upgrades and trophy support will not be included. Definitely not a great value for those who still own their original PlayStation 2 copy, however it’ll be a good “bang for buck” download for others. Grand Theft Auto III was also re-released as an iOS and Android download in the fall of 2011 to mark the 10th anniversary of the game’s release.