Last week Rockstar launched the Grand Theft Auto Trilogy, a remastered bundle of three of the most influential games of all time, and almost immediately after Rockstar Games Launcher went down and the game was taken off sale. The launcher restarted late Friday but the triode remained unavailable.
We reported on this last week, talking to Dataminers who suggested that the real problem with the trilogy was the presence of unlicensed music tracks and in-code developer comments. It has also been suggested, that PC Gamer cannot independently confirm, at the time of writing, that The infamous Hot Coffee Files can be found there,
Rockstar official account later confirmed That the trilogy was “unavailable to play or purchase because we inadvertently removed the files included in these versions.” It’s now back for sale, possibly stripped of the offending material.
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition is again available to play and purchase through the Rockstar Games Launcher. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience, and we’re working to improve and update overall performance as we move forward: https://t.co/hAfEKqYS3oNovember 15, 2021
It’s all a shame for Rockstar, a publisher that hitherto had a well-earned reputation for polish and highest production values. To send its flagship titles, the games that made it, in such a sorry state suggests a serious lack of at least oversight on the project.
And the fun can’t stop there. The question is whether shipping a game with a bunch of files that didn’t have a license could turn into a legal problem. “In short, yes, I think they can get into trouble even if access is limited,” business lawyer Richard Hoegg NS Hoegg’s Law tells us. “They (probably) don’t have the right to distribute those songs. Now, the fact is you have to do some pretty important things to operate them. Courage Happen [at] At least a partial defense to a full legal claim, but what we’re really talking about here is the content holder getting upset before someone goes to court. With respect to that circumstance, I think the publisher has every reason to be concerned.”
Which is to say: it probably won’t end in court (at least on the music side), but Rockstar may have to make some amendments behind closed doors.
The GTA Trilogy launch looks like it will be in the news for a while as these files are only part of its woes. The quality of the ports appears to be extremely poor, with some calling it glitchy, quirky implementations with features like rain that can make the game more or less unplayable. The trilogy may be back on sale, but it may be a while before it deserves the games it should have brought back to life.