The leak of gameplay and story details concerning Grand Theft Auto 5 stemmed from a file in the European PlayStation Store’s digital pre-order download of the game, Sony and Rockstar announcements revealed yesterday.
PlayStation Social Media Manager Sid Shuman stated that the pre-order file has since been removed and apologized to “Rockstar and GTA fans across the world who were exposed to the spoiler content.”
Rockstar’s statement on a Rockstar Newswire post explained it was “deeply disappointed by leaks and spoilers being spread in advance of the game’s launch. GTA5 represents years of hard work by many people across the world, and we all couldn’t be more excited to finally share it with you properly this September 17.”
Rockstar also took the opportunity to remind Social Club community members that anyone discussing spoilers or misinformation would “have commenting privileges revoked until well after the game’s release.” It’s nice to see Rockstar committing to providing a spoiler-free place to anticipate GTA5, but we all know how the internet handles popular media. If you’re hoping to keep the game’s surprises intact, consider avoiding social media until the game’s September 17 release.