It was reported earlier that Sony has confirmed for folks living in Europe that pre-order customers of GTA 5 are unable to pre-load the title until Monday, which is a day before release. As for those living in the US, the situation there might be deem to be even more outrageous – US customers will not be able to enjoy any kind of pre-loading at all. Just how much of a big deal pre-loading a game is? Well, if you could do so via Sony’s PlayStation Store, it meant that you could start downloading it a few days before the official release, letting you play the game the moment it is made available officially, instead of having to go through the uber slow connections on release day itself.
Thankfully, both Sony and Rockstar have seemingly worked out some sort of compromise or agreement. It was announced over Twitter that folks living in the US who have placed a pre-order for Grand Theft Auto V via the PlayStation Store will still be able to pre-load the game on September 16, from 3:00 AM Eastern onward. Those living across the pond in Europe can enjoy PSN preloading on September 15 at 3:00 PM BST. Hmmm, first Sony had an early GTA 5 leak that they apologized for afterward, and now this.
Update: Below is PlayStation’s most recent tweet on the situation, citing a Tuesday release. What do you make of the situation?
Grand Theft Auto V will be available for download on the US PlayStation Store starting at 12AM Eastern Time this Tuesday, 9/17
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) September 14, 2013