GTAIV: Episodes delayed on PC and PS3

Sony Europe requests delay release by two weeks; PC also held back to maintain multiplayer balance

Rockstar has announced it will have to delay the release of Grand Theft Auto IV: Episodes From Liberty City on PC as well as PlayStation 3 following last minute requests by Sony.

The Ballard of Gay Tony and Lost & Damned should have seen a release this month, bringing the DLC outside of the Xbox 360 for the first time, however a request by Sony Europe to edit some of the in-game radio and TV broadcasts has caused a delay.

"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," Rockstar explained 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."

The company added: "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."

While the edits are on the PS3 European versions only, Rockstar says it decided to delay all releases so that "everyone can experience multiplayer simultaneously, take part in online events together, be on level ground on leaderboards, etc" but admitted it was a "tough decision".