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Sony apologises for GTA V leaks, pulls EU digital pre-order

Leaked files out spoilers following digital pre-order hiccup

Sony has apologised to Rockstar and gamers for leaked GTA V details that emerged online via a PlayStation Store error.

Gamers who pre-ordered the game via the EU PlayStation Store were apparently accidentally given access to files that revealed game details, which were inevitably posted online.

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PS Store pre-orders allow players to pre-instal a large but typically unusable portion of the the game ahead of launch, with an eye to being able play the game sooner once it's released in full.

But Sony has pulled the pre-instal files from its EU digital store, and issued a statement apologising to developer Rockstar and gamers who saw the spoilers.

"Regrettably, some people who downloaded the digital pre-order of Grand Theft Auto V through the PlayStation Store in Europe were able to access certain GTA V assets," said Sony in the statement.

"These assets were posted online. We have since removed the digital pre-order file from the PlayStation Store in Europe. We sincerely apologize to Rockstar and GTA fans across the world who were exposed to the spoiler content. GTA V is one of the most highly anticipated games of the year with a very passionate following, and we're looking forward to a historic launch on September 17."

In-game music, including a full list of the licensed music tracks included in the game, were reportedly among the leaks discovered by those who mined the pre-instal files.

Rockstar has confirmed a US and European GTA 5 release date of September 17 on Xbox 360 and PS3. The game will launch in Japan on October 10.

Rockstar recently revealed GTA Online with a debut trailer and the news that it will launch two weeks after GTA V. For more details, read our Grand Theft Auto Online interview, and get our impressions of the game in this GTA Online first look preview.

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