Puzzling new GTA PlayStation leak has left fans scratching their heads - Dexerto
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Puzzling new GTA PlayStation leak has left fans scratching their heads

Published: 30/Apr/2020 2:20 Updated: 30/Apr/2020 2:57

by Brad Norton

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A new PlayStation-specific Grand Theft Auto leak has the gaming community all too confused as old entries appear to be returning in an odd way.

As leaks continue to slip through the cracks in the lead up to GTA 6, Rockstar’s avid fan base appears to be on top of every little detail ahead of an official unveiling.

However, one particular leak has the community stumped as earlier entries in the franchise appear to be making a return in a confusing way.

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Classic GTA titles appear to be making a comeback… sort of.

Similar to the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) that applies age ratings to video games in America, the Pan European Game Information (PEGI) rating board handles ratings across its own region.

Two classic Rockstar titles have been passed through the rating board with a few odd twists. Grand Theft Auto and Grand Theft Auto 2, released in 1997 and 1999 respectively, appear to be making a comeback.

The former was approved with a 16+ rating, while the sequel received an 18+ label. However, both titles are set to release on April 30, according to the rating board, and both are supposedly headed to the PlayStation 3.

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Two classic GTA titles have been rated.

Given that the former generation of hardware ended its production in 2017, the listings have gamers around the world scratching their heads. 

Why would two overhead classics be making a comeback on such an outdated system? And why would they both be released out of nowhere? There are no clear cut answers just yet, but there are a few possible explanations.

One likely scenario could see the two popular games added to Sony’s digital streaming service, PlayStation Now. This cloud-based subscription service allows PlayStation 4 users to play classic titles from previous generations.

Another theory could see the old releases lining up for a PlayStation 5 crossover. There’s no telling the extent of the PS5’s backwards compatibility, though these listings could hint at the digital potential to replay classic games.

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Could the very first GTA game be making its way to PlayStation consoles soon?

With the release dates set to April 30, there’s a good chance that we hear something official out of Rockstar or Sony very soon. 

It is worth noting, however, that these ratings have only appeared from the European board. ESRB is yet to classify the old titles for the PlayStation 3 in America.

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Rockstar accused of censoring GTA 6 discussion amid map leaks

Published: 23/Oct/2020 19:08

by Michael Gwilliam

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Rockstar Games appears to be clamping down on GTA 6 discussion on social media after users claimed to have noticed their comments being censored on YouTube.

The news of the alleged censorship comes right as leaks supposedly revealing Vice City as the setting for the next installment in the franchise.

On Reddit, user TypicalPoetry22 voiced their frustration over the censorship with images showing how their comment about Grand Theft Auto 6 was removed from YouTube.

“So, like every time I watch the newly uploaded YouTube video from Rockstar Games. And like every time I also look at the comments,” they said, commenting that they spotted something suspicious. “There I noticed that I haven’t seen a single comment about GTA 6.”

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Could this leak be related to GTA 6?

According to TypicalPoetry22, they wrote a comment about GTA 6 and then opened their browser in incognito mode only to see that it wasn’t visible. “So, Rockstar Games has blacklisted ‘GTA 6’ on YouTube.”

In the attached images, you can see a screenshot of a comment that reads “GTA 6 when” and then another with the remark nowhere to be seen. However, “GTA VI” seems to still be allowed.

It’s unclear when Rockstar started implementing this filter – if they have at all – but its discovery comes as an older map leak for Grand Theft Auto 6 resurfaced after one eerily similar found its way onto the internet.

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Rockstar is accused of removing comments with “GTA 6” in them.

As Dexerto previously reported, the original leak seems to have emerged from someone with significant insider information as there is evidence suggesting they worked at Take-Two Interactive.

It is always possible that Rockstar is trying to prevent the spread of the map leaks on its own YouTube videos, but it could also just be the company trying to remove the influx of people commenting about a game that isn’t even announced yet.

Nonetheless, it’s a bit strange for Rockstar to be removing comments – if this is the case. Only time will tell when they finally decide to reveal the long-awaited sixth installment in the series.