Episodes from Liberty City Now Coming to PlayStation 3 and PC this April

Posted on March 18 2010, 5:09pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

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.

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.  This new date will enable us to rectify these changes for Sony Europe, and still allow for a level playing field for all of the Grand Theft Auto fans that have been waiting patiently for this release.  In the meantime, we’re moving full speed ahead towards the new game release date.  On that note – please be aware that the Grand Theft Auto IV PlayStation 3 leaderboards at Rockstar Games Social Club will be down for maintenance for one week starting March 22nd as we work on their re-launch in support of Episodes from Liberty City.

Below are answers to some additional questions that we know some of you may have…

Those game changes sound pretty minor.  Why does the game have to be delayed a whole two weeks?

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.

Why is content being edited just for the European release?  This doesn’t seem fair.
There are different regional requirements for content – whether dictated by ratings boards like the ESRB and BBFC or by SCEE – this is pretty standard in the world of entertainment.

If this content is only being edited for the PlayStation 3 release, and only in Europe… why does everyone in North America etc have to wait?  And why do PC players have to wait at all?

This was a tough decision but with a simultaneous release, everyone can experience multiplayer simultaneously, take part in online events together, be on level ground on leaderboards, etc.

What about those Episodes from Liberty City PSN and GFWL Social Club multiplayer events you announced for April 2nd and 3rd? 
The first Episodes events for those systems will now be on April 16th and 17th.  We will most likely replace the originally scheduled early April events with one for another game.  Any requests?

Any other questions, please feel to leave in the Comments area and we’ll do our best to answer.  While this sort of thing may be commonplace in the world of interactive entertainment, we know that game delays are as disappointing to you all as they are to us – and we thank all of our fans immensely for their patience and understanding.

Rockstar Games

  • conorSuperon April 16 2010, 4:02pmReplyFlag
    i got this today and it is great and i usually use cheats on gta so i am asking when are the cheats being released for the ps3 version cause i searched up some for the ps3 and it only give me the 360s cheats, or are the cheat codes all the same on both consoles
    please write back
    • AilanCon April 13 2010, 5:50pmReplyFlag
      I just wanted to let everyone know there is no is no more co-op missions, only tdm and dm. Also we have our first god-moder who can't be killed. Its kind of sad because there was only one server for MP just now and 6 of us playing and out of 6 one person has already hacked the MP and started cheating. It just sucks.`
      • AilanCon April 13 2010, 5:33pmReplyFlag
        I'm rereading some of these posts talking enthusiastically about optimization of bug free, but the moment I started the first cut scene in the bank there were guns floating around and people talking, the models were INVISIBLE. Since I haven't ever played this because I don't have a 360 I still don't know what was going on, although I heard packie's voice talking to his brother. When I spawned in as louis in front of tony both of them were invisible or whoever louis spawned with. I had to his ESC and go back in suddenly everything respawned and I could see. I checked all settings with GTA IV and did the same exact ones but while on the high way and moving I get significantly lower fps and more jerkyness. I listed my specs below and that really isn't the issue. Its really strange how textures from about 50 feet will flicker on and off in some locations. If you want to play this on high settings you are going to need more than you did in GTA IV. The people who have already bought it as I can tell will defend this to the death, and they will urge everyone to buy it so they won't play alone. I am just mad at myself for splurging and purchasing this when I told myself that it was going to be a rip-off, I feel that this is an honest opinion.
        • AilanCon April 13 2010, 5:22pmReplyFlag
          I went ahead and got the EFLC because I had paypal cash anyways and I was bored. I must say I am extremely and surprisingly disappointed by this quick port. TBOGT plays at much lower framerates and has wierd issues such as sometimes models disappear, also another is when flying textures flicker, and the games definition has just gone down, even with an added option for anistropic filtering. You should know that day one has about 3 games on it with around 10 people altogether that are all getting to know eachother real well. There are about 3 games in TBOGT MP going on and I'm told that TLAD has none, though I haven't checked. I also should mention that the options in MP have been reduced, you can no longer pick low medium or high level or different classifications of guns in the game now, the game types are actually reduced to dm tdm race race nitro and free mode. The story for TBOGT is interesting, but its not ground breaking. I'm really surprised just at how little was put into the expansion for PC. Truly you may want to rethink this or borrow someones steam and maybe they can let you play test it. I do run on a quad-core 3ghz geforce 275 and I used to run GTA IV smoothly. This game is rather choppy and has very wierd graphical glitches. It is similar to replaces all the cars in GTA IV with high resolution ones and everything lags. That is kind of what this expansion is. There are no positive tweaks that I can see as far as GTA IV is concerned. All that was added was simply scripting that honestly would have been done for free by any of the GTA community. Unfortunately the coding to do so or even the option for adding modules isn't a possibility. Even the amount of clothing has been reduced extremely even for rank 0. All and all its pretty lacking. It is not optimized... Do not go into it thinking that. It has some extremely weird glitches things disappearing and reappearing. Some will get on here and defend it saying they are having a blast exclamation point... but that wears off after you drive the new car, shoot the new guns, and fly the new helicopter, the other cool stuff like team mafia work etc is removed. Its just unfortunate that they care so little, perhaps the PS3 version is different though. I am speaking in terms of the PC version.
          • conorSuperon April 13 2010, 10:40amReplyFlag
            3 days to go for europe
            • conorSuperon April 10 2010, 4:43amReplyFlag
              6 days to go
              • conorSuperon April 7 2010, 4:57pmReplyFlag
                @B1L7Y_PSN all the versions are being fixed its just that sony europe is fixing it the ps3 version in europe and the us will be the same when released
                • B1L7Y_PSNon April 7 2010, 9:48amReplyFlag
                  it's not fair , only europe version getting fixed !!! why us version not get the same???
                  • conorSuperon April 7 2010, 5:17amReplyFlag
                    9 more days to go
                    • Dylan_S_09on April 3 2010, 2:53pmReplyFlag
                      No Because These Arent Really ADD-ONS They re Being Advertised As 2 Complete Games (which they are)
                      To Buy The 2 Games On Disc Is $40
                      To Buy 1 Of The Games On PSN is $19.99
                      • luisitow17on April 1 2010, 11:15pmReplyFlag
                        PLEASE DONT CENCERED EPISODES FROM LIBERTY CITY!!! I LIKE WHEN the celebinator s**ts himself!!! xD please dont cencered the best parts of the game!!!DONT CENCERED BADWORDS CUZ IS A GAME FOR ADULTS NO 4 KIDS!!! DAMN!!!!
                        • Jake_7on April 1 2010, 10:54amReplyFlag
                          and if its on there website it must mean they have submitted it so there should be no more delays. :)
                          • Jake_7on April 1 2010, 10:52amReplyFlag
                            I was on the playstation uk website and grand theft auto epsiodes form liberty city has been given a 18 rating meaning what they have edited is nothink to major so im gunna be getting my british copy.
                            • Lethal_Dozeon April 1 2010, 8:42amReplyFlag
                              Actually I won't be able to play it until June. By the time we will know what was cut out, I will definately import US version if European version will happen to be censored. Damn SCEE.
                              • citizenzombie.on April 1 2010, 6:28amReplyFlag
                                I am living in Japan and playing (what I assume to be) the American version of GTAIV on a Japanese system, with no problems. I am eagerly anticipating the release of "Episodes From Liberty City" and am interested in getting the American version of the release via the PlayStation store. I was wondering if this is possible with an Internet connection in Japan. I am not interested in obtaining the Japanese version of the release. Will there be some way to specify which version of the release I want, at the time of purchase, in the PlayStation Store?
                                • t-oliveiraon March 31 2010, 10:00pmReplyFlag
                                  Y'all dont even understand, its not glitches, its cutting stuff from the game, thats what is bothering everyone ! ( and the fact that the two week delay is exactly most people spring break )
                                  • Gh0st_Fac3on March 31 2010, 1:42pmReplyFlag
                                    This is not Rockstar's fault. It is down to Sony & rating boards as stated in the article. At least Rockstar have had the decency to tell the truth and sympathize with gamers well before the original release date. Thanks guys.
                                    • Listaaon March 31 2010, 1:26pmReplyFlag
                                      Atleast if they are fixing bug issues and stuff its only 2 weeks.. try doing somthing new instead of sitting on your computer for 2 weeks .. theres alot of things out there instead of videogames. Personally I think America should have it released on the release day seeing as there was no problem for them - I don't live in USA either. I would rather have a good dlc package bug free instead of some glitchy stuff whilst im playing.
                                      • FirebirdLVon March 30 2010, 5:34pmReplyFlag
                                        I ain't gonna cry for this game because am really bored of gta 4 and I don't play it anymore
                                        • Grizzly_Stormon March 30 2010, 8:42amReplyFlag

                                          Rockstar released a dvd movie it was 21 mins long titled Grand Theft Auto San Andreas The Introduction it showed cj in liberty city twice aswell as the drive-by from the green saber at cj's house discussion from some ballas and even ken rosenberg having a call ignored from tommy vercetti.
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