Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City for the PlayStation and PC—and their individual downloadable episodes—won't be making their previously scheduled release dates. Rockstar says the game will be delayed by two weeks to accommodate "minor content changes."
Rockstar says it is "forced" to delay the retail release and the downloadable episodes (Grand Theft Auto: The Lost & Damned and Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony) for those platforms due to "a request by Sony Europe to make some minor content changes to the PAL PS3 version of the game." The new release dates are April 13 for North America and April 16 for all other countries.
That's not too surprising, given the precedent set by Grand Theft Auto IV, which also had "minor differences between the Australian and US/EU versions." But a two week delay is a two week delay and that kind of sucks.
"We want to assure our fans that the minor changes made to the game will not affect the gamers enjoyment of the games, these will not affect any gameplay elements and were not related to any local ratings requirements," reads a statement from Rockstar.
Why the global delay then, when the changes affect Europe and PAL gamers? Rockstar says it wants players to "experience multiplayer simultaneously, take part in online events together, [and] be on level ground on leaderboards." I can get on board with that. In fact, consider me officially "on board," Houser Bros.!