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Grand Theft Auto V PS3 Can’t be Pre-Loaded in North America, Sony Comments

September 16, 2013 Written by Jason Dunning

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Well, it hasn’t been the smoothest of pre-launches for Grand Theft Auto V on the PSN as Rockstar previously tweeted that “those who’ve pre-ordered GTAV on PSN will be able to preload the game as follows: Sunday 3PM BST in Europe, Monday 3AM EST [12AM PST] in the US”, but it looks like they were wrong.

Unfortunately, pre-loads for North America never actually happened this morning, prompting Morgan Haro to post this following statement on the PS Blog explaining the situation:

Hey guys,

From our end, SCEA has never announced anything regarding any pre-loading functionality. This is functionality that has been used at rare times in EU, however there are a number of factors that we need to consider before using it.

The pre-order functionality on the PS Store works the same as it always has. You guys know that GTA V is far from the first title we’ve ever had on pre-order, but unfortunately there was some mis-information out there that stated we can set up pre-loading. We can not at this time.

I do apologize for seeing the misinformation out there which seems to have started just last Friday.The internet can be a funny place and mis-information can spread like wildfire, but I’m afraid that any element of pre-loading as a reason to pre-order has never been pointed to by SCEA, as cool as it would be.

Guys, the game will drop at midnight tonight, and yes it will take a bit o ‘ time to download; but that’s par for the course in the digital space ^__^. You’re going to have a great game in your hands soon, so look forward to the good times that await!

Then, Kristine Steimer gave a simplified version of the statement:

There was some miscommunication this weekend — there is no pre-loading function on the North American store at this time. However, you will be able to start downloading GTA V at 12 am EST.

How do you think the lack of pre-loads will affect the midnight PSN launch? Let us know in the comments below.

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