Grand Theft Auto Sales to Resume

Posted on September 25, 2005

Rockstar Games will begin selling Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas again on October 18th for the Xbox and PS2. The game will be sold without the hidden sexual content unveiled by the Hot Coffee mod and will be rated M for Mature. A Reuters article explains what the reissued GTA bundles will include.

Take-Two's Rockstar Games publishing house said that starting October 18, it would sell a special-edition of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 2 console system. It will include a DVD with a backstory to the game and a documentary film called Sunday Driver.

Take-Two also will release a bundle of Grand Theft Auto 3, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox system.

Take-Two was forced to pull the blockbuster "San Andreas" off retail shelves this summer after people tinkering with the game's code found a hidden segment that let the player's character simulate sex with a female character.

Reuters says Take-Two did not disclose "Hot Coffee" to the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB). The ESRB revoked the game's "mature" rating and made it "adults only" after the discovery. Now that it is removed it is back to M for Mature again. Take-Two will probably receive extra scrutiny from the ESRB on its games going forward.

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