Hooray For Licenses! Update Strips 17 Songs From Steam Users’ Purchased Copies Of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

It seems like Rockstar has pushed a steam update removing 17 songs from GTA: San Andreas, because they don’t have a license to distribute them any more.

The problem with this is that customers have already paid for a license to those songs, and should not be affected by this at all. Yet, they are.

You might have noticed Steam downloading a sizeable update for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas over the weekend and wondered what that was about. A fancy secret tying into GTA V’s return to the west coast, perhaps? Not quite. The patch added support for XInput controllers like the Xbox 360 pad, which is nice, but also removed seventeen songs from various radio stations. No more angsting out and gunning it across Gant Bridge in the wrong lane listening to Killing in the Name, I’m afraid.


Uriel-238 writes in the comments at Techdirt:

What the patch does

-removes 18 songs
(“Critical Beatdown”, “Running Down A Dream”, “Woman To Woman”, “You Dropped A Bomb On Me”, “Yum Yum”, “Running Away”, “I Don’t Give A f*ck”, “Express Yourself”, “Killing in the Name of”, “Hellraiser”, “Ring My Bell”, “Personal Jesus”, “Don’t Let It Go To Your Head”, “Express Yourself”. “Rock Creek Park”, “Grunt”, “Soul Power ’74” and “The Payback”)
-revokes all mods created for San Andreas on PC
-deletes all of your previous save files
-removes 1280×700 resolution
-has various textures missing and things like foilage completely removed

Source: Luneth’s review on the Steam Store Page

Link (Techdirt)

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