GTA IV Gets Music Cut, But Also Replaced
As with any game, particularly if it has licensed music, the licensing expires after a contracted time. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to renew the license agreement and music has to be removed from the game to avoid any legal conflict and infringement. That’s the case for Grand Theft Auto IV.
Set in Liberty City and following the story of Eastern European criminal Niko Bellic, GTA IV has a variety of genres of music across its radio stations, however some of music has reached the end of the license agreement, which was kind of expected considering the game turns 10 years old soon. Yes, 10!
A statement from Rockstar Games states:
“Due to music licensing restrictions, we are required to remove certain songs from the in-game soundtrack of Grand Theft Auto IV and its Episodes, in particular a large portion of the Russian pop station, Vladivostok FM,” the Rockstar rep explained in an e-mailed statement. “However we are replacing some of those songs with a new set of songs on that station. We will update our customer support website with new information as soon as it is available.”
It’s unknown exactly what songs are being cut from the game, nor on what songs are being added too, but it’s not the first time a GTA game has had music cut well after a release. Both GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas have had music cut previously due to licensing issues. The update for GTAIV will roll out on April 26th, 2018. This comes just short of the 10th Anniversary for the game, however it’s unknown on whether Rockstar plan to launch a remaster or mobile version to celebrate.
As soon as more details are announced regarding songs being cut and added, as well as anything for the 10th Anniversary, we will post here on Rockstar Universe.