The Rockstar Games Launcher on PC went down shortly after the release of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy yesterday, and most Rockstar games still cannot be played on PC (Updated at 4:00 PM PST: The launcher and game are back online, but the GTA trilogy is still unavailable, and Rockstar stated that it needs to “delete files that were inadvertently included in these versions”). Whether the launch of the GTA trilogy is related to this is unknown, but several GTA data miners have found material that may indicate the cause of problems with Rockstar’s remake.
First, Trilogy comes with internal developer comments visible in the code, as shown below.
“This stuff doesn’t work as they write below, so we will only display the text and put the blip at the beginning of the task,” one of the code comments reads. Living in coal seams.
PC Gamer asked Vadim M., who shared the above and is an expert in data diving and finding obscure in Rockstar games, what is left in the GTA: The Trilogy file. “Developers leave uncompiled task/script source files in the file. This is an internal file, they code the scripts in their’mother tongue’ and take notes. Of course, these source codes have never been made public, but in my opinion Come on, it’s not worth banning [of the Trilogy].”
They also pointed out that this is not the first time this has happened to the ports of these games. “War Drum Studios leaked GTA 3 mission sources 10 years ago. They are available in game files and have at least 2-3 updates on iOS.” War Drum Studios is the studio that later became Grove Street Games, which was responsible GTA trilogy remastered.
It’s one thing for programmers to leave interesting comments: even if you might not want the public to see it, who really cares. However, some data miners have discovered that the songs that may be attached to Sin City and San Andreas have technically been “deleted” from the game because the license has expired.
So the audio format selected for the final version is OGG-VORBIS! What’s more interesting is that San Andreas contains all the clipped music! It is just disabled by the script! pic.twitter.com/FBGJINdBYyNovember 11, 2021
I contacted Ash R. and asked them to explain what we saw in the picture above. “For Vice City, they have split the radio station in the order of tracks, so there is no song edited for the 10th anniversary edition. In the screenshot above, you can see how FLASH changes from _1, _2 and THEN It is _4. _3 in this example is Michael Jackson’s’Billie Jean’. However, because they have separated it, it becomes very difficult to restore the tracks in this version by synchronizing with the PS2 version and creating your own _3 easy.”
I asked if it is possible to play unlicensed songs. “The audio codecs used in these games are the open source OGG-VORBIS, so yes, they can be played after extraction. Most Unreal 4 tools can extract files, I use UModel,” Ash R wrote. “For San Andreas, every song is there, Oz, James Brown, Anger to the Machine, 2pac, etc.”
Ash R. played James Brown’s Funky President (People It’s Bad) file to PC Gamer, which contained radio chatter from the Master Sounds station.
In theory, the existence of unauthorized music may cause Rockstar headaches. Although ordinary users may not be able to access the music, it is located in the product file and can be accessed using certain tools. And, oh yes, there is no proper license. The music industry is notoriously one of the most protective industries. There are no quarters, and Rockstar’s re-producers may plunge the company into legal hot water (in this case, the company’s rapid removal of the title from the sale will be its Part of the defense).
Emphasis: It’s not certain that this is the reason why the GTA trilogy disappeared from sale, or the reason why the Rockstar Games Launcher was closed. Unlicensed music tracks or files for publishing games may be irrelevant. At the time of writing, the Rockstar Games Launcher has been closed for 24 hours. Rockstar has not yet responded to PC Gamer’s request for comment.
However, if these documents are any factor, then this will be the echo of the San Andreas hot coffee Farago. In this case, Rockstar released the game, which removed the sex mini-game that still existed in the code: finally a modder was able to access it. Rockstar denies that the mini-game exists in San Andreas. This is technically correct because no “normal” players can access it, but it is not true because the code of the mini-game exists in the game files (or even in the game files). On-board access).
The hot coffee controversy lasted for many years, eventually leading to an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission against Rockstar, a series of lawsuits, and the reissue of adult-only rated games.
This time, things are unlikely to become so intense. If Rockstar responds, or Launcher comes back to life, we will update it.