Rockstar Games Explains Why "Grand Theft Auto IV" Was Removed

Over the weekend we reported that Grand Theft Auto IV was taken off the Steam marketplace and made unavailable for purchase. Today, we now know the reason why. Rockstar Games responded to The Verge and let them know the reasoning, which has more to do with game keys than anything else. Here's the quote they sent to them.

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Credit: Rockstar Games

"Grand Theft Auto IV was originally created for the Games For Windows Live platform," a spokesperson from Rockstar told The Verge. "With Microsoft no longer supporting Games For Windows Live, it is no longer possible to generate the additional keys needed to continue selling the current version of the game. We are looking at other options for distributing GTAIV for PC and will share more information as soon as we can."

The company gave no timetable to when we'll see the game put back on the market. But it appears as if they wish to continue supporting it and letting anyone who wants to get their hands on it do so. But don't be surprised if they change out some of the music, as it was suspected by many that part of the reason could be that music tracks in the game have expired.

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