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GTA 4 is Going to Lose Some Licensed Songs but Rockstar Has Replacements

Vladivostok FM is going to sound a bit different.

News by Matt Kim, .

It was reported earlier that on April 26, 2018 a bunch of licenses for music featured in Grand Theft Auto 4 will expire. That means that these licensed songs could be removed from the game altogether.

In a statement to USgamer Rockstar Games confirmed that some songs will be leaving the game due to expired licenses, but also announced that there will be some new songs added as replacements. Rockstar says:

"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. 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."

Kotaku UK reported how Grand Theft Auto 4 first came out on PS3 and Xbox 360 back in April 29, 2008, and apparently had 10-year licensing agreements for some of the songs in the game. This is a similar situation to other times Rockstar grappled with music licenses including a PC patch that removed songs from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and the time a dispute over a Michael Jackson licensed song temporarily removed the PC version of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

In the case of Grand Theft Auto 4 it seems that Rockstar has a contingency plan in place, which is to replace some of the expired songs with new songs. The statement says that a large chunk of licensed music is from the Russian station, Vladivostok FM, so the new songs could also be of the Russian pop genre.

Music plays a huge role in the feel and liveliness of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto games. No doubt it also helped Grand Theft Auto V become the success that it did. Though to be fair, Grand Theft Auto 4 was also pretty revolutionary for its time.

Rockstar and Microsoft also recently announced that Red Dead Redemption will be Xbox One X Enhanced today meaning it will be given an extra performance and graphical boost. However, I doubt Red Dead Redemption will face any music licensing issues.

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  • Avatar for Niemirovsky #1 Niemirovsky 7 months ago
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  • Avatar for Niemirovsky #2 Niemirovsky 7 months ago
    New Splinter Cell is around the corner with announcement on this year's E3?

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  • Avatar for VotesForCows #3 VotesForCows 7 months ago
    I don't follow - are they going to patch tis out of anyone running this? Or does it just apply to new copies? If the former, its pretty crappy.
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  • Avatar for One_Vurfed_Gwrx #4 One_Vurfed_Gwrx 7 months ago
    @VotesForCows Sounds to me like patching it out on PC. Older consoles are probably fine. This sort of thing always annoys me as surely theyshould be working on licenaing music to be permanently attached to the game not with limitations. Inam guessing most of the music is pretty low key so shouldn't cost a fortune. I say this in the context if everything, games, TV, films etc. As long as the game/episode/film is not changed significantly then the music should be permanently attached to it (with possible extra payment clause for releasing a remaster on a new format after a certain amoint of time). If the music industry doesn't like the terms stop licensing music from them and make your own until they realise they would rather have some revenue than none.
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  • Avatar for dmitriykalik10 #5 dmitriykalik10 7 months ago
    This is a slap in the face to long time supporters of Rockstar Games and Take - two entertainment; licensed music expiring should not be a concern in 2018...just create your own tracks Rockstar Games !
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  • Avatar for JamesSwiftDay #6 JamesSwiftDay 7 months ago
    I didn't like GTA IV that much so this won't effect me, but it would be a shame/annoying if they want back to the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions to remove the songs from those. PC versions I kind of understand, but not the old console versions.
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  • Avatar for ancoll #7 ancoll 5 months ago
    I realize there are some audio clips taken from here
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  • Avatar for chaseschleich88 #8 chaseschleich88 4 months ago
    I just want a freaking GTA 4 remaster for PS4 (and Xbox one)! I can't believe they let the 10 year anniversary pass by without doing it.
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