Music licensing at the heart of the issue.
By Jess Colwill on November 19, 2012 at 6:44 pm
Anyone wishing to go back and relive past glories with all the buzz about GTA V at the moment might have trouble going back and purchasing GTA: Vice City. Due to a music licensing issue, Vice City has been pulled from digital distribution sites for what we are assured is a temporary period.
“Due to some music licensing issues, we’ve had to temporarily remove Vice City PC from digital stores. We’ll make it available again as soon as possible,” said Rockstar in a statement to GameInformer. If you’ve already purchased the game on Steam (for example) you should still be able to install and play the game, the issue is solely with purchasing it.
There’s no word on which song(s) are causing the issue, but there is a rumour that it is MJ’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Something”. Rockstar have neither confirmed nor denied this rumour. Despite everything, Rockstar reps have said that none of this will affect the upcoming release of Vice City to mobile platforms.