Unless you've been hiding under a rock all day, you've probably heard the rumors making their way around the intraweb about San Andreas being leaked online. Sadly, it turns out that this is in fact the case. With just five days left until the game hits store shelves, pirated copies of San Andreas have begun to circulate the web. Moments ago, Rockstar sent out the following statement regarding this unfortunate turn of events:
Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive Software are aware that an illegally obtained version of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and images from the game and manual have been posted to various internet sites. The proper authorities are investigating the theft and are continuing to investigate all possible leads to ensure there is no further dissemination of our creative content. Downloading, possession and distribution of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, including making the game available on the internet, is theft.
We take the theft of our intellectual property very seriously and we are and will continue to diligently and aggressively pursue this matter. If anyone finds information on websites with links to unauthorized downloads, information, scans or videos, please contact us at email@example.com.
The launch date of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas remains the same. The game will be on store shelves in North America on October 26 and in Europe on October 29.