Grand Theft Auto IV has received a new update. This is the first update the game has had for quite some time. It appears to reintroduce songs that were previously removed due to licensing issues, but there's a pretty severe cost attached.
According to a thread on GTA IV's official Steam community, the update weighs in at about 427 MB. User SpagootNoodels claims that Rockstar has managed to re-acquire all of its expired music licenses, with missing songs and radio stations making a return to the game. Later on in the thread, user ValentB says three Episodes From Liberty City (the game's DLC packs) radio stations are back, so it's not every single song that was removed from the game over licensing.
Okay, so what's the drawback to this Grand Theft Auto IV update?
Unfortunately, this update also appears to be corrupting save files. Several users in the aforementioned Steam thread are complaining that the update has bricked their Grand Theft Auto IV saves. Some users seem to be saying that the game has corrupted all of their files, including those for Episodes From Liberty City content, while others say it's just the main game's saves that have been killed by the update.
In the above thread, user Dominic says that Rockstar have "reverted the update" to the version before the patch hit. If you haven't updated your game, it seems like the update won't be applied for you right now. Still, this could mean that Rockstar is gearing up to put songs with previously expired licenses back into the game. We don't know what Rockstar plans to do about this situation yet. This could be an accidentally-released forthcoming patch or it could simply be an error on Rockstar's part. We'll bring you more on Grand Theft Auto IV and the case of the missing music when we get it.
Did you apply the Grand Theft Auto IV patch? Are your saves intact? What songs do you want to be restored to Grand Theft Auto IV? Let us know in the comments below!