Update: Sony and Rockstar have apparently worked out some sort of agreement. After a few hours since the original news hit, Rockstar has announced via Twitter that US customers who pre-ordered Grand Theft Auto V through the PlayStation Store will be able to preload the game Monday, September 16, starting at 3:00 AM Eastern.
For their European counterparts, PSN preloading begins Sunday, September 15, at 3:00 PM BST. So that's definitely good news, especially for those in the US, who were originally told by Sony they wouldn't be able to preload the game at all.
Granted, Monday is not much of a headstart, especially when Sony originally promised September 13, but it's better than nothing. You can find the original story after the break.
Those who've pre-ordered #GTAV on PSN will be able to preload the game as follows: Sunday 3pm BST in Europe; Monday 3am EST in the US— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) September 13, 2013
Original: Being able to preload Grand Theft Auto V today, a good weekend in advance was a pretty great pre-order incentive for Sony, who promised just that to anyone who pre-ordered their digital copy through the PlayStation Store. Well, that's all changed, and after much confusion, Sony has confirmed that in Europe, pre-order customers won't be able to preload the game until Monday, a day before release. For US customers, there will be no preloading at all.
Pre-ordering Grand Theft Auto V via Sony's PlayStation Store originally meant you could start downloading it today, four days ahead of release. This basically allows you to immediately play a game when it's out, rather than deal with the release-day crowds and awful download speeds. Not surprisingly, the European PlayStation forums are now full of raging gamers, with some demanding their money back and others canceling their order to reserve a physical copy instead.
Now, all that's pretty much a European issue. For anyone who pre-ordered through PSN in the US, you won't be able to preload the game at all, so you're going to have to wait for launch day. A Sony rep noted that "it's not our call."
While Sony hasn't explained the delay, it might have something to do with last month's Grand Theft Auto V leak. Sony apologized to Rockstar when some European PSN users managed to download and hack the game files downloaded off the EU PlayStation Store. Needless to say, they leaked the content all over the Internet.