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As the proverbial online circlejerk around the impending release of Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V increases in vigour, a crucial detail regarding the game has been made accidentally available to the public. The Independent reports that the music for the game, something that has always been vital in setting the mood for previous GTA releases, was extracted from a digital pre-order version of the game released by Sony in Europe to help deal with stress on servers during release day. The file is now no longer available to download, which suggests that the music found within it by members of gtaforums.com was legitimate.
The music extracted appears to have been designed to cater for a range of tastes, and does well to reflect the trends coming out of the West Coast music scene in the present day.
West Coast Classics will feature only the finest choices of classic West Coast Hip-Hop, including tracks by artists along the likes of N.W.A, Snoop Dogg, 2pac and Geto Boys. Rock Music fans are also well set up, with a classic rock station featuring the work of Elton John, Queen, Stevie Wonder, The Steve Millar Band, along with a Punk Rock station banging out tracks from the likes of Suicidal Tendencies, Black Flag and Youth Brigade.
A number of prominent artists have also been given their own stations to play around with. In an impressive move by the people at Rockstar, FlyLo FM will feature in the game, under the control of LA Beat Scene heavyweight Flying Lotus. King of 80’s style driving music and French Synth-House mogul Kavinsky will also be given his own station, under the monicker Nightcall FM.
Sony have since described the leak of assets as ‘regrettable’ and said apologised to “Rockstar and GTA fans across the world”. The game’s developer Rockstar also released a statement, saying they were “deeply disappointed by leaks and spoilers being spread in advance of the game’s launch.”
For those looking to listen to the soundtracks in full, The Verge have put together Spotify and Rdio playlists.