Rockstar and Sony were going to collaborate to let you preload Grand Theft Auto V starting at 3am today. It was going to be a good way to get the game downloaded and clear some traffic off the sometimes strained PlayStation Network. Except apparently it’s not going to happen.

“Pre-Load”, Except Not

Right now, the official line is that you can “pre-load” the game at 12 midnight Eastern time on Tuesday… in other words, you will be able to start downloading the game when it actually comes out. This is a bit of a time shift from the previous promised time of 3am today. Europe, on the other hand, has gotten the preload… well, to the degree that it actually works.

The Impossible Dream

This is especially problematic because Grand Theft Auto V is one beefy game. Coming in at 36GB for a download, it’s already a big file, and adding to the problem is that this is a game with a lot of preorders behind it; nearly three million in the US alone as of last week, and the overall total will probably be higher as last minute orders flood in.

As anybody who has used the PlayStation Network can tell you, this is very bad news. While PSN has undeniably improved, and substantially, over the years, downloading such an enormous file from their servers can take hours, especially if there’s high demand. Take the pre-load out of the equation and you’ve got a lot of frustrated users watching their download speed crawl… or worse, stall out.

At Least We’ll Be Able To Play It

The good news is that there seems to be no major issues with the actual release of the game, beyond the usual of Rockstar somehow not having enough copies despite putting out, literally, millions of discs. So tomorrow, productivity drops off a cliff, and we can’t wait.

Dan Seitz

Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.