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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City pulled from digital PC stores due to licensing issue with music

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Vice City withdrawn from sale

The PC version of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City was pulled from digital stores today after it was found that the game's music posed certain licensing issues, according to reports by Game Informer and CinemaBlend.

The song in question appears to be Michael Jackson's Wanna Be Startin' Something, which plays on the game's 105 radio station. Rockstar did not confirm if this was the song at the center of the licensing issue, but a spokesperson confirmed that the PC version of the game would be temporarily removed from digital stores and will be made available again "as soon as possible."

This is not the first time music licensing issues have affected a Grand Theft Auto game. In August this year the PlayStation 3 release of Grand Theft Auto 3 was delayed due to "last minute issues with getting clearance for a certain audio track in the game." The game was later released in September of this year.

Rockstar representatives told Game Informer that the licensing issue is unlikely to affect its iOS release due later this year.