The GTA Trilogy Definitive Edition releases in Saudi Arabia over a year after initial release
Staff, 2023-03-17 04:36:52,
Rockstar Games, PlayStation and VGAR (Video Games Age Rating for Saudi Arabia) have announced that the Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition is now available to purchase in Saudi Arabia. The Video Games Age Rating for Saudi Arabia’s official twitter account announced the game had been age rated for 18 years old and over.
Why has it only just come out?
The GTA Trilogy remasters released in most countries around the world in November 2021. It was then released on Steam and the Epic Games Store earlier this year. So why has it taken so long to come to Saudi Arabia? There are far stricter rules when it comes to the ratings board classifying games suitable for release. Some games have to be censored in various ways to meet the criteria for release.
For example, GTA V was banned in the country during 2018. The General Commission for Audio-Visual media in Saudi Arabia took this step after the tragic suicide of two children. Whilst GTA V and a long list of other games were banned following this event, they were not the cause but rather a violent “social media challenge”.
GTA Online’s Diamond Casino features several ways to gamble from playing slot machines, Roulette and the Lucky Wheel. However, these features are banned in a large number of countries including Saudi Arabia.
It is also worth noting Saudi Arabia’s wealth fund has invested money into Take-Two Interactive, Rockstar’s parent company. As recent as…
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