However, players who had pre-ordered the digital version of the game on the PlayStation Store found that it was unlocking for them at midnight at their local time.
This meant players in countries like New Zealand, Australia and the UK were gaining access more than 24 hours earlier than they were supposed to be.
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The game has now been pulled from the PlayStation Store in an apparent attempt to prevent more players accessing it early.
Whereas players were previously able to pre-order the game, now its store page only gives them the option to add it to their wishlist, accompanied by a timer ticking down to the official launch time.
The Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S versions of the game remain available for pre-order on the Xbox Store, as it doesn’t appear that the same issue is happening on those formats, and they’re expected to activate at the correct time.
Gameplay footage from Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition started leaking online on Wednesday, as numerous pre-order players were gaining earlier access to the game than expected.
A large number of players were streaming the PS4 version of the game on Twitch on Wednesday evening, and at the time of writing there are many hundreds of saved gameplay clips on Twitch from a variety of streamers.