If you want a sexy copy of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas you better hit a store now and cross your fingers. The Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association says all of their members will immediately stop stelling the now AO-rated game.
Within an hour of the announcement I was already receiving reports of stores like GameStop and Wal-Mart pulling copies of the game.
Here?s the full statement from the IEMA:
Apparently, Take Two is threatening to sue the makers of Action Replay over this "Hot Coffee" mess as well. Things are starting to get ugly.The ESRB (Entertainment Software Ratings Board) notified us late this afternoon Eastern Time that they have revoked the ?Mature? rating previously issued Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas following an extensive investigation.
Our members intend to immediately cease all sales of the game until existing inventory can either be re-stickered with an AO (Adults Only) rating, or exchanged for new versions of the game that has the hidden content removed and the original M (Mature 17+) rating intact.
Though not a policy, IEMA members generally do not carry AO-rated games any differently than we do not carry X-rated videos or DVDs, thus it is likely that our members will be removing all copies of the current version and re-stocking with the updated version.
We understand that several non-IEMA retail companies intend to continue selling the current version, so we would refer all media inquiries to those respective corporations.