Yesterday was the day that North American PlayStation 3 owners should have been able to relive classic GTA title Grand Theft Auto III. We say should have been, because sadly the game failed to appear in the PlayStation Store weekly update. Sony has announced that this was due to music licensing problems.

PlayStation Store director Grace Chen issued the following statement on the US PlayStation Blog:

Due to an unforeseen complication, the Grand Theft Auto 3 PS2 Classic is not publishing with today's Store post. We will update you when a new release date has been identified. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Morgan Haro, a member of the PlayStation Blog staff, added the following comment:

There were some last minute issues with getting clearance for a certain audio track in the game. But the teams at Rockstar are on it to review how to best get this title on PSN.

Grand Theft Auto III is currently set to cost $10, and will be appearing in its original form as a PS2 Classic: no remade visuals or Trophy support. Hopefully it won't be too long before the issue is resolved.

[via blog.us.playstation.com]