UPDATE: 2008's Classic GRAND THEFT AUTO IV Has Just Been Unexpectedly Removed From Sale on Steam
Rockstar Games' 2008 open-world adventure Grand Theft Auto IV has been removed from sale on Steam without a warning from Valve or Take-Two — probably for the same reason you can no longer buy GTA: Vice City on the platform — expiring music licenses.
While players who previously bought a copy can still download the title, it’s unclear if it will ever go back on sale.
As you may know, Rockstar has never used licensed cars in their games — sadly, licensed music is a different story — as the series is known for its fantastic radio stations that you can listen to while driving your Cavalcade FXT.
The problems with music licensing were partially solved by Rockstar itself in 2018, when some songs were removed from GTAIV's radio stations — unfortunately, it looks like the studio ultimately decided that removing the beloved production from sale on Steam altogether would be more effective than axing another batch of licensed tracks.
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City — consisting of two acclaimed DLC for GTAIV — The Lost and Damned & The Ballad of Gay Tony — hasn't been affected by Rockstar's decision yet and is still available on Steam.
UPDATE: A spokesperson from Rockstar told The Verge that Microsoft's lack of support for Games For Windows Live was the main reason behind GTA IV's sudden disappearance from Steam.
What does the American dream mean today? For Niko Bellic fresh off the boat from Europe, it is the hope he can escape from his past. For his cousin, Roman, it is the vision that together they can find fortune in Liberty City, gateway to the land of opportunity. As they slip into debt and get dragged into a criminal underworld by a series of shysters, thieves and sociopaths, they discover that the reality is very different from the dream in a city that worships money and status, and is heaven for those who have them and a living nightmare for those who don't.
Grand Theft Auto IV is available for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One (via backwards compatibility) and PC.