In light of the recent problems that GTA IV players were experiencing with their copies of the game, Rockstar Games have released a patch today for all PS3 owners. It has been reported that a lot of gamers who own the game, mostly in PS3's favour, were receiving problems such as random crashes and freezing during cutscenes. It was only the other day that Take-Two had announced that Rockstar would be working on a patch, but for one to be released imminently is somewhat of an achievement.
A patch is being worked on around the clock to address the issues. It's bound to be. That's how they address this sort of thing. It is being worked on. We're looking into it. You will hear from us if a patch is released. A patch is usually the way it's been done.
Amazingly only a few days later, Take-Two released this statement today announcing the release of the patch:
Rockstar Games has released a GTA IV patch for Playstation 3 today that prevents Gamespy’s servers from being overloaded and therefore reduces the impact on those servers that were causing the game to stutter and lock up. We continue to monitor the performance of the game both on and offline and will provide further updates as necessary. We want to assure everyone that, together with our hardware partners, we continue to strive to give our fans the best possible interactive entertainment experiences possible. This update will ensure that everyone will experience Grand Theft Auto IV the way it was intended. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused.
This is very good news for PS3 owners I'm sure, and more evidence much Rockstar are at the top of their game at the moment.
Thanks to Mekstizzle on the forums for the heads up.