MCV understands that Rockstar's case is being considered by the BBFC at the moment, but will take a considerable amount of time to come to a head – leaving the publisher in danger of releasing the game long after after the intial wave of hype is over.
Last time this happened with Carmaggedon the appeal worked so that's a positive precedent,” said James Pond, associate at law firm Osbourne Clarke.
Rockstar has taken a while to build its case, so they've obviously been taking stock of what the BBFC have said. They will have to work together to agree on making the right cuts. But there could be problems if the BBFC feels that the violence running throughout the game is too much – it's not like a film where you can just cut certain scenes.”