Twitter user Silent drew attention to the fact that the version of the racing arcade game Midnight Club II (2003) by Rockstar Games, which was sold on Steam, is a cracked version of the game by Razor 1911, which is directly stated in the game’s files.
— Silent (@__silent_) September 3, 2023
According to some journalists, this happened because Rockstar was unable or unwilling to remove the old DRM from Midnight Club II, which had been in the game since 2003. It is possible that over the years, the company has lost or can no longer work with the game’s source files to remove DRM.
Ironically, this is not the first time Rockstar has tried to sell cracked games on Steam. Earlier, the company did the same with Manhunt and Max Payne 2.
Midnight Club II is no longer available on Steam. Moreover, the company removed the game on September 2, 2023, while Silent only noticed the Razor 1911 label on September 3. Something about this story doesn’t add up.
Midnight Club II is a racing arcade game by Rockstar San Diego that was released in 2003 for PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Windows PC. According to Metacritic, the game received quite high marks, although the cult edition of Edge literally smashed the game.