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Rockstar Addresses GTA V Online Issues

by Jeff Cork on Oct 02, 2013 at 11:18 AM

It's been a frustrating few days for players who have been looking forward to digging into Grand Theft Auto Online. Rockstar has issued a message to players who have been unable to connect to GTA V's online multiplayer. Basically, they've solved some of the problems, and more fixes are incoming.

The post on Rockstar's official site is more comprehensive, but that's the gist of it. Here is Rockstar's more in-depth update.

  • For PlayStation 3 users, a PlayStation Network server issue was detected that was limiting the amount of possible concurrent users. This was preventing most players from accessing GTA Online altogether and as of this morning, that problem was resolved.
  • There is an issue that is preventing some players from getting through the first tutorial mission across both platforms. Many players have been able to get through this with repeated retries, and we are working on unblocking this for everyone as soon as possible.
  • This morning, we experienced some instability across the GTA Online services which is affecting even people who have progressed beyond the tutorial mission. We are identifying these issues now and are working to restore stability for users as soon as possible.
  • For the time being and until we have been able to get everybody access to GTA Online and things are running smoothly, we have disabled the option of purchasable GTA$ cash packs. Players can however keep on earning GTA$ by pulling off Jobs and other profitable gameplay activities rather than purchasing cash packs. 

Rockstar adds that its entire team is working on these connectivity issues around the clock, and that they're hoping to have these initial technical issues resolved as quickly as possible.

[Source: Rockstar]


Our Take
It's not surprising that this week's launch of Grand Theft Auto Online has been bumpy, but that hasn't made it any less frustrating to affected players. Dan wrote an editorial about the benefits of being patient, but I know that doesn't make things any less annoying when you block off game time and wind up staring at a never-ending load screen. For the sake of everyone who's playing (or plans on joining the action soon), here's hoping that everything does indeed get fixed.