After issuing an update for the PS3 and Xbox 360 over the weekend, it appears the worst of gamers' Grand Theft Auto Online problems are behind them. That doesn't, however, mean that it's all peaches and cream from here on out.
On the contrary, gamers are still experiencing problems with Rockstar Games' new online experience, only now they are from inside the game. Luckily, Rockstar is still working on improving the GTA Online experience, and working on yet another update for the consoles.
For starters, gamers having been reporting missing items from their Grand Theft Auto Online character's inventory. Everything from cars to money to clothing can apparently disappear with little to no explanation. Our own Ben Kendrick, for example, found his inventory completely wiped out not once but twice.
While many gamers have decided to restart a character, or simply continue on undeterred, there are still those gamers who hope to have their progress restored. And for those gamers we have some positive news: Rockstar is working on it.
We have received reports from some players who experienced losing characters, progress, items, and/or in-game cash during the first few days after release. We are working diligently to identify and correct the causes for these losses, as well as to establish how best to restore any lost progress and value.
In addition to the pressing matter of missing items, Rockstar has also released a list of known issues that were not corrected by the previously released two updates (one single player and one multiplayer). Most of those involve server connection problems and long load screens, but check out the full list below:
- "Rockstar Cloud Servers Unavailable" error message
- "Failed to Host a GTA Online Session" error messages
- Errors saying "Timed out when matchmaking for a compatible GTA Online Session to join"
- Errors about jobs failing to start or load
- Misc. network and server-related error messages, disconnections, or cloud server errors
- Errors saying "Mission Failed" as soon as the mission begins during a session
- Long matchmaking load screens, eventually timing out after 10-15 minutes
- Offline (disc-based) and online content mixing on the Jobs list
- Ending up in a free-roam session with no jobs/markers on the map while playing as a temporary character during a cloud outage
Despite a very successful launch week, Grand Theft Auto 5 has come under significant scrutiny for the decidedly less successful launch of Grand Theft Auto Online earlier this month. Rockstar has been presumably working around the clock to correct many of the issues with the online experience, but there still appears to be a fair amount of kinks to work out, leaving many gamers disappointed as a result.
Even those who can finally get past the Grand Theft Auto Online tutorial mission — the apparent choke point for getting online — have found that more problems are awaiting them on the other side. Hopefully once this next update goes live things will have smoothed over enough for gamers to finally enjoy GTA Online worry free. Rockstar has not released a timetable for this update, but we will keep you posted if and when there are any further updates.
What problems or issues have you experienced in Grand Theft Auto Online since the update? What are your impressions of the online experience thus far?