While the launch of Grand Theft Auto Online has not gone over smoothly (to say the least), gamers should know that Rockstar Games is working on it. Shortly after GTA Online went live, Rockstar released a detailed list of known issues in an attempt to reassure players that their complaints were not falling on deaf ears. But the main problem with GTA Online was that gamers simply couldn’t login to the multiplayer experience, or in some cases get past the bottlenecking tutorial.
Today, however, we have news that should put gamers disappointed by the launch of Grand Theft Auto Online at ease: an update is on the way. Rockstar confirmed the patch with an addendum to their previous post saying that the update should go live as early as tomorrow, October the 4th.
While Rockstar did not provide any details for the patch, presumably it would smooth over all of the more prevalent issues. In other words, it would let us finally experience this expansive multiplayer experience we’ve been hearing so much about.
We’re currently working on a title update for both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 to address commonly reported issues with GTA Online. We hope to have it out for download as soon as tomorrow.
For those who haven’t been keeping up with the latest on Grand Theft Auto Online, there have been some additional updates since launch. Rockstar has disabled the purchase of GTA$ in GTA Online so that if money starts disappearing it won’t be real money. We hate to say we saw this coming when Rockstar announced microtransactions for GTA Online, but Diablo 3 has taught us allowing real money in an online experience can sometimes come back to bite the developer.
Some gamers have also found a workaround for the PS3 version of Grand Theft Auto 5 that grants them access to the tutorial mission for GTA Online. Simply delete the Title Update from the PS3 XMB (found in the Game Data Utility folder) and re-download it.
As well, gamers have found that selecting “Swap Character” from the Online tab, deleting that character, and creating a new one does the trick. Although Rockstar endorses them, we have yet to test these workarounds for ourselves, so don’t expect them to be necessarily be 100% fixes.
The good news is that Rockstar is working on an update for the PS3 and Xbox 360 version of Grand Theft Auto 5 to improve GTA Online. Hopefully, by this time tomorrow gamers will finally be unleashing mayhem on the streets of Los Santos.
[UPDATE: The PS3 update for Grand Theft Auto Online went live early Friday morning and the Xbox 360 version is expected shortly.]
Are you happy that an update for Grand Theft Auto Online is finally on the way? Do you think Rockstar handled the login problems appropriately?