Bugs mire GTA Online launch, Rockstar working on fixes

GTA-online-bannerWell, we can’t say they didn’t warn us.  Just as Rockstar predicted, their launch of Grand Theft Auto Online hasn’t been without some problems.  But Rockstar is trying hard to stay on top of issues as they arise, and are already trying fixes.  Read on for the details.

Over on the official Rockstar Newswire, they’ve got a list of known issues that they’re currently working on.  So if you encounter a weird bug while playing GTA Online, have a look below before you head to the forums and complain,  Chances are, Rockstar is already on it.

General network/cloud server issues

  • “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

Issues getting past the first Tutorial Race

  • Freezing while loading into first race in GTAO with “waiting for other players” on the screen
  • Seeing the same cut-scene twice in a row and then getting stuck on a load screen
  • Getting stuck transitioning into the lobby or race while other players are joining/leaving
  • Race Corona (start area, marker) not showing up for first race

Additionally, Rockstar has temporarily disabled the option to buy GTA$ cash packs in the game.  While players can still earn cash through jobs and other profitable activities, buying cash packs will remain turned off until the GTA Online system has stabilized and all players can gain access to the game.

It’s not just GTA Online that’s been giving Rockstar headaches.  Their Social Club website has also been experiencing a fairly large amount of problems.  Below, you’ll see a list of the bugs they’re actively working on.

  • Login problems on iFruit iOS app
  • Saving/publishing emblems
  • Account linking on the Social Club website
  • Server errors, matchmaking errors, and leaderboard issues in Max Payne 3 for PC
  • Error message when accessing BAWSAQ in GTA V
  • Error when using Snapmatic photos in GTA V (Please note that you can still complete the game without uploading any photos, by not pressing the Upload button, and instead just sending the photos to the required character when required for missions)
  • Max Payne 3 Steam login (Steam link error, even for linked accounts)
  • “Profile not available” error on the Social Club site
  • Data resetting in iFruit app — changes/progress not saving
  • Problems with crew searches

So, yeah, probably not a giggle fest in the Rockstar testing department right now.  They knew that this was coming, though, and they seem to be staying on top of the problems as they arise.  If you’re experiencing any bugs, and you feel like reporting them, you’ve got two options: the Rockstar support website, or their support twitter account.  Let’s hope that the lines of communication stay open, and the fixes start rolling in soon.

About the Author: (@Joe_of_the_Dead) Lead Editor, Writer

Joe was born in a time of war. A console war. Two electronic titans were locked in a heated battle for the living rooms of America. Which titans, you ask? Well, the Fairchild Channel F and the Atari 2600 of course. You see, Joe is old. So many of his favorite games tend to be on the older side as well. But that hasn’t stopped him from developing unhealthy obsessions with such modern franchises as Halo and Mass Effect. Just don’t tell him how long it’s been since the original Metroid was released. His aging heart can’t take the shock.

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