Rockstar has warned players not to expect too smooth a ride when attempting to download and play the free Online mode for Grand Theft Auto V, which went live on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 today.
Users around the world have reported several problems, from making the initial download which enables the content, to stuttering, disconnections and error messages. Whilst some overloading of servers was perhaps inevitable, Rockstar has acknowledged the extent of the issue and is maintaining a public list of known issues alongside suggestions of how to deal with the over-subscription.
Currently the main issues are:
- Occasional "Rockstar Cloud Servers Unavailable" error message
- Freezing sometimes while loading into first race in GTAO with "waiting for other players" on the screen
- Intermittent "Failed to Host a GTA Online Session" error messages
- Race Corona (start area, marker) occasionally not showing up for first race
- Errors saying "Timed out when matchmaking for a compatible GTA Online Session to join"
- Occasional "Failed to start job" errors
- General issues with the Social Club site and Social Club features (slow loading, failed logins, emails not arriving, etc).
However, more troubling but as yet unconfirmed issues are also being reported, including the corruption of saved single player data. Various reports from comments threads, forums and Twitter has claimed that progress has been randomly lost or gained in the single player campaign after Online is installed. Rockstar has been contacted for comment.