[Update: Nearly 29 hours after the outage was first announced, Rockstar tweeted Friday evening that the Rockstar Launcher was back online and most of the company’s PC games were once again fully available. GTA: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition was excepted, though, and remains “unavailable to play or purchase as we remove files unintentionally included in these versions. We’re sorry for the disruption and hope to have correct ones up soon,” Rockstar writes]
The servers for the Rockstar Games Launcher on PC have been down for almost 24 hours now, and PC variations of Rockstar’s video games have been faraway from sale on the corporate’s web site. The timing of the outage is especially robust for the corporate, coming amid Thursday’s launch of the remastered Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy.
Rockstar formally famous the outage in a support tweet Thursday afternoon, merely saying that “providers for the Rockstar Video games Launcher and supported titles are briefly offline for upkeep. Companies will return as quickly as upkeep is accomplished.” Fourteen hours later, the corporate gave a brief update, saying, “We thanks on your persistence and understanding as we proceed to work on restoring providers for the Rockstar Video games Launcher and supported titles.” That very same replace additionally seems on Rockstar’s support site.
PC Gamer reports that the launcher is loading in offline mode for gamers who’ve beforehand launched particular video games on the service. Multiplayer titles like Grand Theft Auto On-line and Purple Lifeless Redemption On-line stay inaccessible on PC in the interim, nonetheless. And for these launching not too long ago downloaded titles just like the GTA Definitive Trilogy for the primary time, a required on-line authentication verify will fail throughout the outage.
As Ars’ personal Sam Machkovech put it in his overall negative impressions of the remastered games:
Whereas the video games’ authentication course of could return earlier than lengthy, the truth that the video games must verify in on-line is exasperating. These video games embrace zero on-line performance—not even pal leaderboards, not to mention the two-player mode from San Andreas. This hobbling of the PC model is inexcusable.
The outage comes one month after Rockstar removed downloadable versions of the original Grand Theft Auto trilogy games from console and PC storefronts forward of the remaster’s launch. Anybody who beforehand bought these editions can nonetheless obtain and play them on their authentic platforms. These variations additionally make use of the Rockstar Launcher on PC, although, which means recent downloads are nonetheless locked in the interim.
Rockstar has given no indication of when it expects its PC providers to be restored. We’ll let you realize if and after we hear extra.