While crashes and glitches are nothing new for the launch of an online game Rockstar, the makers of Grand Theft Auto V, might be a little freaked out about the upcoming launch of Grand Theft Auto V Online on October 1. The enormous success of the game, making a billion retail dollars in just three days for instance, with the combination of an enormous open world and huge server loads make it unlikely to be a smooth launch.
In a post on the GTA V newswire, a Rockstar representative explains: "One thing we are already aware of, and are trying to alleviate as fast as we can, is the unanticipated additional pressure on the servers due to a significantly higher number of players than we were anticipating at this point." Translation? Rockstar is totally overwhelmed with GTA V’s success.
"We are working around the clock to buy and add more servers, but this increased scale is only going to make the first few days even more temperamental than such things usually are. This is part of the problem some of you have been experiencing with the iFruit App and some Social Club services - we apologize in advance for this and thank you for your patience in this area.”
"More than ever, we need your help to report your experiences, findings, likes, loves, dislikes and hates," it continues. "And we will be looking at your feedback constantly to tune the game into its optimal shape and help guide how Grand Theft Auto Online will grow and evolve past this initial period."
These are inevitable growing pains for an online game but rest assured, the GTA V team has their eye on the ball, "we'll be monitoring and actively doing all we can to smooth such things out as they happen, but we need your help to find them, as well as your feedback to help fine tune all of the game's systems so everything is perfectly balanced."