Grand Theft Auto V debuted last month to recording-breaking success, but the highly anticipated multiplayer option is only launching today. Grand Theft Auto Online is free for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 users, and an update is rolling out to both consoles today to provide access to the new multiplayer world. However, early reports suggest there's some expected server issues. A number of players are complaining of slow load times and the inability to access Grand Theft Auto Online at all.
The makers of Grand Theft Auto, Rockstar Games, anticipated these issues in a warning to gamers last week. "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," said a company spokesperson. Rockstar Games also warned of "crashes, glitches, crazy bugs, gameplay modes and mechanics that need re-balancing and other surprises!"
#GTAOnline isn't even letting me go online just stuck at a loading screen saying "waiting for other players"— KYLΣ BRADFØRD (@KyleBradford_) October 1, 2013
Once the server issues settle down, the online mode will provide access to a game set a few months before the events in the single player version of Grand Theft Auto V. Players can roam the online world with friends and visit locations like shooting ranges or movie theaters. Those interested in the various criminal acts of the game can also rob convenience stores to earn reputation in the game. The reputation works like a currency to let players level up and purchase items and features within the online world. Players can also participate in races, joint missions, and sports. Although the servers are struggling with the initial impact of thousands of eager gamers, Rockstar Games will be monitoring the online world and wants feedback about any glitches "to smooth such things out as they happen."