Grand Theft Auto Online plagued with server problems

Grand Theft Auto Online

Grand Theft Auto Online

Just like how Rockstar North anticipated, the first hours of Grand Theft Auto Online experienced birthing pains as its servers get overwhelmed with the immense number of players.

The creators of the GTA franchise announced last week they are perfectly aware of the “unanticipated additional pressure” on its servers because sales of Grand Theft Auto V had been significantly stronger than expected, with over 15 million copies sold since it debuted 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 then such things usually are,” Rockstar North wrote. “We apologize in advance for this and thank you for your patience in this area.”

Grand Theft Auto Online

Grand Theft Auto Online is available free with every copy of GTA 5. This console game (sorry, no PC version) has the same look and feel of the R18 crime game, but with an expanding world and unlimited customization features. Up to 16 players can interact simultaneously on GTA Online, performing jobs or competing in races using personalized avatars.

IGN’s games editor for United Kingdom Keza MacDonald explains that an estimated amount of two million players have logged in to Grand Theft Auto Online within the first 24 hours. “Rockstar has never done an online game of this scale before, so they are totally unproven in terms of their network infrastructure.”

He added that other popular MMORPGs also had similar problems such as coping with high demand.

Source: BBC

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