Rockstar disables GTA Online microtransactions

Rockstar removes the option to purchase GTA$ with real money, as issues with multiplayer mode continue to persist.

As issues with Grand Theft Auto Online continue to persist, Rockstar Games has disabled microtransactions in the recently released multiplayer mode for Grand Theft Auto V.

"For the time being and until we have been able to get everybody access to GTA Online and things are running smoothly, we have disabled the option of purchasable GTA$ cash packs," Rockstar Games said in a statement on its website. "Players can however keep on earning GTA$ by pulling off Jobs and other profitable gameplay activities rather than purchasing cash packs."

Rockstar also provided a status update regarding the stability of GTA Online, which has been beset with problems since launch yesterday. The developer acknowledged that there is an issue preventing some players from being able to progress past the first tutorial mission on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Players have been able to get through this bug with repeating the mission, but no permanent fix has been released yet.

"We are working on unblocking this for everyone as soon as possible," Rockstar said.

General instability across GTA Online was reported this morning, Rockstar said, affecting even those who have progressed past the tutorial mission. The developer said it is working to identify these issues and in turn restore general stability "as soon as possible."

Rockstar pointed out that it was able to fix one prominent GTA Online bug. A PlayStation Network server issue was detected today that was limiting the number of possible concurrent users. This in turn prevented "most" players from accessing GTA Online through the PS3 altogether. This issue was resolved as of this morning, Rockstar said.

"All of these initial technical issues will be ironed out as soon as we can," the developer said. "Please know that the entire team here at Rockstar and all of our relevant partners are and will continue to be working around the clock to get the experience to be as smooth as possible, as soon as possible."

Players who have been able to access GTA Online are encouraged to share their gameplay feedback with Rockstar at GTAOnline@rockstargames.com. This feedback will help the developer in determining how to grow and evolve the service over time.

The launch issues for GTA Online were expected. Ahead of release last week, Rockstar said players should expect various "growing pains," including crashes, glitches, "crazy bugs," and gameplay modes and mechanics that need rebalancing.

These issues are "inevitable," Rockstar said at the time, due to the "massive" nature of the open-world game.

For more on GTA Online, check out GameSpot's "Five Tips to Get You Started in GTA Online" feature.

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580 comments
sidzero
sidzero

I wonder... all these status updates on fixing the thing they keep spouting off, have they even once actually APOLOGIZED to their customers for releasing something, and having us pay for it, that is so broken that it's almost unplayable? I'm not asking for restitution or anything, but they could at least say "Sorry guys, we fXcked up" at least once when they tell us they're working on fixing it.

garl
garl

Issues continue to persist or persist to continue?

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

please keep it disabled permanently.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

I must be lucky.

I havn't had any problems since Tuesday afternoon.

and I've been playing nonstop.

I'm playing on X360

Thesuperstar2k
Thesuperstar2k

lucky that 360 players play online while ps3 players still have's bugs for online and unavailable. >_<

C_A_G_E
C_A_G_E

Was able to play last night and it was awesome. After reading all the rpoblems i feel like i am going to loose all my player progress though. If that does happen i think i'll continue with SP until the bugs are fixed and my "earned" money is saved. 

kerrman
kerrman

Well I wish them the best of luck while I play Battlefield 4 instead.

Metalnoid
Metalnoid

GTA Online is for sure far away from that GTA V AAA 10/10 game from 2 weeks ago.

If you manage to access the GTA Online after 1 hour watching a cloud or re-creating your character for 15 times. WOW it appears.... A TUTORIAL yes you play like 50+ hours the single player and now you need to learn how to play AGAIN BRAVO!!!

Like 30 mins later if you didn't get kicked for the server, you watch the CLOUDS another 10 mins for reaching a place where you can play tennis, steal cars, (sell 1 or 2 if you are lucky)

and instead of start your criminal carreer you found "boring Races" and of course after every event you can be kicked againg and return to read  a legend about your bad sport reputation for abbandoning the game WTFFFFFFF!!!!!!!!

wildamnesia
wildamnesia

Change your damn photo Eddie!!  I'm stick of looking at it.

HipHopBeats
HipHopBeats

Lol @ all these rockstar fanboys defending these server glitches talking about people crying and complaining. You sheep are the reason why we have scams like season passes and paid public betas. 

Consumers paying for was advertised are wrong for expecting 100% functionality Day One?

If Rockstar used some of that promo money they spent putting GTA V posters on trains and buses, driving past another GTA V poster plastered on the next train or bus stop, maybe they could have had these issues addressed. Not to mention the 'billion dollar 3 day heist' they just pulled.

BarkingSpider81
BarkingSpider81

The people who are crying about this as being a major setback in their life should probably reconsider their priorities. It's only a game, it'll get fixed. Unlike Twisted Metal's online mode.

Dark_Wr4ith
Dark_Wr4ith

You'd think a company that big could have afforded a couple of people to have play tested it first.

TWL1687
TWL1687

Hey just thought I would ask if anyone else has come across the same issue of no longer having a personal vehicle. I made it though all the tutorial missions and was at the point where you have to play a team deathmatch, our team won and than upon returning to the world, no personal vehicle and no insurance contact number in my phone.

EVOchamp2015
EVOchamp2015

Love it when AAA games fumble like this, humble them a little bit.

19James89
19James89

This is the last game I buy from Rockstar.

rmartinezdl
rmartinezdl

thats what you get for being a greedy assholes

G4m3r0uTL4wZ
G4m3r0uTL4wZ

Glad I Still havent touched this unstable piece of shit and Im taking my time completing the SP. Sounds liek a complete waste of time.

ddorn
ddorn

day three and all I can do today is create a character and get stuck joining! that's real progress!

resident_jisen
resident_jisen

@sidzero I know how you feel. But they can`t apologize for this since there is no guarantee any game online or offline will work 100% plus online mode is free anyway.

Evildude683
Evildude683

@JIMDOG4442002 You can use mics. But like in every online game there are always obnoxious people who keep rapping and/or playing rap music while they play.

dussan2
dussan2

@Dark_Wr4ith  

1. It's a cloud service using VIRTUALIZED servers.  

2.  There is no way they can stress test 20 million people trying to access the game at one time.

 

Sam_021
Sam_021

@Dark_Wr4ith What are you on about? They did and it's working just fine, a little bit slow and I had had no problem playing with my mates.
The issue was there for the first 10-12 hours or so then it got fixed. 

arama
arama

@TWL1687 Ring the insurance agency contact in your phone and make a claim, i thought my cars wee going missing for a while too but they were all there for me to get back, they get impounded  then destroyed if you dont steal them back.


19James89
19James89

@TWL1687 It's so buggy it's unbelievable. I can understand there being a few niggles, but the whole online component is broken and glitched. 

Rockstar has gone down in my estimations dramatically after this and given the experience I have had with GTA V as a whole, I'd say Carolyn Petit was being overally generous when she gave GTA V a 9/10. 


dom28
dom28

@19James89 Guys who cant wait a week or two: This is the last game I buy from Rockstar

Me: lol

games_alex
games_alex

@resident_jisen @sidzero 
Last time I checked, I payed 80$ for GTA Online, since it comes with GTA V. And the only way to access GTA Online is through GTA V. So please tell me how GTA Online is free again.
(It's kinda like saying, you cant complain about BF3's Online, since you got it for free with the SP Game.)

Sam_021
Sam_021

@19James89 @TWL1687 You might be unlucky, I've had no problem at all in the UK (except the first 10-12 hours).

TWL1687
TWL1687

@19James89 @TWL1687 Yeah I managed to get through the tutorial no prob guess I'm one of the lucky ones, but some of the glitches I have seen are remarkable, being teleported under the world, for example, the list goes on. Love the idea and the game is super fun to play with friends, once the bugs are fixed I think it will be one of the better online experiences.

19James89
19James89

@dom28 @19James89 They have had months to get this sorted and they had an extra two weeks after the game came out. 

It's unacceptable and in certain industries in the world such incompetence would see heads roll. 

19James89
19James89

@TWL1687 I've got as far as doing missions for Simeon, then I went to access the multiplayer an hour or so ago and my character has disappeared, so I have had to create a new one, my money is still there for me to access, but I cannot access the multiplayer. 

This is a company which has billions in its bank account and it cannot even get a functioning multiplayer working, if they were inaduated with problems they should have delayed the online mode further. 

I can forgive a company for making a delay to ensure the game is in the best possible condition, but I cannot forgive companies who rush their products onto the market before they're properly tested and polished.

People can slate Nintendo all they like, but you don't get this crap with them. Developers like Rockstar should take note.

dussan2
dussan2

@19James89 @dom28  

You can't stress test 20 million active users connecting to a cloud service on two seperate platforms across the world.  

19James89
19James89

@arama Well considering I am not purchasing a PS4 or Xbox One, I highly doubt it. 

arama
arama

@19James89 @dom28 Dude who are you kidding, you're going to buy every R* game that ever comes out

DemocraticTroll
DemocraticTroll

@19James89 @DemocraticTroll

Never had that happen to me...what level did you reach on your character?

And maybe try that since it's temporary...but i would ask on google first about that.

19James89
19James89

@DemocraticTroll I exited the online mode, log back on a little later and all my progress has gone, I have to go back to the beginning again.