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GTA Trilogy PC players have been locked out for over 12 hours
Due to Rockstar Launcher downtime, players who bought the game are still unable to play it
PC players who purchased Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition have been left unable to play it for more than 12 hours.
Rockstar tweeted at 2.23pm ET / 7.23pm GMT on Thursday, just a few hours after the new remasters were released, that its Rockstar Games Launcher was down for maintenance.
At the time of writing, the Launcher is still down more than 12 hours later, meaning players are still unable to access the games they bought. VGC has also independently confirmed this.
The PC version of the game has also seemingly been pulled from Rockstar’s online store. We’ve contacted Rockstar for comment and will update this story when we hear back.
UPDATE: Dataminers have since discovered that the PC version of GTA Trilogy reportedly contains all the music that’s no longer licensed, as well as uncompiled code with developer comments.
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The downtime means that other Rockstar games can’t be played on PC either, including Red Dead Redemption 2 and Grand Theft Auto V.
However, because the GTA Trilogy remasters were released almost immediately before the shutdown, it’s the people who bought this game who are most frustrated.
“Services for the Rockstar Games Launcher and supported titles are temporarily offline for maintenance,” the company tweeted on Thursday. “Services will return as soon as maintenance is completed.”
Players have been responding to the continued downtime with frustration and anger.
“Been refreshing the Server website all day, still nothing obviously,” commented one user on the GTA subreddit.
“I’m gonna be honest,” wrote a Twitter user. “As we head into the 9th hour of the Rockstar Games Launcher being down, It’s starting to feel like this is the biggest f*** you to the PC gaming community I have literally ever seen from any game dev and I have seen some doozies.”
Rockstar also suffered some issues with the PlayStation release of the game on its release day, although ironically it was the complete opposite problem.
Players who had pre-ordered the game were gaining access to it much earlier than they were supposed to, forcing Rockstar to pull the game from the PlayStation Store until it was ready to officially launch.
On Thursday we published the first 25 minutes of GTA Trilogy – Definitive Edition running on Nintendo Switch, which is the first proper look at the Nintendo version.
VGC also published the first images of GTA Trilogy: The Definitive Edition showing the difference between the PS4 and Nintendo Switch versions of the game.