Launch problems for GTA Online set to frustrate gamers
GTA Online might be more offline - its creators have warned.
The online version of the open world game launched today, but was expected to be a victim of the success of GTA V.
Rockstar North has admitted it is facing “unanticipated” pressure because sales of GTA 5 have been stronger than expected.
According to some figures, more than 15 million units of the title had been sold by early last week.
“We are working around the clock to buy and add more servers,” Rockstar North’s blog said.
But it added that matters could be “more temperamental than such things usually are” because using so many computers introduced their own issues.
In the online version of the 18-rated violent crime game, up to 16 players can interact simultaneously within a virtual environment and create personalised avatars.
Everyone who bought GTA 5 gets it free.
But GTA Online would not be the first game to face problems at launch.
Earlier this year EA faced an avalanche of complaints when people who bought PC game Sim City could not log on to the game.
The company ended up giving all those who had bought it a free game, as way of an apology.