Rockstar buying more servers before Grand Theft Auto Online’s launch

By Prarthito Maity , Updated Sep 26, 2013 11:24 AM EDT
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Rockstar is the victim of its own success. It seems like the company didn’t actually expect GTA 5 to be as popular as it's become, and now with the upcoming arrival of GTA Online, the company is finding it hard to make accommodations for all the players, and is trying to add more servers for the game to meet the demands.

“One thing we are already aware of, and are trying to alleviate as fast as we can, is the unanticipated additional pressure on the servers due to a significantly higher number of players than we were anticipating at this point – we are working around the clock to buy and add more servers,” the company stated in an official post.

The company is expecting a tough ride in the coming days. Provided that the game is a huge offering as far as in-game open-world is concerned, Rockstar has acknowledged the fact that it is expecting a number of technical issues like glitches and crashes when the online offering finally arrives publicly, saying, “this increased scale is only going to make the first few days even more temperamental than such things usually are. This is part of the problem some of you have been experiencing with the iFruit App and some Social Club services – we apologize in advance for this and thank you for your patience in this area.”

“There will be the typical growing pains for an online game, including but not limited to crashes, glitches, crazy bugs, gameplay modes and mechanics that need re-balancing and other surprises! Even in GTAV Story Mode, some of you may have seen a few odd and even amusing little glitches out there last week. This sort of thing is inevitable in a massive open-world game and there’ll surely be lots more unexpected oddities like this in the Online world next week,” Rockstar stated.

However, the team has also assured that to deal with all such problems, “we’ll be monitoring and actively doing all we can to smooth such things out as they happen, but we need your help to find them, as well as your feedback to help fine tune all of the game's systems so everything is perfectly balanced.”

Grand Theft Auto 5 arrived worldwide on Sept. 17 this year.

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