Something has gone wrong since yesterday’s launch GTA Trilogy on a PC. As of last night, any mention of the PC version has been removed from Rockstar’s site, and the Rockstar Games Launcher app is completely offline. Anyone who bought it before it disappeared can’t play at the moment.
For some reason, Rockstar has decided to remove all versions of GTA III, Vice City, and San Andreas from alternative PC stores — including Steam — which means its software is the only way to play the game. Or rather, the only way not to play it, most of the time since it was supposed to be released.
Rockstar Twitter support described this as “temporarily offline for maintenance”, saying the services would return as soon as this was over. In addition, it was said some 18 hours ago, on the day of the big launch of the remastered versions of the first three 3D Grand Theft Auto games, which the company simultaneously made unavailable in any previous form.
“Thank you for your patience and understanding,” they told customers who had just spent money on a game that was suddenly taken down the same day. “As we continue to work on renewing services for Rockstar Games Launcher and supported titles.”
Kotaku has tested newer GTA titles that are on Steam, and they too can’t run thanks to server problems associated with the Rockstar launcher.
It is obvious that something pretty bad happened, because it will take almost a whole day, and the company does not even offer an estimate when everything could work again.