Rockstar Pulls GTA Remastered Trilogy from PC Due to Authentication Outage – ExtremeTech

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Rockstar was supposed to be on top with the release of the remastered Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy right now. Unfortunately, it was not. The publisher’s decision to make the character models look like a lo-fi version of The Sims was unpopular, but the total collapse of Rockstar’s online authentication system is even worse. With no way to confirm ownership on PC, players can’t even hold their noses and enjoy the carnage of GTA. As a result, Rockstar has withdrawn the PC version from sale on the company website.

I know what you’re thinking: how could Rockstar screw this up? GTA 3, GTA: San Andreas and GTA: Vice City are some of the most beloved games of the last 20 years. The unstoppable march of technology also means that almost every device can run these games quite easily in 2021. These titles predate the always-online world we live in today, but Rockstar decided to wedge its Rockstar Games Launcher online on the launching. The first time you start the games, they must authenticate. No authentication, no game.

According to Rockstar Tweets, has experienced an outage of the servers managing the launcher. That means any game that requires that system to authenticate won’t work, and that includes the new Grand Theft Auto Trilogy. However, like the games of the early 2000s, these titles have no online function – Rockstar didn’t bother to support San Andreas two-player mode or even something as simple as an online leaderboard. So the only online service is authentication and it doesn’t work.

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The outage began on Thursday (November 11) and has continued for more than a day. As of this post, yet I can’t buy the remastered trilogy on PC. Going to the official page simply says that the title is temporarily unavailable. Naturally, the people who bought the trilogy despite the graphics are upset that they can’t play the games. And if you think you could get a classic copy of the games, think again. Rockstar pulled the original versions from all digital stores prior to the remastered release. Oh, do you already own them? Well, they also need Rockstar Games Launcher, so they don’t work either.

Rockstar has not given any indication of when the launcher will be back online. Console versions of GTA Trilogy are not affected by the outage. Also, previous installations that have been authenticated should still work for now. Regardless, this has upset many fans who were already dubious about the remastered trilogy. Rockstar has really wasted an opportunity here. Perhaps it should come as no surprise: there have been a number of disastrous remastered releases lately.

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