Rockstar Games Remain Offline

Yesterday's launch of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition has been a bit of disaster. A tweet from Rockstar Support acknowledges that the services for the Rockstar Games Launcher and supported titles "are temporarily offline for maintenance." That was yesterday afternoon, but that temporary outage persists. This doesn't just prevent players from playing the newly released remakes, but other Rockstar Games as well. As of this time, the new GTA Trilogy bundle is no longer for sale for Windows on the Rockstar Store. A tweet from the wee hours this morning says work at getting things restored continues, thanking players for their patience and understanding. At this point there's no explanation of what is causing the problem.
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Nov 12, 2021, 11:02
El Pit
 
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Re: Rockstar Games Remain Offline Nov 12, 2021, 11:02
Nov 12, 2021, 11:02
 El Pit
 
We at Rockstar love you, fans. And now we won't let you download the game you bought. And NOW we won't even let you buy the game anymore.
Rockstar Games Service. Where single-player games are played as they are meant to be played: with online authentication at least every 24 hours.
True love.

I want cd-keys back. Or code wheels. Or "insert tape and press play". Or "put cartridge into the Atari 2600 and play".

I am old. I have seen better times. Not only but also for gamers when it comes to how easily games could be played.
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Nov 12, 2021, 11:05
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Meanwhile people who downloaded the copy from "less reputable sources" are happily playing away.

xD xD xD
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Nov 12, 2021, 11:15
NKD
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Re: Rockstar Games Remain Offline Nov 12, 2021, 11:15
Nov 12, 2021, 11:15
NKD
 
Pirates getting the better game experience once again
Do you have a single fact to back that up?
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Nov 12, 2021, 11:15
Rigs
 
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Nov 12, 2021, 11:15
 Rigs
 
Simon Says wrote on Nov 12, 2021, 11:05:

Meanwhile people who downloaded the copy from "less reputable sources" are happily playing away.

xD xD xD

To an extent, however it hasn't been officially cracked (ie. the .exes are still encrypted) and the way they did it is causing problems of its own.

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Re: Rockstar Games Remain Offline
Nov 12, 2021, 11:29
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Nov 12, 2021, 11:29
 
Rigs wrote on Nov 12, 2021, 11:15:
Simon Says wrote on Nov 12, 2021, 11:05:

Meanwhile people who downloaded the copy from "less reputable sources" are happily playing away.

xD xD xD

To an extent, however it hasn't been officially cracked (ie. the .exes are still encrypted) and the way they did it is causing problems of its own.

=-Rigs-=

It has been cracked since yesterday and word is it's working perfectly.
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Re: Rockstar Games Remain Offline
Nov 12, 2021, 11:53
El Pit
 
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Re: Rockstar Games Remain Offline Nov 12, 2021, 11:53
Nov 12, 2021, 11:53
 El Pit
 
Simon Says wrote on Nov 12, 2021, 11:29:
Rigs wrote on Nov 12, 2021, 11:15:
Simon Says wrote on Nov 12, 2021, 11:05:

Meanwhile people who downloaded the copy from "less reputable sources" are happily playing away.

xD xD xD

To an extent, however it hasn't been officially cracked (ie. the .exes are still encrypted) and the way they did it is causing problems of its own.

=-Rigs-=

It has been cracked since yesterday and word is it's working perfectly.

But surely the single-player game is no fun being played without online authentication? Right, guys? No forced online = game no fun? Right? Rockstar knows this. They care about gamers.

Screw this. I've invested definitely tens of thousand of $$$ or €€€ in games and hardware over the last decades. But with the plague of mining and games becoming service games, I think it is time to leave that behind me. I got a looong backlog of old games that are hopefully playable with a current OS and 2020s hardware. And they can be played OFFLINE.
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Nov 12, 2021, 13:05
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Nov 12, 2021, 13:05
 
Rather would have Red Dead Redemption with the RDR2 engine on PC.
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Nov 12, 2021, 13:47
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Nov 12, 2021, 13:47
 
Pretty funny that their mobile ports have to be online DRMed
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Nov 12, 2021, 13:51
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Nov 12, 2021, 13:51
 
The Half Elf wrote on Nov 12, 2021, 13:05:
Rather would have Red Dead Redemption with the RDR2 engine on PC.
^^^This. A thousand times this!
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Nov 12, 2021, 14:37
Rigs
 
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Nov 12, 2021, 14:37
 Rigs
 
RedEye9 wrote on Nov 12, 2021, 13:51:
The Half Elf wrote on Nov 12, 2021, 13:05:
Rather would have Red Dead Redemption with the RDR2 engine on PC.
^^^This. A thousand times this!

From what I've read previously, this is actually being done right now. I can't for the life of me find the link to the article but apparently it's been leaked that they're working on RDR(1) to bring out before GTA6. When, I have no clue, but they were saying it was going to be quite a while. So maybe around the same time The Elder Scrolls 6 comes out?

Simon Says wrote on Nov 12, 2021, 11:29:
It has been cracked since yesterday and word is it's working perfectly.

For now. According to a source (that I won't mention because I know Blue doesn't like us talking about this here):
"None of the "cracks" posted does actually include properly decrypted .exes, the original encryption is fully intact in all cases....that being said, chances are high that any of the games will crash or malfunction at some point, namely when the code enters one of these encrypted regions..."
So, if they're right, you'll run into problems at some point. I haven't had time to play much so I can't confirm. It doesn't seem like any of the 'normal' high-profile crack teams have released it, so I would be extremely cautious. Though, given the fact that legit owners can't even play the frakkin' thing at all (and those of us trying to finish up our RDR2 playthrough can't because of the same problem! Thanks, *R!), maybe it is the better way to go. Whatever

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Re: Rockstar Games Remain Offline
Nov 12, 2021, 14:42
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Nov 12, 2021, 14:42
 
This is nothing new, and publishers/developers have not learnt any lessons.

Some people will remember back when Half-Life 2/TF2 was released, it required a Steam account to be activated (which incidentally, coincided with the release of Steam platform). This caused a lot of displeasure from gamers who were used to just punching in the CD Key, installing the game, and away they went.

This was a hotly anticipated game at the time.

"What if servers are down? How do I play?", they asked.

"You can still play offline - it only requires a single log-in to activate", said Valve.

Of course, the day of release, the Steam servers were overloaded, and people who purchased the game were unable to activate it, and therefor play it.

I didn't get to play my new copy of HL2 for TWO DAYS because the servers were down.

#neverforget
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Nov 12, 2021, 15:18
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Nov 12, 2021, 15:18
 
Shifter2000 wrote on Nov 12, 2021, 14:42:
This is nothing new, and publishers/developers have not learnt any lessons.

Some people will remember back when Half-Life 2/TF2 was released, it required a Steam account to be activated (which incidentally, coincided with the release of Steam platform). This caused a lot of displeasure from gamers who were used to just punching in the CD Key, installing the game, and away they went.

This was a hotly anticipated game at the time.

"What if servers are down? How do I play?", they asked.

"You can still play offline - it only requires a single log-in to activate", said Valve.

Of course, the day of release, the Steam servers were overloaded, and people who purchased the game were unable to activate it, and therefor play it.

I didn't get to play my new copy of HL2 for TWO DAYS because the servers were down.

#neverforget

Was that the retail version? I woke up early that day and played my pre-loaded digital copy for a few hours before school.
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Nov 12, 2021, 15:24
El Pit
 
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Nov 12, 2021, 15:24
 El Pit
 
jacobvandy wrote on Nov 12, 2021, 15:18:
Was that the retail version? I woke up early that day and played my pre-loaded digital copy for a few hours before school.

Yes. I still got the original disc here with the cd key. It had to be authenticated online with Steam.
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Nov 12, 2021, 15:42
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Nov 12, 2021, 15:42
 
steam was released way before HL2. I remember we ran a set of TFC servers and website, plus a big natural selection server farm too. We all got steam at release and added day of defeat to our roster (which continued right through our TF2 days). I have a five digit steam ID (plus username that is a long lost email address as you had no choice back then). HL2 came a while afterwards.
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Nov 12, 2021, 16:13
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Nov 12, 2021, 16:13
 
Didn't this happen when GTA5 was free on the EGS or was it the EGS which died?
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Nov 12, 2021, 16:50
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Nov 12, 2021, 16:50
 
A bit of a disaster? The game is a disaster let alone the launch. Parts of the game looks worse than modded originals. The fan-based remastered were ages better than this shit Rockstar dropped. I own every GTA, these are all skips for me.

Case in point
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Nov 12, 2021, 17:41
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Nov 12, 2021, 17:41
 
Dacron wrote on Nov 12, 2021, 16:50:
A bit of a disaster? The game is a disaster let alone the launch. Parts of the game looks worse than modded originals. The fan-based remastered were ages better than this shit Rockstar dropped. I own every GTA, these are all skips for me.

Case in point
Well that’s embarrassing.
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Nov 12, 2021, 17:53
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Nov 12, 2021, 17:53
 
I'm voting hacked, and aren't this idiots using crapware denuvo?
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Nov 12, 2021, 18:39
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Nov 12, 2021, 18:39
 
my God.. The arrogance of this company..
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Nov 12, 2021, 18:46
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Nov 12, 2021, 18:46
 
Shifter2000 wrote on Nov 12, 2021, 14:42:
This is nothing new, and publishers/developers have not learnt any lessons.

Some people will remember back when Half-Life 2/TF2 was released, it required a Steam account to be activated (which incidentally, coincided with the release of Steam platform). This caused a lot of displeasure from gamers who were used to just punching in the CD Key, installing the game, and away they went.

This was a hotly anticipated game at the time.

"What if servers are down? How do I play?", they asked.

"You can still play offline - it only requires a single log-in to activate", said Valve.

Of course, the day of release, the Steam servers were overloaded, and people who purchased the game were unable to activate it, and therefor play it.

I didn't get to play my new copy of HL2 for TWO DAYS because the servers were down.

#neverforget

HL2 didn't and doesn't use DRM. Retail copies and Steam copies could be pre-loaded, but were encrypted until release. After release, the files had to be decrypted, but afterwords are DRM Free.

I pre-ordered HL2, and had no problem playing on release day. I didn't try to play the minute it released, it was later in the day, but it fired right up after waiting several minutes for the decryption process.
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