Rockstar Games has pulled Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition from digital storefronts on PC because of ongoing problems with Rockstar Games Launcher, making the game unplayable.
The Rockstar Games Launcher is the only way to launch the newly released remastered GTA Trilogy on PC. The game came out yesterday but remains unplayable because the launcher itself has been offline for nearly 24 hours.
Rockstar has offered little in the way of explanation, saying only that the "Rockstar Games launcher and supported titles are temporarily offline for maintenance. Services will return as soon as maintenance is completed," the developer wrote on its official support Twitter account.
It remains unclear why the launcher is down, or how long a fix will take. Other Rockstar titles, such as Red Dead Redemption 2 and Grand Theft Auto Online, are also unavailable as a result of the outage.
Would-be players are expressing their frustration online. Some are criticizing Rockstar's use of its own launcher rather than a more widely used one such as Steam. Others point out a single-player game shouldn't require connecting to online services at all.
"We thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to work on restoring services for the Rockstar Games Launcher and supported titles," Rockstar tweeted.