The GTA Trilogy Definitive Edition is off to a rocky start. Besides fans criticizing the game's lack of new features and minor improvements over its graphics, it also has other issues. Rockstar Support recently sent out a tweet discussing how the Rockstar Games Launcher is down and under maintenance.
They stated that the services "will return as soon as maintenance is completed." There is no timeframe given in the tweet, so players have no idea when it will be done.
Note: This problem is specifically about the Rockstar Games Launcher not running games like the GTA Trilogy Definitive Edition, GTA Online, Red Dead Online as well as the offline titles.
Those who bought the GTA Trilogy Definitive Edition are unable to play the game at the moment. Any attempt will give them an error (code 133). The reason this happens is because the Rockstar Games Launcher services are down along with Rockstar's Social Club, and that includes authentication. If the service can't authenticate the game, then fans can't play the GTA Trilogy Definitive Edition offline.
Rockstar Games Launcher is down: Players can't access GTA Trilogy Definitive Edition, GTA Online, and other games
On Rockstar Games official support page, they state:
"Services for the Rockstar Games Launcher and supported titles are temporarily offline for maintenance. Services will return as soon as maintenance is completed."
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Hence, it doesn't only exclude people from playing a game they already have installed but also prevents them from downloading it in the first place. There was no previous tweet talking about planned maintenance, meaning that this news came out of left field for many players.
Going by the replies on Rockstar Support's latest tweet, it seems like all offline and online games are down. This includes GTA Online and Red Dead Online as well as the offline games like GTA 5, Red Dead Redemption 2, etc. Players who had logged into the game prior to the servers going down were able to play the game as long as they did not log out. Meanwhile, log-in attempts following the start of the server maintenance remained unsuccessful.
Those who try to run the game directly from their computer will also find themselves unable to play it if they haven't authenticated it beforehand. This problem has lasted for a while, so many players are upset by this recent news.
Until then, one can only wait to play the GTA Trilogy Definitive Edition for the first time.