New GTA Online Patch Promises No More Missing Characters

Your missing character issues may be going away—Rockstar says they've got a patch coming that promises to fix game progress issues in Grand Theft Auto Online, which has been facing serious problems since it launched last week.

You won't get your zapped characters back, but at least the mass character deletions—widely reported by players of Rockstar's online game for the past few days—might be coming to an end soon. The patch is already live on the PlayStation Network, and it will go live on Xbox Live tomorrow.

"This title update will resolve the cause of players losing their gameplay progress except for some specific instances where players purchase a vehicle and the save does not occur due to a cloud save failure," Rockstar writes. "A fix for that particular issue is being worked on and we will provide an update as soon as we know when this will be resolved."

Via Rockstar, here's a list of all the fixes:

  • Fixes multiple issues causing character deletion or other loss of progress
  • Fixes issues causing infinite loading, infinite sky cams, and missing interface options between jobs
  • Fixes an issue causing the "replay" option to be locked out on certain jobs
  • Fixes an issue where a player would become stuck in the mod garage when respraying a Sanchez motor bike
  • Fixes an issue where the Player became stuck inside Los Santos Customs during Online tutorial flow.
  • Fixes an issue causing the loss of guns and ammo
  • Fixes issues causing GTA races ending early because of players spawning too far ahead
  • Fixes issues in Last Team Standing where sessions would not progress past the lobby
  • Fixes issues with network errors when joining Last Team Standing using Quick Job
  • Added clarifications around when a player is using a temporary character in GTA Online during Rockstar Cloud server outages
  • Adjusts the monetary penalty for being killed in a One on One match

Sadly, it doesn't seem like Rockstar plans to restore characters that have been deleted, but the company apologizes for the bugs and reminds us all to save before we quit:

In the meantime, please always remember to save your game before leaving GTA Online, otherwise you may lose any progress since your last save – this can be done by exiting back to Single Player through the pause menu. Until downloading the title update above and in order to minimize the chances of any further data loss, if at any point you receive the message “Rockstar Cloud Servers are unavailable”, please do not either select the "Retry" option or create a temporary Character to play GTA Online. Instead, you should exit to GTAV Story Mode and try entering GTA Online again through the menu in Story Mode. Please also stay tuned or subscribe to the GTA Online Status Updates article at the Rockstar Support site for the latest word on common known technical issues and fixes.

Launch has been rocky for GTA Online, as Rockstar predicted it might be—server lag, random errors, and character deletion have plagued the multiplayer portion of Rockstar's gargantuan open-world game since it went live on October 1. But we've enjoyed what we've played so far, when it works.