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GTA Online down for maintenance at 9 pm EST/2 am GMT

Rockstar expects to bring servers back up within 24 hours

Grand Theft Auto Online will be offline for maintenance starting January 15/16 at 9pm EST/2am GMT, Rockstar announced Wednesday.

The developer said it expects the free-roaming multiplayer component of Grand Theft Auto 5 to be back in working order within 24 hours.


GTA Online received a patch on Monday intended to boost anti-cheating measures and squash GTA$ and Reputation Points exploits. Another update released in December added 'Capture' mode, a team-based game type with 20 new Jobs spread over four new modes - Raid, Hold, GTA and Contend.

A petition calling for Rockstar to release GTA 5 on PC has reached more than 650,000 signatures, though the studio has acknowledged only that other platforms are "up for consideration."

Rockstar plans to release "substantial" single-player DLC for the open-world crime game in 2014.