Complaining about something is easy, but fixing the origin of said gripe isn’t always as simple as it seems. Take GTA Online for example, the license to print money that Rockstar Games has been building on for years now, which is infamous for its incredibly long load times to do just about anything in the game.
Fans have long complained about it, and in the age of solid state drives, it’s unacceptable. In pure “you think you can do a better job”, one GTA fan did just that and reduced loading times by up to 70%. Of course getting that custom fix to work required hacking the game, something that most developers aren’t too keen on but in a round of good news everyone it turns out that Rockstar is keen on this solution.
As reported by PC Gamer, the hack that GitHub user tostercx (aka T0st) came up with is being looked at by Rockstar, with an eye on implementing it in a future update. “After a thorough investigation, we can confirm that player t0st did, in fact, reveal an aspect of the game code related to load times for the PC version of GTA Online that could be improved,” the company said in a statement. “As a result of these investigations, we have made some changes that will be implemented in a forthcoming title update.”
Give that fella a job already! T0st and was initially “shocked to discover that it still loads just as slow as the day it was released seven years ago.,” when investigating GTA Online, leading to the fix and making headlines in the process. T0st also banked $10,000 from Rockstar through its Bug Bounty program as an exceptional reward for their efforts.
As for when Rockstar plans to drastically reduce those wait times, there’s no concrete date yet but it’ll probably be done long before your current game of GTA has fully loaded.
Seriously, those waiting times are pure torture in this day and age. There are only so many cat TikTok videos you can watch in the lengthy gaps between gameplay sessions.
Last Updated: March 16, 2021