It’s been a fair few days since Grand Theft Auto V’s hotly anticipated multiplayer component was supposed to release, but it’s been plagued with issues ever since. That’s because, as expected, Rockstar Games’ servers completely crumbled within seconds of the mode launching. Fortunately, the company appears to be finally getting things back on track, starting with a brand new patch that launched on the PlayStation 3 this morning.

“Thank you everyone for continuing to bear with us since the initial roll out of Grand Theft Auto Online – we’re aware that a variety of technical difficulties have made it difficult to get access and that the experience has been a bit less than smooth for many of you who jumped in straight away,” the firm explained on its official website.

It went on to outline a number of recognised bugs, including the inability to progress beyond the tutorial mission, and server inconsistencies across the board. “We are identifying these issues now and are working to restore stability for users as soon as possible,” the firm said. “Please know that the entire team here at Rockstar and all of our relevant partners are and will continue to be working around the clock to get the experience to be as smooth as possible, as soon as possible.”

We’ve just installed the new patch and things appear to be running much better now. We were finally able to pass the tutorial mission, and didn’t encounter any errors along the way. Hopefully that means that the worst is now behind us, and we can get back to actually enjoying the game. It’s a shame that this issue occurred in the first place, but we suppose that the developer deserves some credit for turning things around relatively swiftly.