June 29, 2017
‘GTA V’ Players Unable To Join Friends In Online Sessions, Rockstar Games Suggests Workaround

Many fans are currently experiencing an in-game issue that are preventing them from being able to play the online multiplayer mode of Grand Theft Auto V with anyone located on their friends list. Enough users have submitted a ticket on the bug today that the official Rockstar Support website posted an article to inform GTA V fans that they are aware of the issues. The developer also reassured gamers that they are actively looking into the reports now in order to resolve the problem.

According to Rockstar Games, many GTA V users are encountering the bug after trying to either join or invite someone from their friends list to a GTA Online lobby or match. The developer states that the game is incorrectly giving the following error message to those wanting to play GTA V with their friends.

"Sending invites is disabled until both you and this player have completed the GTA Online Tutorial."
Rockstar Games has confirmed that the issue is that GTA V players that have definitely completed the online tutorial are receiving the message in error which is effectively preventing them from being able to connect to their friends. The developer is presently looking into the report tickets that have been submitted thus far to see if they can find a solution to the issue.

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Until the problem is fixed, GTA V fans that are affected by the bug can't join online sessions with specific player from their friends list. Thankfully, Rockstar Games has provided a temporary work around to allow people to play together until the recent GTA V online issue is resolved.

While the error message prevents players from using their friends list from connecting to one another, Rockstar Games has discovered that fans can still freely use Grand Theft Auto V's crew tab to group up with other players in GTA Online. The developer suggests that the easiest solution is to invite their friends to their own crew so that they can then invite them to their match through the crew tab of GTA V's pause menu.

Rockstar recognizes some might not want to invite or join specific crews simply to be able to play together. The developer offered an alternative workaround by further navigating the Grand Theft Auto V menu.

"If you don't want to make any changes to your Crews, you can join your friends via the Crews->Friends' Crews option. Select your friend's Crew and choose 'View Members'. From there, choose your friend's Gamertag or PSN ID and select 'Join Game'."
In addition to constantly working to fix issues within GTA V such as today's online tutorial bug, the development team is also busy preparing for the release of online heist missions. As reported last week by the Inquisitr, Rockstar Games confirmed that they the anticipated co-op heists will be launching in a matter of weeks, ahead of the newly announced March release date for GTA V on PC.

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