I'm glad that R* doesn't have the same feeble mindset as the majority of this threads lousy responders.
Too many of you have NO CLUE about real life business.
You are incorrect. I would say a whole lot of us have real life business experience.
Listen, Rockstar are hugely successful as game devs.. Any game they put out sells millions of copies. Up to this point we've had vastly positive experiences.
Simply put there are too many things that seem "off". The second you try passing of your Multiplayer mode as a "Free To Play" venture like it's a damn mobile game is the second people start wondering "hmm why wasn't Red Dead or GTA IV classified as such?"
Answer? Because that isn't a game dev decision that's a corporate decision.
It's their business and they can do as they want since we, the paying customers, continue to use their services.
Ultimately we as a fanbase have been about as loyal as a fanbase can be but anybody who isn't blinded by EXTREME brand loyalty can see that there have been some bizarre and arbitrary decisions made from, literally, Day 01 of the Online launch.
The ONE issue they most should have focused on was stability. Too many lost characters/cars to start and since that day, too many disconnects, too many Timed Out From Sesssions, too many times left hanging in the clouds. The focus has been strictly on Money Glitches/Hacks and while that IS a major issue it speaks volumes that connectivity, KEEPING THE CUSTOMER CONNECTED WITH THE PRODUCT seems to have taken a backseat to anything that has anything to do with money.
Every corporation is about Money. Fact. Take Two will do what it can to maximize profits and we all accept that.
The downer is that games are supposed to equal FUN and there have been some head scratching decisions that seem like the exact opposite of FUN.
Yet there is the CorporateSpeak letting us know how LUCKY we are to have this FREE TO PLAY experience!
Which to me means they had a PRE LOADED EXCUSE upon launch. We can't complain because it's FREE!
Really though: Every single person who bought this game did so with the expectation that Multilayer would be a functioning part of GTA V.