If you've been going on an online crime spree with your buddies in Grand Theft Auto Online, you might want to take a break for a little while – because later tonight, Rockstar Games won't be giving you much choice.

The publisher has announced that it will begin a 24-hour maintenance period for the online equivalent of Grand Theft Auto 5, starting at 9 PM Eastern tonight. This is for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

"We expect to be back up within 24 hours," said Rockstar in a statement. "Apologies for the inconvenience."

While you're waiting to get back into Los Santos, might we suggest browsing our Grand Theft Auto 5 Free Guide for any strategies you might have missed? It's a great time to catch up.