No it was even letting me access that part of the game.
It went through the intro vids and the to the press start screen. I press start it tells me there is an autosave feature and to select my hard drive. I select the hard drive it says connecting to remote serves then shows me that error message after unsuccessfully trying to connect.
I never even got to where you are talking about ... I will try again after I get off work and hope all is well.