Rockstar to award ‘GTA Online’ players 500k in GTA$ to make up for rocky launch
Like every massively popular online game, Grand Theft Auto Online‘s launch didn’t go smoothly, and was riddled with bugs and errors that kept countless gamers from playing. After issuing a few patches to clear help clear things up, Rockstar Games is giving every player a reward that we can all appreciate: cold hard cash (GTA$, that is).
Rockstar has recently confirmed that they will be depositing a “stimulus package” in the sum of GTA$500k (the mode’s in-game currency) into every player’s GTA Online bank account. To maintain the integrity of the game’s internal economy (which is affected by the BAWSAQ stock market), the devs will split the total sum into two 250k deposits. There are a few qualifications that you must meet before you can get your proverbial cheddar, however, and these requirements can be found below:
- You must play or have played Grand Theft Auto Online at any time during the month of October 2013 in order to qualify for the GTA$500,000 deposit in your in-game bank account.
- Players will first have to install a forthcoming GTAV title update which we expect to happen next week. That title update (1.04) is expected to fix the remaining instances of issues that have caused vehicle purchase loss and will also enable the functionality through which we’ll be providing this GTA$ stimulus cash to players.
- We will announce at the Rockstar Newswire when each deposit is made.
- Each of the two GTA$250,000 deposits will be made by Rockstar and should automatically appear in the in-game GTA Online bank accounts of eligible players. Beyond downloading the forthcoming title update mentioned above, there should not be any additional special action required by eligible players to redeem.
Rockstar hopes to be able to make the transactions soon, but the studio confirms that they won’t be doing anything until they stabilize the current issues regarding save game progress in GTAO. The studio affirmed that this boon of digital dough was a means of helping gamers make a “fresh start” in the online mode, especially those affected by the aggravating cloud server errors and maddening loss in saved progress:
“For players who experienced cloud server errors, connection issues, and lost game progress and characters in these first days of GTA Online, we hope this GTA$ helps to facilitate a fresh start or makes your continued life in Los Santos and Blaine County extra sweet.”
GTA Online isn’t fixed yet, but rest assured that Rockstar is on the case and they are addressing all of the current issues and will continue to streamline gameplay via numerous updates until everything’s as it should be.
Just yesterday the devs rolled out another title update on Xbox 360 and PS3 that addressed multiple glitches including some causes of the dreaded deletion of saved game data. The studio added that it won’t be doing anything about the loss in character data, but they hope that the stimulus package will make up for the frustration.
“For those asking about their lost characters or rank, those will not be able to be restored so we sincerely hope that this cash stimulus we’re giving out this month will help you get back on your feet or to make your new life in Los Santos & Blaine extra sweet.”
In the case that you don’t know what to do with your half-a-million GTA$, Rockstar will also post up guides on how to make wise investments within the online mode–along with continued info on the planned updates and fixes, of course.