Rockstar Games has announced a plan to make amends for GTA Online's SimCity-like kick-off. Although the single player game, which was released in mid-September, has received universal acclaim from both critics and fans, everyone is less than pleased with the much-hyped and heavily maligned launch of its online multiplayer sidekick.
In response, Rockstar has created a "stimulus package," which will dole out $500,000 of in-game currency to gamers who attempted to play GTA Online any time during October. "For players who experienced cloud server errors, connection issues and lost game progress and characters in these first days of GTA Online, we hope this GTA$ helps to facilitate a fresh start or makes your continued life in Los Santos and Blaine County extra sweet," said the developer in a post on its official website.
The half-million of GTA cash, which can be purchased for about $10 in real money, will come in two installments of $250,000 after Rockstar cures the bug causing in-game progress to disappear. Gamers will need to download the title update 1.04 before they receive the GTA$. The first deposit is expected this week and the second on a yet-to-be-disclosed date later this month. Players will be able to access the funds via an ATM or their character's smart phone.
The patch should also deal with the issue of disappearing vehicles. But it's a mixed bag for those hoping for the return of their old characters. The title update should address the deletion of characters, but gamers will not get their old ones back. "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," said the developer.
Does the "stimulus" help heal the wounds? Be sure to check out the Rockstar Newswire. That's where the developer will announce when each deposit will be made!
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