In order to make up for all of the issues with character, money, property, and progress loss over the past few weeks, Rockstar has announced the GTA Online Stimulus Package. Rockstar will be dropping a cool half a million GTA$ in the GTA Online bank accounts of all players this month, starting as early as next week. Players had been asking for compensation for all the issues they’ve experienced and I’ll say that for most players this should more than make up for their troubles. There will still be players that aren’t happy, but I think this is as smart and fair a decision as Rockstar could have made in this situation.
To keep the current worldwide in-game economy balanced, they will be providing this GTA$ to players via two deposits of $250,000. They will announce specific dates as soon as possible, but are currently hoping to be able to make the first deposit by the end of next week (after they’ve confirmed that issues causing game progress loss have been fixed) with the second installment to happen by the end of the month.
Below are a few more details on how it will work. To qualify for the $500,000 you must meet the following simple requirements (basically just play GTA Online at any point this month):
- 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.
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.