Rockstar warned us of a rocky launch for the new Grand Theft Auto Online game mode and it wasn't wrong. A lot of players were left frustrated last week after experiencing a bunch of problems including: characters and cars disappearing, money going missing, being unable to take part in or complete some missions and long joining cues.
Since launch Rockstar hasn't wasted any time, several patches have been released and now the Online mode is pretty functional. The big problems people were having before, have pretty much gone giving the developer time to start adding in additional content. As an apology for the problems players faced, Rockstar is giving players $500,000 in-game cash provided in two separate deposits of $250,000 each to help keep the game economy balanced. If we have a look at the Micro-transaction pricing $500,000 equates to £6.99. Free money is good money.
The developer announced this gesture in a statement:
“Given some of the recent technical issues during these first days of GTA Online, and now that things are starting to look much smoother (touch wood!), we are planning to provide a special stimulus package for all who have played or will play Grand Theft Auto Online this month. We will be dropping a cool half a million GTA$ in the GTA Online bank accounts of all players this month, starting as early as next week.”
The second $250,000 deposit should also arrive by the end of October. So far players have been very understanding and appreciative of Rockstar's gesture.
KitGuru Says: There are some saying that the cash boost won't compensate for their lost progress and to that I say: quit being a baby and replay the game. Rockstar said there would be problems and while you may not have expected your progress to be lost, it's not exactly hard to get back. GTA Online is running smoothly now which is great, I never doubted that it'd be fixed before the end of October. Enjoy the free money! What will you buy with yours?