UPDATE: Rockstar Gives ETA on GTA Online Stimulus Payout
UPDATE: In a press release issued this morning, Rockstar Games said a Grand Theft Auto 5 title update designed to address the ongoing GTA Online character and game progress loss issues will be issued “next week.” Following that patch, Rockstar said it will finally be ready to distribute the stimulus cash. Here’s the official statement from the studio:
We know many of you are anxiously waiting for us to show you the GTA$ Stimulus Package money we announced a couple weeks back. As mentioned in that post, we of course want to ensure that game progress loss issues are sufficiently sorted before distributing the GTA$ to everyone. We have a few more tweaks and fixes to make in a new title update that will hit sometime next week and then we will distribute the cash.
After halving repeat mission payouts in Grand Theft Auto Online, Rockstar seemed to set the perfect stage for its $500,000 stimulus package. Unfortunately, cash-strapped players are still waiting, and there is still no ETA on the first $250,000 installment.
Sorry folks, I jumped the gun on this one. On October 18, I told you that the first payout was imminent. That’s because Rockstar previously noted it would arrive sometime last week and after Grand Theft Auto 5 title update 1.04. When the patch came last Friday morning, I assumed the GTA Online weekend would be highlighted by stimulus bucks. Well, the wait continues a week later, and now Rockstar says it still has work to do before infusing Los Santos with fake money.
For now, Rockstar simply says it is continuing to tweak and balance the in-game economy while trying to address the continued issues many players are having with deleted GTA Online characters (the Rockstar Support Twitter is filled with deleted character complaints). Many are asking, but at this point, Rockstar simply says that updated information on the first stimulus payout is coming “soon.”
We’ll keep you posted.