Rockstar has begun sending out their "Stimulus Package" to GTA Online players. This free, in-game payment of $500,000 is meant as a "thank you" to players for putting up with the various launch bugs.
"We expect that it will take up to 2 full days for the Stimulus Package to be fully delivered to the entire player base from October 2013, so please be patient if you do not see it appearing in your in-game bank account just yet," Rockstar said on Wednesday. "We will update this post on Friday when we expect all the GTA$ Stimulus Package deposits to have been completed."
GTA Online, the multiplayer component to GTA V, officially launched on October 1st. GTAO allows players to create custom characters and then run amuck. Players can team up for missions, hold street races, or just kill each other. They can use the money they earn through missions to buy new apartments, vehicles and more.
GTAO's first month was marred by technical problems. The rapid influx of millions of GTA V players overwhelmed Rockstar's servers. Bugs prevented players from getting past the tutorial. When players finally did get to play GTAO, they found that their hard-earned progress kept getting erased. Rockstar was forced to remove the game's microtransactions as a result of its instability.
To plug the various holes in GTA Online, Rockstar has been releasing regular patches over the past month. They're unable to restore any progress that was lost, though. The "Stimulus Package" is how they're trying to set things right. It's been a
"Thanks go out to everyone for their continued patience and understanding while we worked through these issues, and we can’t wait to bring more into the world of GTA Online."
In addition to soothing hurt feelings, this Stimulus Package should encourage inactive players back into GTAO. Rockstar hopes to keep these returning players' attention by releasing a free Beach Bum DLC pack next month. Other future plans this fall include a mission editor and special Social Club events.