GAMES DEVELOPER Rockstar doesn't go about saying sorry by half, having revealed that those who have experienced problems playing GTA Online will receive $500,000.
The launch of GTA Online has seen some problems, with PS3 and Xbox 360 users experiencing crashes, missing characters and random errors.
It seems that Rockstar wants to make up for that by offering players of the game $500,000 each. Sadly, that's in-game money rather than real cash, but the news likely will be welcomed by GTA Online players. Rockstar said that the sweetener will be available to all players who accessed GTA Online during the month of October, and that the cash pile will be provided in two deposits of $250,000 to "keep the in-game economy balanced".
The first deposit is likely to arrive in GTA Online virtual bank accounts next week, with the second to follow by the end of the month. Before receiving the update, players will have to install a Grand Theft Auto V (GTA 5) version 1.04 update, which will be released next week.
The firm also offered an apology on its website. Rockstar said, "Given some of the recent technical issues during these first days of GTA Online, and now that things are starting to look much smoother (touch wood), we are planning to provide a stimulus package for all who have played [GTA Online] this month.
"We will be dropping a cool half a million GTA$ in the GTA Online bank accounts of all players this month, starting as early as next week."
The news has gone down pretty well with GTA Online players in the comments on Rockstar's website, although some people of course have found reason to moan, saying that this won't compensate for the fact that players and progress were lost. µ
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