Rockstar’s ‘GTA Online’ Apology Is A $500,000 Direct Deposit
While it’s true that nearly every major online video game launch has its share of hiccups, the debut of Rockstar’s GTA Online as a counterpart to GTA V has been particularly terrible. A simple inability to log in would be one thing, but the game has endured glitches from infinite loading loops that require hard resets to complete erasure of characters and hours of progress.
It frustrated me to the point where I simply quit, and I probably won’t play until I hear assurances that everything is finally running smoothly so I’m not wasting my time. Rockstar realizes that all of us are rather upset about the launch, which is why they’re trying to buy our love back with virtual money.
It’s been revealed that Rockstar’s apology for the many glitches of GTA Online is a deposit of $500,000 into the virtual bank accounts of every player who has played GTA Online in the month of October. As it’s only the 11th, I take that to mean if you attempt to play now (when I don’t believe the glitches are all yet resolved) you will also qualify for the cash payout. More details from Rockstar:
- Players will first have to install a forthcoming GTAV title update which we expect to happen next week. That title update (1.04) is expected to fix the remaining instances of issues that have caused vehicle purchase loss and will also enable the functionality through which we’ll be providing this GTA$ stimulus cash to players.
- We will announce at the Rockstar Newswire when each deposit is made.
- 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.
$500,000 is a pretty hefty sum in the game, certainly more than it was in single player where heists would net millions and property cost even more. In GTA Online, I was struggling to even save up $75,000 for the crappiest apartment in Los Santos , and $500,000 will buy you a swanky place in a nice area code.
Yes, I know we’ve all been complaining about the grind, how missions pay out incredibly small amounts of money relative to how much everything costs, but is a $500,000 gift almost too much? That’s like 20 times as much money as I’ve earned to date in the game so far. Granted I would have made more if I hadn’t quit because of the bugs, but still.
I suppose players won’t be able to just go on unlimited spending sprees though, because certain items like weapons and clothing have to be unlocked through leveling up your character before you can buy them for cash. I guess the motivation here is to get everyone started with a nice place, garage and perhaps a car or two, and then they get back to the grind to earn all the other stuff.
Though microsotransactions have been disabled in the wake of GTA Online’s glitches, $500,000 converts to about $5.50 US the last I heard about the exchange rate. So I suppose it will also give players a taste of the kinds of things they can buy if they were to instantly acquire a lump sum of cash in the future, by say, paying for it themselves next time. Smart Rockstar, smart.
Paul Tassi, Contributor