A little over a week after Grand Theft Auto Online launched, it became clear to developer Rockstar that it had bitten off far more than it could chew. The launch of Grand Theft Auto V's multiplayer component was plagued with clogged servers and glitches from the moment it went live, and in mid-October Rockstar promised players $500,000 of free in-game cash as an incentive to stick around while the game was being fixed.
After over a month of players complaining of lost cash, progress, and characters, Rockstar earlier this week released a patch for GTA Online that has supposedly gotten the game in working order. With that out of the way, the developer has finally made good on its "stimulus package" promise.
The first $500,000 deposits have now begun rolling out to in-game player bank accounts. Any GTA Online player who played the game during October is eligible for the money. Rockstar predicts that it will take up to two days for all players to receive their cash.
The stimulus package can be seen as Rockstar's apology for the issues that plagued GTA Online during its launch month. Over on its newswire, Rockstar thanked the GTA fans that have stuck with the game through its messy launch:
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. On that note, stay tuned for more details on the Beach Bum update soon along with upcoming Social Club event announcements and more here at the Newswire.
The "Beach Bum" update is expected to hit GTA Online sometime this month.