The launch of Grand Theft Auto Online was a bit of a bumpy one – something which we all expected – but no one quite expected the extent that the problems would get to. I myself had to create about five different characters before one finally stuck. Luckily I didn’t get too far thanks to the other problems GTA Online was having at the time but others had progressed quite far and had ranked up only to have their character disappear next time they loaded up the game.

Rockstar have since fixed the problem and at the same time have confirmed that character loss cannot be restored meaning that those six hours you spent playing GTA Online have permanently gone down the drain.

The statement was posted on the game’s support page. Rockstar said;

For those asking about their lost characters or rank, those will not be able to be restored so we sincerely hope that this cash stimulus we’re giving out this month will help you get back on your feet or to make your new life in Los Santos & Blaine extra sweet.”

To soften the blow Rockstar will be giving every player who played GTA Online during the month of October a $500,000 stimulus package that’ll be deposited into their bank accounts in two $250,000 chunks – the reason for this is to avoid inflating the in-game economy.

To find out if you’re eligible here are the requirements:

  • You must play or have played Grand Theft Auto Online at any time during the month of October 2013 in order to qualify for the GTA$500,000 deposit in your in-game bank account.
  • Players will first have to install a forthcoming GTA 5 title update which is expected sometime next week. (It should be available now) Title update 1.04 is expected to fix the remaining instances of issues that have caused vehicle purchase loss and will also enable the functionality through which Rockstar will be providing this GTA$ stimulus cash to players.
  • It will be announced on 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.

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