It’s no secret that the first month of Grand Theft Auto V’s online multiplayer mode experienced a rough start. Even Rockstar Games warned player of expected rocky waters ahead of the GTA Online launch yet, now a month into the game, players are still running into issues of data loss that causes character or property deletion. It’s because of these very issues that the developer has repeatedly postponed their planned $500,000 in-game stimulus payments. Rockstar Games gave fans the now familiar message that the next title update, along with the first stimulus payout, is expected to release next week. However, this same statement has been issued by the developer each week since the stimulus payments were first announced.
The $500,000 gift was meant to help GTA Online early adopters who might have suffered through troublesome network connectivity issues or data loss that resulted in deleted characters, property, vehicles, or progress. For those wondering why the payouts haven’t just been handed out regardless, Rockstar Games wishes to address the issues cause such data loss before giving players half a million dollars that could potentially end up becoming lost due to the ongoing problems of the game. It is for this reason that the stimulus payments, which were initially expected to be released in full by the end of October, are continually being delayed each week.