Rockstar delays GTA$ stimulus package, announces DLC

Developer confirms in-game money won't be delivered until next week; free Beach Bum Pack announced for November.

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Gamers hoping to go into the weekend with an influx of in-game cash for Grand Theft Auto Online are out of luck. Rockstar Games announced today the first half the GTA$ stimulus package has been delayed until at least next week, due to a need for more bug fixing.

"We of course want to ensure that game progress loss issues are sufficiently sorted before distributing the GTA$ to everyone," Rockstar said. "We have a few more tweaks and fixes to make in a new title update that will hit sometime next week and then we will distribute the cash."

When Rockstar originally announced the $500,000 of in-game cash for players (to be delivered in two deposits of $250,000) earlier this month, the company said it would not dole out the money until the game was stable.

Rockstar also today announced the first downloadable content for GTA Online. Dubbed the Beach Bum Pack, the DLC contains new beach-themed vehicles and weaponry that can be used in GTA Online and Story Mode. The expansion will arrive in November.

The Beach Bum Pack will also include more customization options for GTA Online characters, including tattoos and hairstyles. New Jobs will also be added across Los Santos and Blaine County.

In addition, Rockstar said it continues to work on delivering, at least the first part, of the GTA Online Content Creator sometime this fall. This will allow players to craft, publish, rate, and play custom Deathmatch and Race jobs. Rockstar will flag some of these creations as "Rockstar Verified" to be featured on the Rockstar Newswire and as part of upcoming GTA Online Social Club events.

The Beach Bum Pack and Content Creator will be free.

Rockstar also announced today that the first GTA Online Social Club Event weekends will kick off in November. Players will be able to score special rewards and bonuses for participating.

Lastly, Rockstar said specific timing information for these content updates and GTA Online Heists and GTA Online Capture the Flag mode will be shared next week. What's more, "initial details" on new GTAV story and GTA Online content will be divulged in the "next few weeks," the developer said.

Discussion

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sensesfail99
sensesfail99

I think its funny that one time when i was playing online with a friend and i mentioned to him that in ammunation theres about 12 empty racks where guns should be, and i said i wonder when rockstar will add new guns, then out of no where some nerd cuts me off and says They wont add new guns, i highly doubt they would do that. OH really, you work at rockstar? How come you can move over each rack then? why would they do that if they would just be empty forever? Idioth!

afromantom
afromantom

No matter what website, all I see is people complaining "WHERE'S MY 500k".... It's 500k Christ sake people saying they'll leave gta online cause they're too lazy too earn money? And people moaning about early dlc (which is free), DLC keeps the game fresh, and with a game such as gta DLC is great as it keeps people interested and gets them involved in different activities and missions. Rockstar have made a masterpiece of a game! A truely vast expanding different online experience for all! If youre too lazy too earn money and rank up and just waiting for the 500k to waste on some sports car which you will free roam in doing fuck all productive. The. Clearly you're not the type of person to play a game that requires effort unlike cod, stop complaining and appreciate the work of art that rockstar has made folks !

HipHopBeats
HipHopBeats

Meh...GTA V single player is dope but as for multiplayer, I'll be moving on to BF4 come Black Friday most likely.

kingtrax
kingtrax

Come on Rockstar!  People are living in the streets!

West123
West123

all i want is a R* social club forum....

blackciti
blackciti

I'm curious to know if R* will add new cities in this game like san Francisco and las vegas? Like what they had in san andreas but more detailed and lively. Also mount rushmore and the grand canyon would be nice. If they did that and added more missions to go along with the added cities then this game would be complete. After finishing it I was longing for more and I started the whole game over. I don't know how they would incorporate the new missions (if they added any) to the game if either mike or trevor died though, but I would still like to see more cities and missions in the future

timoteo2k1
timoteo2k1

Biggest problem with the game at this point IMO is the imbalance in reward between racing and missions. missions take so much longer and are more challenging- yet pay much less. The result is everyone who is not causing chaos is racing instead of missioning which makes it very difficult to find ppl to mission with once your level gets high, i'm pulling 6 and 8 player missions now that actually pay well enough to compete with racing yet can get no one to join.

rockstar set out to make a crime simulator and at this point have built a mediocre racing game, either cut racing rewards in half or double mission payouts.

obsequies
obsequies

as long as I can buy the dlc with the stimulus money I'm happy

wcwj26
wcwj26

Im really enjoying GTAO now the bugs have been ironed out. Looking forward to the DLC. Only thing that needs to change imo is the bad behaviour penalty for destroying personal vehicles, im mean, don't R* know we all love blowing sh*t up!

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

I want to create my own "parachute jobs" particularly one that let's you skydive your way through the whole thing untill you need to land.

The ones they have are not as cool as they could be at all. 


Kme2222
Kme2222

If anyone is concerned about being killed by other players, you know that you can go into a "Closed Crew Session" and you won't have anyone in this session but yourself and whoever is in your crew, right? I barely ever go into a session with other players. So if you don't play the game for that simple fact, then you should do a little more research. I think online is great, I join into missions all the time. Yeah, you will have some idiots from time to time, but how is that different from any other multiplayer game? You will always run into idiots lol this world is filled with them. And if you want to rank up quick, when you are at a low rank, grind out survival matches. It's called adapting to your environment. 

chieflion
chieflion

To the people in the comments

gta online is fun u just have to not be a vagina 

ya people fuck you over but thats the best part, no other online experience have i ever felt the sense of adrenaline i do from gta online, i lost 20 000  to some bitch in a pig mask the day before they changed the money drop rule, and  i thought it was the coolest thing ever. real world greed and crime and everything inbetween, its to much when people complain about things they want to love but ignore for one particular reason, just enjoy what you have. 

Zombrex
Zombrex

It's not entirely Rockstars fault. There aren't many multiplayer games out there that don't have a rocky start. That being said, a lot of the problems that exist are because of the player base. You have a game that's taking its single player world and overlaying it onto an MMO setup. Sadly, it's a free to play MMO setup so every jackwang in the universe has access to it and just like every other FTP game out there, 75% of the player base is unwilling to work together to achieve anything and only want to troll.

I love the online portion. I'm just horribly disappointed that nobody wants to play it like a real game. I can never find people that want to do missions, but instead only want to race or camp areas of the map to kill random people. All that being said, the only thing Rockstar is guilty of is releasing an online presence that honestly didn't exist in any form before. So instead of constantly bashing them for giving us GTA Online, we should be thanking them for experimenting with their formula and giving us a constantly evolving game. Frankly, those of us that are still playing are better off without all these trolls playing anyway.

themc_7
themc_7

GTA online is just finally beginning to be stable, and you're announcing DLC. No thanks R*. I played the Story, and about 10 hours of online and I'm done with it. Off to Battlefield4, Black Flag, and Arkham Origins. 

*Cartman Voice* "Screw you guys, I'm going home"

KillzoneSnake
KillzoneSnake

R should just let it die. Its not good anyway.

informalmrtom
informalmrtom

you should be able to opt out of this "gift"... because quite frankly I don't want it, I want to earn my money, I want to play the game and feel some sense achievement, not skip through it. Any short comings have almost all been rectified and that's good enough for me :)

Sundberg_man
Sundberg_man

Rockstar really screwed up with GTA Online. Calling it a unfinished product is a understatement at this point. The fact that they didn't even have the map creator finished by the time of released even though making commercials about it is just weak from their side.

Hellcanwait
Hellcanwait

Why are we beta testing rockstars shit !!!

A month on and people are still losing their toons.

I'm done with rockstar.

sargentpsgamer
sargentpsgamer

They need people to buy as much pay to win crap as possible before we get this.......

West123
West123

@blackciti you live in a fantasy world...such a massive game world and you want more? lets just say its not going to happen the only HD game world that could be added is GTA IVs liberty city other than that not a chance

chasloyal
chasloyal

@timoteo2k1 Erm double the mission payouts thank you very much, don't start getting all moody about people levelling up quickly and earning good dough via races like 'criminal records' and 'down the drain' eh! 

Rockstar would be well advised to heed my stating the obvious here.............it's being able to raise dollar and level up in good time that has stopped me and plenty of others from exploiting the game with the numerous glitches that have still not been fixed. I have a penthouse flat in Weazel Plaza, have fully pimped up my Khamelion(yes I did buy the collector's edition) n Elegy cars, bought all available weapons, am on level 110 and have nearly 1 million quid, sorry dollars, in the bank. I been racing hard daily for 2 weeks now to get all that so I know when people have a garage full of pimped up Adders, Entitys etc, a tank, a helicopter and god knows what else on a much lower level than me what they been up to, it's obvious. 

Thus I'd like to think Rockstar will penalise them rather than those of us who have earned/are earning/will earn our cash n level legitimately, so wind your neck in and start bleating about something warranted instead of having a dig at those playing WITHIN THE RULES you nit picking big girl's blouse!   

YesSheWill
YesSheWill

@timoteo2k1 Racing is a surprising past time for the GTA Online experience.  Going by time and reward, racing is the best activity you can do.  I disagree with it being mediocre, but the vehicle physics can be highly frustrating.  Vehicular combat racing is mediocre, however.  Overall, GTA Online is getting repetitive faster than I anticipated.  With next-gen around the corner, I got my sights focused elsewhere.

chasloyal
chasloyal

@obsequies I think you'll find this upcoming DLC is free but as regards future DLC who knows? I do know that 500k in game money costs about 6 quid from the PSN store which is much less than what averaged priced substantial DLC packs cost these days. Then add to that you can easily earn 100k an hour in the 'down the drain' race round the aqueduct and your 'hope' of Rockstar charging half a million in game dollars for future DLC packs is up there with believing Elvis is alive n well on the planet Mars, so please don't 'hope' too much eh fella

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@chieflion I agree with you.

However, I refuse to back you up here because you can't even type like an intelligent human.

HipHopBeats
HipHopBeats

@Zombrex Or Rockstar could have expanded more on the single player and released the online as a free beta and a separate download.

Silentme
Silentme

@Zombrex We have a good smaller crew on GTA5 (PSN) and we focus on missions, the harder the better. Prepping for Hiests to come out. Message me if interested. Must have brains, a mic and willing to improve and not be an annoying fool:)

3astSid3
3astSid3

@Zombrex When The new cod garbage gets released half of them will be gone!

dancthorpe
dancthorpe

@Zombrex Yeah man, Even when you do get into a mission you one one idiot racing off with the only available car starting the mission before anyone has a chance to get there, then dying and using up all the team lives. Its mainly boring because people make it boring. The missions are by far the best part of Online and no one ever plays em. As far as i can see.


DriftEJ20
DriftEJ20

@themc_7 You act like the people who stabilize net code are the people who create mission content.

3astSid3
3astSid3

@informalmrtom Rockstar nerfed the money on missions good luck with that , Should take you a year to get 1.5mill

Zombrex
Zombrex

@informalmrtom I'll gladly take it. I can never earn enough money because a.) People are too stupid to complete missions, b.) I rarely win races and c.) Every time I do earn money, I get killed despite having passive mode on.

KemistiOMg
KemistiOMg

@Hellcanwait it's halfway peoples fault since all the glitches and cheats people are using is drawing R* attention there and they're using all the time to fix that so all people would be legit and not looking at the other problems. i'm pretty sure that this is why we're not getting stimulus and dlc yet

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@sargentpsgamer Aside from the fact that you need to reach a specific level to unlock the weapons and mods for them so... no "pay to win crap" here. First learn how micro-transactions work here, then you may criticize.

CROAT_56
CROAT_56

@sargentpsgamer Microtransactions are turned off right now so no one is buying anything with real money....Yet

timoteo2k1
timoteo2k1

@chasloyal @timoteo2k1


well, having played plenty of "criminal Records" i think it's fair to say that that particular race is broken in some incredible fashion... as for the others- you entirely miss the point. Racing is at best a side mission which has nothing to do with the intended core gameplay- yet it boasts the largest by far rewards- and that again is "broken".


mostly though, i'd like to thank chasloyal for having to resort to juvenile insults which is the modern gamers way of declaring "you're right and i have no basis for argument, so i'll insult instead".


i'll take that for the win it is.


"either cut racing rewards in half or double mission payouts."


Reading is fundamental... they do still teach reading in your second class country?

3astSid3
3astSid3

@chasloyal

Rockstar is not and will not do nothing!!!!!The game is broken beyond fixing....

Whiskey3romeo
Whiskey3romeo

@dancthorpe @Zombrex Go to the Rockstar Social Club website and join one of those big crews with hundreds of members.  When you're hosting a mission it sends invites out to all your crewmembers.  Easier to find cooperative players to do the missions with.

themc_7
themc_7

@Whiskey3romeo @themc_7 yes thank you I read the article. I'm saying they've just barely gotten the game stable and they are already adding new shit. It's November on Friday and we still haven't gotten the 500K promised. I've just stopped playing the game, I don't even enjoy myself when I'm online playing. I'm a noob and just get owned by  Level 35 players with Assasult rifles and stuff

3astSid3
3astSid3

@ZombrexWhen you go to the voting screen hit quit and it will spawn you in another lobby : /

3astSid3
3astSid3

@CROAT_56 Don;t matter if there turn off , Rockstar still nerfed the missions and races to make people buy it when it does come out!

chasloyal
chasloyal

@timoteo2k1 Oh my life, you must be oh so easily offended if you call that an insult because I can do a hell of a lot better than that if I so wish. Please don't confuse me for a 'modern' day gaming lickspittle because I'm not......I was bashing away on Ataris and handhelds like Astro Wars more than 30 years ago. I wish I was young enough to be modern but alas I passed the best before date of 25 over 16 years ago so yep that makes me an antique 41!

Seeing you're that desperate to claim the victory you're clearly not as good at reading as you make out because the very FIRST thing I said was double the mission payout ie: agreeing with you on that count!

As for resorting to insulting my country hmmmm I can't be bothered to click on your profile to see where you're from but I assume you're one of Uncle Sam's ickle foot soldiers. The only nation on earth that drones on about being 'Italian American' 'African American' 'oirish American' bla bla bla what a load of bollocks, you're all American! Because your great grandad had a cat from Dublin does not make you oirish American! My dad is Hungarian born n bred and my mum is British born n bred.........if someone has valid reason to claim two nationalities it is me but I don't go around describing myself as Hungarian British. English by birth, British by choice and alas I have to correct you on the "second class country" line because my once great country these days is infested with third world vermin and dregs from scumholes like Somalia, Nigeria, Romania and Albania to name just a few so please change that to third rate.

Thank you for reading hohum

chasloyal
chasloyal

@3astSid3 Well maybe we should all become Muslims, follow the teachings of Sheikh Osama Bin Laden and declare Jihad on Rockstar, what you reckon? You can go first at becoming a martyr by suicide bombing Rockstar North in Edinburgh hohum

3astSid3
3astSid3

@themc_7 Do races and get ranked up and buy the rifles , If you want it you have to earn it : l

Whiskey3romeo
Whiskey3romeo

@themc_7 @Whiskey3romeo If you're getting owned in free roam, avoid free roam until you level up.  In solo or friends only sessions you can find plenty of stuff to do.  Racing and parachuting by yourself wont earn you money, but will earn you RP.  Use the find mission app on your phone to find the missions of your choice with other players.  Racing and Survival are the best ways to level up and make good money.

Zombrex
Zombrex

@themc_7 @Zombrex @Whiskey3romeo I've had issues too, but once I figured out how to avoid the douchebags it got so much better. It also depends on console too, PS3 seems to have the most trolls right now. And nothing will ever be as engaging as Battlfield. :)

themc_7
themc_7

@Zombrex @themc_7 @Whiskey3romeo yeah that's true. I've just had a hard time getting into the MP. I never felt sucked in, like Battlefield, other online multiplayer games

Zombrex
Zombrex

@themc_7 @Whiskey3romeo Suck it up and play man. Your best best is to stick to missions and any multiplayer activities because they keep you out of the main world and away from trolls. 500K isn't going to do you any good anyway if you don't have anything unlocked.