It might have seemed too good to be true when Rockstar announced the details of that $500,000 stimulus package for Grand Theft Auto V. The money's real - in-game, at least - but the timeframe? That was a little ambitious. The studio's now confirmed that while you will still be paid, it won't happen for a while yet.
To put it another way: You won't get your in-game payout until the majority of Grand Theft Auto Online bugs have been squished, and that could be a while off.
As others have mentioned here, we of course want to make sure player progress loss issues are addressed before providing everyone with their GTA$500K. Thanks for your patience and please stay tuned.
Rockstar has also announced via Newswire update that it is "continuing to regularly balance the dynamic in-game economy", and is working hard to close loopholes that ill-meaning gamers are using to grind cash or RP. The balancing efforts work in the other direction, too, including a reduction in the penalties for dying.
All of this is done to keep things as fair and as fun as possible - please remember that we are looking at not only player data in our ongoing tuning process decision-making but also at your direct input, so if you have any feedback about the in-game economy or any other aspects of the game, please direct it to GTAOnline@rockstargames.com as we are actively looking at all player feedback sent to that address.
The studio thanks you "for your understanding and patience", and promises more news later this week on such GTAV-relevant topics as the Stimulus package, the Beach Bum Pack, Content Creator and in-game Heists.
Jimmy the Geek