The team that could do no wrong, can suddenly do no right! Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto Online could actually be undoing some of the amazing work of GTA V!? After a stultifyingly fantastic GTA V launch back in September, the GTA Online launch seems to have brought the gaming giant nothing but headaches! It was announced today that after the latest bungle in the GTA Online universe, namely the deleting of thousands of players characters, Rockstar would offer up $500 000 in-game cash incentive to returning players!
The problem is, despite the generous offer (that technically costs them nothing), a fair percentage of gamers have already been switched off the online component of the front-runner to ‘game of the year’. And it isn’t a lack of cash that’s done it! The seemingly perpetually broken GTA Online has disappointed a huge number of gamers right from the start, with its bugs, delays and freezes. It’s taken a while to stabilise the servers and give people the ‘intended experience’ – but those who have been waiting since the October 1st launch date seem to be divided on opinion of whether or not it was worth the wait?
The experience, once you DO get online, has apparently been amazing for some, but dull for others. Playlists offering laugh a minute shoot outs and co-op hold ups galore… for those in camp A. Camp B however, suffered through the delays only to get a sparsely populated Los Santos, with only people who want to crash into you and steal the $1500 you just earned for company. The deletion of their character could well be the final straw?
Though the half million incentive to return is an interesting prospect, it may well fall short in its attempts to entice players back to the streets of San Andreas. The $500 000 ‘reward’ for deleting your character is a nice idea, but I can’t escape the feeling that GTA Online’s controversies have already polarised gamers to the point where it has created the die-hard fans that would have played on regardless- and already lost others to the point that no financial reward will make any difference!
Also, there is the fact that while some gamers will have pushed their level and funds well beyond the half million mark and still feel like they’ve taken a huge step backwards, a slew of people who have barely scraped past the level 4 rank will now get handed the same, cool half million for doing nothing? Essentially offering the biggest reward to those who were less interested in the game in the first place!
Despite their best efforts to ‘do the right thing’ by gamers, Rockstar will have their work cut out to nullify the negative press GTA Online has thrown their way.
No-one could have touched the amazing things that GTA V achieved, no-one it seems, but Rockstar themselves.