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GTA Online patch and stimulus package now expected next week

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The Grand Theft Auto Online woes continue for Rockstar Games — the company now expects to provide the first portion of promised in-game currency to players next week, after patching the game.

Earlier this week, Rockstar said it was still working on problems with players losing progress in GTA Online. An update posted to the Rockstar Newswire today reads, "Currently, we expect the next title update (1.05) addressing player progress loss issues to be available sometime early next week."

Rockstar previously said it wouldn't begin to deliver the promised "stimulus package" of 500,000 GTA$ — a make-good for severe issues players were experiencing during the first few weeks after GTA Online's launch — until after it could confirm that the patch did indeed address the progress problems. The company now hopes to release the first portion of the stimulus package "before the end of next week."

Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of Rockstar Games, announced earlier this week that it has shipped approximately 29 million copies of Grand Theft Auto 5.