The streets of Grand Theft Auto Online have already proven to be a dangerous place to be, but now Rockstar Games fans logging online have another fear to add to the list: they might have millions of in-game dollars stolen from them and be labelled a "bad sport" by the game's own fair play system. A recent Grand Theft Auto Online exploit on PC and last generation consoles allows script-using gamers to rank themselves or others up instantaneously, and steal limitless amounts of hard-earned cash from those who earned the money legitimately.
Rockstar Games is aware of the issue, and has set up a support page for those effected by the new mod's rampant abuse, but for the time being there's nary a real fix in sight. Many gamers are vowing to stay offline until the issue gets sorted out, and it's easy to see why, as gamers can lose billions of dollars in a heartbeat, and all of that instant leveling could lead to legitimate gamers potentially being banned by Rockstar Games if it looks like they leveled themselves up.
Take a look at the video below, which shows one gamer simultaneously ranking up to the maximum level cap and then dolling out all his cash to exploiters:
On occasion, Rockstar Games has managed to come up with some pretty hilarious fixes for those who exploit glitches, but in the case of the latest exploit, it's likely that full bans will be doled out. Grand Theft Auto Online plays host to a digital economy which has made Rockstar Games over a half a billion dollars since launch, so one can imagine that the studio will respond with haste to anything that could upset this economy and drive away gamers en masse.
Some videos posted online for various mod menus show that along with being able to increase player rankings and steal money, many users are able to grant themselves additional things. For instance, they're able to gain invincibility, the ability to teleport, and even the option to kick other others from the game.
It will be interesting to see how Rockstar Games handles the situation, as many legitimate gamers may now have levels that would raise an eyebrow, making it difficult to see who was truly using exploits. In any event, Red Dead Redemption 2 may only be a few months away, but it looks like Grand Theft Auto Online is truly the wild west.
Will you be avoiding the streets of Los Santos while this gets sorted out, Ranters?
Grand Theft Auto 5 is available now on PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.