Rockstar Games released a new patch for Grand Theft Auto Online for the PS3 and Xbox 360 on Wednesday that seemingly puts an end to players farming missions for cash and reputation points in the GTA V multiplayer mode.
The single most exploited mission since the launch of GTA Online has been the Violent Duct mission. The payout for it has now been dropped from $9,000 to $3,000 with the 1.03 patch according to various user reports. Additionally, missions obtained from contacts such as Gerald cannot be replayed at all now.
Rockstar previously disabled the the 'Replay' button with the 1.02 patch but players were still able to force a replay by pressing the R2/RT button on the PS3 and Xbox 360. The 1.03 patch has removed this.
For those wondering where to go to earn the best combination of money and RP, go check out the survival missions.
It is currently unknown what else has changed with the patch as Rockstar has not released a changelog. The deletion of characters has grown into a major issue for GTA Online in part because of the instability of Rockstar's servers.
Update: The patch does address "character deletion and other loss of game progress," according to a post by Rockstar buried in a comment section on its website, but full details will be released today.
Update 2: Details of the patch can be found here. The Xbox 360 will receive the patch "soon" according to Rockstar Games.
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To prevent the loss of characters, Rockstar says, "If you receive the message 'The Rockstar Cloud Servers Are Unavailable', please return to GTAV Story Mode and follow the steps above. Please do not press 'Retry' on the message and do not proceed online with saving disabled, as this may lead to overwriting your existing character."
If you have lost your character, do not create a new one in the same slot, "back out to GTAV Story Mode and try re-entering GTA Online through the pause menu (repeat or wait until Rockstar cloud servers are back up)," Rockstar wrote on its support site. "Do not create a new character in the empty slot where your character should be."
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Edit: Updated the title of the article to reflect the news that the patch does address character deletion.