Rockstar's cross-promotion for Red Dead Redemption 2 through GTA V continues with not just exclusive items, but also GTA Online cash. Normally it would be a nice bonus for players in GTA V, except they are not eligible without a preorder.
GTA Online's weekly update went live recently and included cash and hatchet bonuses for those who preordered Red Dead Redemption 2. The promotion will continue until 15 October, so players that feel like jumping into a preorder honeypot trap might do so for another week from the time of writing.
Provided a fan threw money at Rockstar without having played a demo, they will be able to log into GTA Online and snatch $1.000.000 just like that. The cash will come to players' Maze Bank accounts, and they will be able to withdraw it on 22 October 2018, presumably.
Stone Hatchet and Double Action Revolver challenges have been around for a while now, as they were the promotions to hit GTA Online before the hard, cold cash, but they will also award double their usual rewards. The cash reward bonus will be retroactive, so players who already completed the challenges will be eligible for $250.000 bonus this week, while those who complete the challenges now will get the same reward, with another equal batch coming in next week.
While Rockstar's games are similar in essence, there is still a big difference between Red Dead Redemption and GTA series in both the setting and nuances. On top of that, Red Dead Redemption 2 will be a console exclusive, at least for a while, so it's possible that some GTA Online players will not actually purchase Red Dead Redemption 2 which will leave them at a bit of a disadvantage.
While $1 million deficit is not the end of the end of the world in GTA Online, it's yet another issue that the players have been presented with over the years, as cheaters went on unchecked for a long while. This doesn't exactly speak well about Rockstar's customer support and makes you wonder what it will be like when Red Dead Redemption 2's online component comes along. At least it will be cheater-free on consoles.