We hope that you didn’t grow too attached to any Grand Theft Auto Online characters that may have got lost during the multiplayer mode’s tempestuous teething period, because they’re gone forever. Rockstar Games revealed earlier today that it won’t be possible to restore any missing protagonists or ranks – ever.

“For those asking about their lost characters or rank, those will not be able to be restored,” the company revealed on its website. “We sincerely hope that the cash stimulus that we're giving out this month will help you to get back on your feet or to make your new life in Los Santos and Blaine County extra sweet.”

Ah yes, the cash stimulus. Late last week, the publisher revealed that anyone that plays – or, indeed, has played – Grand Theft Auto Online during October will net $500,000 in-game funds in order to make up for the title’s woeful launch. The money will be deposited in two waves, with the first payment set to arrive by the end of the week. Is that ample compensation, though? Flash your (free) cash in the comments section below.

[via rockstargames.com, eurogamer.net]