Grand Theft Auto Online has had a rough start. This has been documented quite a bit, but the question looming over the new mode was whether or not players who had ranked up their characters would be able to get them restored. Sorry to burst your bubble, but you won’t. In a post on the Rockstar Newswire, a representative had this to say:
“For those asking about their lost characters or rank, those will not be able to be restored so we sincerely hope that this cash stimulus we’re giving out this month will help you get back on your feet or to make your new life in Los Santos & Blaine extra sweet.”
That stimulus package is $500,000 of the in game currency. You will be required to download title update 1.04, which fixes issues with players losing vehicle purchases. Your stimulus will come in 2 payments of $250,000 so if you get a bit short changed, the second payment will be incoming.