Was your GTA Online character deleted during the Great Server Catastrophe of 2013? The good news is, you get a free $500,000. The bad news: you probably won't get your old character back.

Although Rockstar has released a patch for GTA V's multiplayer service that seems to have fixed things, a representative for the company tells me that deleted characters are deleted for good.

"So it appears lost characters are indeed lost," a Rockstar rep said. "However hopefully today’s announcement of the stimulus package will offset that a little though."

I'd asked because a couple of readers were wondering if they had any shot at getting their old characters back. Sadly, the answer seems to be no. Of course, Rockstar did warn us from the beginning that things would be rocky, and they've been remarkably candid and transparent this whole time.