I was playing GTA and decided to grab a quick smoke (another reason to quit. Public service announcement: Smoking will get your character deleted). So I switched over to single player to keep people from killing me. I come back and get the message "Cloud servers are unavailable at this time". Ok no prob. I'll wait. Cloud servers come back up and I try to go online to see my Level 37 is gone. I checked the social club and all it shows is total cash earned/spent.
So boohoo it happened. I knew the issues and the risk when I decided to play online and I knew it could happen. It did and now here I am joining a forum to discuss it.
My story isn't what I want to discuss though. I want to talk about what you think rockstar will do about it.
The best case scenario is that our characters are just lost in the cloud and rockstar will figure out how to restore them with no problems. Maybe I'm being pessimistic, but I doubt that's the case. No I think Frank (my characters name) and the rest of the sad souls lost in the void of R*'s inadequacies are gone forever.
Assuming that that's true and our characters are gone, R* could take action by boosting another one of our characters up to the level of the lost one. Our cash earned star is still there. Some egghead could figure out what the average RP level per amount of cash earned is and manually level up new characters based on that. Then just give us our cash earned and for the most part problem solved. Not everyone would get their exact level back but you would be close enough. Sure you would have to replay all your missions and your stats would be gone, not to mention manually boosting god knows how many characters would be no small task for R* but it's better than the alternative.
Possibility three is that R* says "lol you want your cash back? Pay for it with microtransactions and level back up noob". (I'm sure R* isn't actually thinking that) Basically R* ignoring the people that already lost their characters and leaving us to redo our progress. This is the easiest for them but I think would be more costly for them in the end with the bad publicity. (I think this is most likely what's going to happen)
So that's my take. If anyone has any better ideas or even has info on what R* plans to do post away.
Edited by Luftwaffle, 06 October 2013 - 06:21 PM.