Rockstar Games has changed its plans and decided to continue to give out Christmas gifts in Grand Theft Auto Online at least a day after Christmas, since so many players were unable to grab them on the 25th.
Due to issues with PSN & XBL connectivity, we're extending the GTA Online Festive Surprise Christmas Day inventory gifts for the time being.
— Rockstar Support (@RockstarSupport) December 26, 2014
The studio just announced this on Twitter following a day full of questions (including from us) about whether players would get another chance to claim the gifts since many gamers couldn't connect their Xboxes and PlayStations yesterday.
Both Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network, which are needed to play GTA Online on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PS4, were knocked offline for much of Christmas due, it seems, to denial of service attacks. (Xbox Live is back; PSN has been back on PS3 but still out for PS4.)
It's unclear when Rockstar will stop doling out the gifts, so anyone who wants them should sign into the game sooner than later. The Christmas gifts automatically show up in players' inventories when they log into GTA Online. I just checked and found that I'd been gifted the red stocking mask pictured above. I also got a fireworks launcher and some other items. This video breaks down everything you get:
While Rockstar has extended their gift-giving, they haven't extended the game's snowfall. The studio made it snow in GTA Online for a couple of days this week to celebrate the season. Sadly, it's not snowing in the game any longer. We've asked if they will bring that back and will let you know what they say.