The Cowboy Red Dead Redemption 2 saga is a huge hit for publisher Take-Two and developer Rockstar. But the online branch, Red Dead Online, has to be developed further. But there have been no more updates since 2021: Since January 2022, fans have wanted to use the hashtag #SaveRedDeadOnline to force a statement about the future of the MMO. It came and gave hope for a moment, but the bubble quickly burst.
This is the situation:
- Red Dead Redemption 2 has sold very well. It was a huge hit on PS4 and Xbox One in 2018, hitting PC in 2019. Take-Two is said to have sold over 44 million units of the cowboy saga.
- Red Dead Redemption 2 will not be further developed with DLC, but after the campaign is over. However, the online mode, Red Dead Online, should receive updates and be expanded over the years. Just like GTA 5 has not evolved, but GTA Online has.
- But Red Dead Online wasn’t under a good star from the start: there were few updates and the game had many problems. There hasn’t been a major update since July 2021 – the last DLC was “Blood Money”: it introduced new gear and raids.
It’s been almost a year since the last Red Dead downloadable content was online:
This was a fan’s idea: Despite being poorly updated, Red Dead Online is still a nice game as it is based on Red Dead Redemption 2 and has insanely high production values. On Metacritic, Red Dead Redemption 2 has an amazing 97% (PS4, Xbox One). It is considered a milestone in gaming in terms of graphics and atmosphere.
There are several thousand people who love to spend their time in the wilderness, horse riding and adventures. Especially in times of the Corona crisis, many have used Red Dead Online as a destination to escape from the gray reality. Because when you wear a mask in Red Dead Online, something exciting happens next, like a bank robbery, when you actually wear a mask that rarely happens afterwards.
Since January 2022, fans have been pressing Rockstar with the #SaveRedDeadOnline campaign via Twitter and Reddit to demand new content.
Gamers want to save Red Dead Online after the first update failed really in 2022
CEO says: Take-Two continues to support Red Dead Online
Here’s what the CEO says: In an interview with IGN, Take-Two president, Strauss Zelnick, was asked about the campaign. He said:
“Rockstar Games are talking about upcoming updates and we are working on a lot of things at Rockstar Games. I heard the frustration and they give me credit for wanting more content. Rockstar will announce everything else in due course.”
When asked if Take-Two plans to continue supporting Red Dead Online, they said it’s still the plan.
How do you read that? This can be read as “Updates are in progress and something else is coming”. This was reason enough to hope that the new updates for Red Dead Redemption 2 would really appear.
The CEO just said that servers stay online
This was the cold shower: After the interview was published, the restriction came a few hours later: Take-Two said the commitment to continue supporting Red Dead Online “refers only to the online server.” The updates will be purely Rockstar’s business.
This is the reaction: On Twitter, Red Dead Online fans were optimistic and then disappointed.
It looks like Red Dead Online will go into “maintenance mode”. This means that the servers will remain online, but no new relevant content will appear.
It looks like Rockstar is switching over to GTA 6 completely:
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