Red Dead Online major content support is ending and Rockstar Games blames GTA 6. Confirming fears of loyal RDO fans.
Last week, Red Dead Online fans announced that they will host an in-game funeral for the online western game, in protest of Rockstar Games’ lack of content support.
However, whether it was in response or a timely coincidence, at around the same time as plans to host an in-game funeral, Rockstar Games revealed that major content support for Red Dead Online is coming to an end.
RDO never stood a chance
This is in contrast to the consistant and major support that GTA Online has received since it initially launched in 2013. Whereas Red Dead Online has a more short-lived existence, released in 2018 bundled with Red Dead Redemption 2.
“We would also like to thank the Red Dead Online community for their continued support and dedication,” said Rockstar Games in a press release.
“Over the past few years, we have been steadily moving more development resources towards the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series — understanding more than ever the need to exceed players’ expectations and for this next entry to be the best it can possibly be — and as a result, we are in the process of making some changes to how we support Red Dead Online.”
Rockstar Games went on to say that it will: “continue to showcase these unique additions through Red Dead Online’s monthly events as we move forward, so players of all levels can enjoy everything the vast frontier has to offer.“
RDO launched as a standalone in Dec’ 2020
“Alongside seasonal special events and experience improvements — plus other changes to enhance and maintain a healthy Red Dead Online environment — we plan to build upon existing modes and add new Telegram Missions this year.“
“Rather than delivering major themed content updates like in previous years, we will continue to highlight and share the creative efforts of our Red Dead community at every opportunity via the Newswire and beyond.”
GTA Online is the golden child
Sure, Rockstar Games will continue to support RDO to an extent, but by the sounds of it, that support will be bare bones with rehashed events. Unlike GTA Online, where it continues to benefit from expansion-like support.
We know that it was always unlikely that RDO would compete with the goliath that is GTA Online, however, this online western never stood a fighting chance. I firmly believe that if Rockstar Games had even given Red Dead Online half of the major content support that GTA Online has had, it would have had much more success.
“Once again, we want to thank the community for their continued support. We are truly grateful for all the constructive feedback we’ve received up to this point and hope you keep it coming,” concluded Rockstar.
“This direct feedback from players has been instrumental to the ongoing success of both GTA Online and Red Dead Online — and an integral element of what helps us continue to evolve and improve as we push ahead towards the future.”
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