Rockstar Games has given another report on the development of Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Online, in the process revealing that no significant content updates will be coming to the last option, with the studio currently dedicating a lot of its focus to GTA 6. Following quite a while of speculation, Rockstar formally affirmed that development on GTA 6 was moving ahead before in 2022. No substantial details surrounding the undertaking have been shared by the studio so far, despite the fact that including Vice City as a possible location is rumored.
The multiplayer part for Red Dead Redemption 2, Red Dead Online was released in beta in 2018 and immediately set itself separated from its Grand Theft Auto sibling, GTA Online, thanks to its emphasis on slower-paced ongoing interaction and pretend. Albeit slow to begin with, Rockstar sloped up updates for Red Dead Online in 2019 and 2020, introducing Frontier Pursuits, which permitted players to take on new roles as abundance hunters, collectors, or traders. New clothing items, weapons, and horses followed, yet nothing on the scale seen in GTA Online. Updates in the years following Frontier Pursuits became less continuous and were met with a blended response from players, in the long run culminating in some Red Dead Online players dressing up as clowns in-game in protest.
All the more as of late, to stamp almost a time of no updates for the game, RDO players have also made arrangements for in-game funerals, with many previously convinced before Rockstar’s most ongoing post that the game was dead.
Another post on the Rockstar Games newswire has affirmed that “no major themed content updates” will be coming to Red Dead Online, with the studio currently devoting a greater amount of its regard for Grand Theft Auto 6. The post outlines that while some more content will come to RDO in the type of new Telegram Missions and changes to certain multiplayer modes, the days of significant updates in accordance with Frontier Pursuits, Moonshiners, or Blood Money are at an end. Rockstar has ascribed the absence of new updates for Red Dead Online to its development of the “following section in the Grand Theft Auto series”, stating that it must “surpass players’ expectations” and “be the best it might possibly be”. Despite this, the news post also outlines that more updates will be coming to GTA Online, with Red Dead seemingly bearing the brunt of GTA 6’s development.
The following installment in Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto series is long awaited, with conflicting reports over how long it has been in development. Come one year from now, it will have been 10 years since the release of Grand Theft Auto 5, which would check the longest hole between installments in the series yet. As Rockstar has continued to focus on GTA Online and various re-releases of GTA 5, some fans have taken their frustration over the absence of updates regarding GTA 6 to social media. However, with Red Dead Online now winding down, maybe Rockstar will continue to refresh GTA Online even as development on GTA 6 ramps up.
Affirmation that Red Dead Online will never again be receiving significant updates comes all at once of extraordinary frustration for the game’s local area, with the last significant update, Call to Arms, having shown up in August 2021. Despite the fact that it has seen several generally welcomed updates that have urged players to take on a more immersive, roleplaying style of play – basically when compared to GTA Online – the ongoing version of the title falls short of the grandiose ideas Rockstar teased in a 2019 interview with VG247, which discussed the prospect of Red Dead Online’s abundance hunters transitioning into lawmen, and traders one day being ready to possess property and grow their businesses. Red Dead Online in its ongoing structure is still a compelling title, yet it’s suffered from an absence of support and correspondence from Rockstar, which, despite its success, has shown it has struggled to deal with a live service. With no further updates to come, it feels like RDR2’s multiplayer is being given an unceremonious execution, rather than the slow ride into the sunset it deserved.