Red Dead Online’s final main replace was launched precisely a 12 months in the past immediately, and since then the sport has lingered like a zombie because the group regularly misplaced hope that extra content material was coming. Before the anniversary, some gamers started planning an online funeral for Red Dead Online. And then final week, Rockstar Games formally confirmed that the sport was (principally) lifeless. Luckily, followers had already deliberate the funeral.
The final huge replace for Red Dead Online, Blood Money, was launched on July 13, 2021. The replace wasn’t a fan favourite, nevertheless it did add new crimes and large-scale robberies to the sport, which helped give extra criminally-inclined gamers some new issues to do. It additionally appeared to mark a return to a extra common replace schedule for the sport, because it was launched simply seven months after the final main replace, which itself was launched about 5 months earlier. But now, a 12 months later, it’s clear Blood Money wasn’t the start of a new era for the game, however the finish of it.
Following a number of weeks of on-line planning and viral social media posts, gamers have jumped again into Red Dead Online to say goodbye to what could have been. Many are visiting the graveyards and cemeteries dotted around the large map, taking photos, having a drink or two, and meeting up with other players to mourn.
“Today is the day the group is paying its respects to a sport that many people love, and need had gotten extra love from Rockstar,” said RDO player Dirty Tyler on Twitter. “So login immediately, and have a number of beers at both Valentine or Blackwater Graveyard.”
Others shared related messages, typically with images or movies of themselves saying goodbye close to a tombstone. I’ve additionally noticed on-line funeral marches in direction of varied places and gamers sharing a drink in actual life with their on-line avatars.
“What an awesome group, what an awesome sport, what a good time,” tweeted SubjectᐰZeta
The tone of those posts and meet-ups is even much less hopeful than I initially anticipated because of Rockstar putting the final nail in the game’s coffin last week when it confirmed, after months and months of player frustration, that it had moved sources to GTA 6 and had no extra main updates deliberate for RDO. As talked about earlier, immediately’s digital funeral was already within the works, however now, it appears sadly good. A uncommon occasion of Rockstar and RDO gamers agreeing.
While Red Dead Redemption II’s on-line mode by no means grew to be as common as its Grand Theft Auto Online counterpart, it had a devoted and passionate participant base who would spend hours and hours within the sport’s extremely detailed open world map, searching animals, taking over bounties, and driving horses throughout fields and swamps. It was a slower sport in comparison with GTA Online, however for a lot of, this was most popular. Folks would typically create characters with backstories and roleplay in RDO’s digital world, and it typically felt like this was all a part of Rockstar’s design, maybe an instance of the writer taking discover of all of the GTA Online roleplaying that happens on Twitch.
Sure, the sport will nonetheless technically be round and can stay playable and on-line for the foreseeable future. It can even nonetheless get occasional tiny updates to fight exploits or replace in-game shops. But it’s going to seemingly by no means get any new participant roles, bounty hunter missions, season passes, weapons, or horses. For an internet sport in 2022, that makes it pretty much as good as lifeless in most gamers’ eyes.
As for what’s subsequent for Rockstar, the longer term is crammed with Grand Theft Auto. The writer confirmed it had extra updates coming for GTA Online, together with some long-awaited options like the power to finish promote missions in personal lobbies. It additionally confirmed it continues to develop the subsequent sport within the GTA collection, likely to be Grand Theft Auto 6.
And whereas many thousands and thousands of gamers will likely be excited to play the subsequent GTA, it’s additionally seemingly some Red Dead gamers will see it not as the subsequent huge Rockstar title, however as the sport that killed their beloved RDO.