Rockstar tried to strike lightning twice with Red Dead Online, Red Dead Redemption 2’s online multiplayer mode, which they hoped would be the kind of insane cash generator they’ve seen from GTA Online since the release of GTA 5.
It didn’t quite go to plan, and for years now it’s been a constant back and forth between fans wanting bigger updates and Rockstar not giving them very often. But now the battles are over and Red Dead has lost to Grand Theft Auto. Grand Theft Auto 6, specifically.
Rockstar has announced that major new content development will effectively cease on Red Dead Online, and instead those resources will be channeled into the development of GTA 6. According to their official statement:
“Over the past few years, we have steadily moved more development resources towards the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series – understanding more than ever the need to exceed player expectations and to ensure that this next entry is the best it can be. – and as a result, we are making changes to how we support Red Dead Online.
These changes ? They will “improve” things that already exist in the game, but will not add anything new of significance. They don’t advertise that the mode is dead, and they try to make it look like it isn’t, but that’s not how the fan base takes it. Here’s a comment from the r/RedDeadOnline subreddit that seems to capture many fans’ feelings about both this novelty, but how the game has been supported over the past few years:
“It’s legitimately devastating. Rockstar never gave this game a chance. They pulled all the resources to work on gta 6 but still managed to continually support gtao. This community didn’t ask for much and instead of even trying to give us the things we asked for, they took our outlaw passes. Then they took our weekly bonuses. This game has had such a dedicated fanbase and Rockstar never even tried to realize the game’s potential.”
In terms of dollars and cents, what happened here is pretty easy to explain. Red Dead Online never became the cash cow of GTA Online, so Rockstar invested less in it. This in turn led to less satisfied players spending even less. The cycle continued until we got here, where the game will exist on life support in favor of the next big cash generator, GTA 6, which will almost certainly end up being one of the best-selling games in the game. history, given truly unprecedented performance. of GTA 5 over three generations now.
This news also joins recent rumors that after the botched remaster of GTA Trilogy, Rockstar ditched its plans to remaster Red Dead Redemption and GTA IV in favor of again, putting those assets to GTA 6 instead.
We still don’t have a release date for GTA 6, a game that has been continually pushed back due to GTA 5’s continued and absurd level of success since its release in 2013, and when all is said and done yes it seems like there will be over a decade between sequels. More soon.
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