The Death (and Funeral) of Red Dead Online

The Death (and Funeral) of Red Dead Online

Red Dead Online, the online multiplayer add-on for Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2, is all but dead now.

Rockstar recently confirmed that owing to the increased focus on developing Grand Theft Auto 6, support and features for RDO have, effectively, come to an end;

“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. And we will continue to highlight and share the creative efforts of our Red Dead community at every opportunity via the Newswire and beyond”.

Truth is, Rockstar has not updated RDO in over a year.

Which is something the RDO community is acutely aware of.

In fact, in honour of RDO‘s “death”, the community held a “funeral” for the game on the 13th of July.

In a self-orchestrated game-wide event, players were asked to don their best garbs (especially in black) and visit the various graveyards in-game to mourn the game’s demise.

A quick scan of Twitter (searching “#SaveRedDeadOnline”, “RedDeadFuneral”) yields numerous posts celebrating the event.

Whilst the RDO community notes it will keep playing the game until Rockstar closes the servers, there’s no telling when that would occur.

Rockstar has publicly noted it is moving forward on the development of GTA 6.