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Fans of Red Dead Online consider the game dead and buried, even holding a funeral for it after Rockstar Games admitted it would no longer release major updates. However, this did not mean that the support has ended yet.
While it’s certainly become less of a priority at the studio (especially with Grand Theft Auto VI in development), Rockstar said in July that it would add some new content and address player complaints with bug fixes and the like. Today, without any announcement, Red Dead Online received a new update to do just that.
There is no mention of the new update on the Red Dead Online website, however Rockstar’s support site indicates what is included. In terms of new content, three new Hardcore Telegram missions have been added, which can be completed alone or with up to four players. They involve stealing supplies and capturing members, including the leader of the Seventh Generation Cult. It is now also possible to start Telegrams from both the player menu and the camp.
Three other Telegrams have been updated to include a new location each, with two Showdown Modes – Hostile Territory and Sport of Kings – each receiving four new locations. However, the main focus of the update is clearly to fix a number of issues that players have been experiencing. For example, several scenarios would cause the game to crash, but the update should fix them.
It’s worth bearing in mind that this isn’t the last hurray for Red Dead Online either. In July, Rockstar said that there will be more updates to the game even after the summer. They probably won’t be frequent, but players can expect further minor content additions and fixes until Rockstar definitively ends support for it.
Still, the future of the Red Dead franchise is pretty vague. There is no indication that a new game is in development, and a remaster of the first game was reportedly shelved. Given that Rockstar’s main priority now is Grand Theft Auto VI, we probably shouldn’t expect to hear anything significant about the Red Dead franchise for a very long time.