Rockstar Games has confirmed that Red Dead Online is undergoing some changes at the moment, which ultimately means support will be slowing down slightly, with the reasoning being that GTA 6 needs more development resources.
In a blog post, Rockstar explained that moving dev resources to the next GTA has been a steady process over the past few years, as the company fully understands just how important its success will prove:
"Over the past few years, we have been steadily moving more development resources towards the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series — understanding more than ever the need to exceed players’ expectations and for this next entry to be the best it can possibly be — and as a result, we are in the process of making some changes to how we support Red Dead Online."
This means that "major themed content updates" are going away entirely in Red Dead Online, with plans instead to "build upon existing modes and add new Telegram Missions". The game will also continue to showcase various activities through monthly events in the future, but that sounds about it.
GTA 5, meanwhile, will continue to get various updates as well, but again it sounds like things are slowing down in terms of major additions. In a few weeks, a new update will "expand upon the Criminal Careers of Executive, Biker, Gunrunner, and Nightclub Owner — alongside a set of Contact Missions", but otherwise it sounds like updates based on player feedback, increased GTA$ payouts, and special seasonal events are the focus moving forward.
All of this makes sense on paper, but it's obviously not great news if you're a fan of Red Dead Online. Here's hoping the extra development resources ensure GTA 6 lives up to the hype when it eventually arrives on Xbox Series X|S.
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