Developer Rockstar still has plenty of supernatural ideas for its Red Dead Online, which may yet appear in future events and online modes.
Red Dead Online could get more supernatural events like Dead of Night in future updates. Rockstar’s cowboy epic Red Dead Redemption series may be over 10 years old, but that hasn’t stopped the studio from lavishing it with the love and attention it usually saves for its primary cash cow, Grand Theft Auto. The two sandbox titles have earned their place in gaming history for their vast, detailed open worlds, depth of gameplay, and constant flow of new content to broaden player experience. And while Red Dead Redemption is a little more down-to-earth than its bombastic car-based counterpart, Rockstar still have plenty of ideas to bring to the Wild West via Red Dead Online.
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Red Dead Redemption 2 was released in 2018, eight years after its wildly successful predecessor, set in the sunset years of the Wild West. Nearly a decade of player anticipation meant that the title was the second most successful game release of all time, and earned its prestige with high critical marks for its story, depth, and detail. The game’s online component, Red Dead Online, was released in 2019, and while it started off on much rockier footing, weekly updates and expanded content have smoothed over its initial critical response. It continues to thrive thanks to its in-depth character class system and freedom of expression and movement within a vast, open world. Although consoles have moved into the next generation since Red Dead Online’s release, Rockstar still faithfully supports the game, and has no plans to stop.
This year’s Halloween event, Dead of Night, may have set the tone for future events and game modes by introducing some of the development team’s supernatural ideas. While Red Dead Redemption is meant to be more grounded than Grand Theft Auto, supernatural elements makes quite a bit more sense in a world inspired by the old West, and players have responded positively to its inclusion in the game. Tarek Hamad, director of design production at Rockstar North, elaborates on this in an interview with GamesRadar+:
“Halloween is always a good opportunity for us to explore some of our more supernatural ideas for Red Dead Online. Red Dead Redemption 2 already had its share of mysterious, esoteric phenomena hidden throughout the world, so we want to echo that where we can in Online, but in a way that makes sense. Themed events allow us to do that and the community has responded really well to them.”
While hopefully this doesn’t mean that players will have to wait until next Halloween for more spooky content, it does mean that they can look forward to more unearthly goodies appearing in future events, and it would benefit Rockstar immeasurably to make that happen. After all, it’s already been established that players love hunting down rumors and possible Easter eggs in game, and what better place than the Wild West for, say, Bigfoot to show up?
This is all obviously still conjecture, albeit well-founded, and nothing concrete is in the works yet, or that can be confirmed. But what is for certain is that the development team at Rockstar still has a cache of potential events and content for Red Dead Online, and that the sun hasn’t quite set on the Wild West.
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