Why are Rockstar fans pushing the #SaveRedDeadOnline hashtag?

Rockstar’s open world cowboy video game Red Dead Online trended throughout last weekend and into today, however not for the factors the publisher may want. Gamers are working to make a hashtag viral in an effort to require some responses about its ongoing advancement. #SaveRedDeadOnline is presently a hot subject on Twitter, and long-time fans are advocating some sort of upgrade from Rockstar — or a minimum of a description regarding what’s going on.

Red Dead Online is an add-on to Red Dead Redemption 2, however just like Grand Theft Car Online, it was spun off into its own standalone item. The fan pushback originates from the absence of current material updates: Rockstar launched the Blood Cash upgrade on July 13, 2020, an underwhelming addition after another long stretch of silence, and there hasn’t been a word ever since. While private updates may be great, the total absence of them implies fans stay annoyed. When Rockstar lastly did put out a statement on Jan. 6, it was a frustrating one that concentrated on experience points and in-game money perks. In the resulting disappointment, the #SaveRedDeadOnline hashtag was born.

I’ve invested a reasonable quantity of time on the frontier, splitting a hundred hours of playing both alone and in a posse. My cowboy is an accomplished fugitive hunter and trader, with a totally updated moonshine shack. I’ve provided wagons loaded with pelts, shot down ratings of ne’er-do-well outlaws, and made a range of quite cosmetics. I’ve moseyed a time or more, you might state. However Red Dead Online has actually fallen entirely out of my rotation due to the absence of updates; it’s tough to rustle up good friends when there isn’t a timely to motivate you to do so. While there are daily challenges and regular discounts, the meat of the game itself is mostly untouched.

Hence, fans are taking to social media to try to show that there is a base of customers who want more Red Dead. While the Western setting lacks the wild, modern day concepts of Grand Theft Auto Online, there’s still plenty of potential for new professions, missions, campaigns, or crimes to pull off. There’s still a lot that fans think is worth “saving.”

This isn’t Red Dead’s first rodeo with fan outrage. In July 2020, Red Dead fans dressed up like clowns as an in-game protest against Rockstar. The game has actually never received the attention — or attained the success — of sister video game Grand Theft Car Online. Even with that in mind, the long stretch of silence has been disheartening for fans.

Part of the hope behind the #SaveRedDeadOnline hashtag is that it will spur some kind of response from Rockstar, who have remained tight-lipped about the Red Dead Online content schedule. While there isn’t a response yet, the hashtag and its popularity prove that the video game still has actually a fanbase who is still awaiting and wishing for a Hail Mary upgrade.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.