RedDeadFuneral Trends As Players Say Goodbye to Red Dead Online

The past few weeks have not been kind to Red Dead Redemption 2 fans, especially those who still play Red Dead Online. Many fans were angry with the July 2022 update, as they had been months before, while Rockstar kept quiet about the lack of concrete content for Red Dead Online. Now the company has released a blog detailing its plans for the online game.

Basically, Rockstar plans to slow down on Red Dead Online as it shifts its focus to Grand Theft Auto 6 as it understands expectations for the latter. Red Dead Online will still get “autopilot” content, but no major theme updates or content expansions. Rockstar has essentially confirmed that Red Dead Online is going into life support mode, which it essentially already was, but it’s good to hear it coming from the horse’s mouth.

As a result, many Red Dead Online players had started planning their “funeral” in recent days and decided to make their decision today, July 13. This has led to RedDeadFuneral trending on Twitter as players make plans for the day. Today’s date was ostensibly chosen because it marks the one-year anniversary of the Blood Money Update for Red Dead Online, and it looks like players will be honoring the game in a variety of ways.

As can be seen from the many tweets about it, some players are going for one last time in Red Dead Online. Others encourage players to have a few beers at Valentine or Blackwater Graveyard, while many simply visit the latter to honor the memory of Red Dead Online. Some are just posting on social media, while others are planning to play right one last time.

Indeed, it appears that the community has chosen this day as a last hurray for Red Dead Online before moving on with the game. What should be clear is that Red Dead Online isn’t being taken down by Rockstar, but with nothing concrete planned for the future, there won’t be anything new for players to do. It’s hard to imagine how this would affect Red Dead Online’s player count in the short or long term, but Red Dead Funeral plans have spread rapidly since the Rockstar Games blog post.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a critical and commercial success, but Red Dead Online has never become as popular as GTA Online. Maybe Rockstar couldn’t support both, maybe GTA Online’s overwhelming commercial success forced Rockstar to continually lower its priority on Red Dead, or maybe unknown factors are at play here. Many are angry to see Red Dead Online being buried in such a way, but in memory of them they pay their respects today, July 13th.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is available on PC, PS4, Stadia, and Xbox One.

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