Rockstar Games posts GTA 6 update as it puts Red Dead Online to pasture

Rockstar Games effectively confirmed that it no longer has the resources necessary to maintain RDO as it focuses on GTA VI.

The writing was already on the wall, but it still stings. Rockstar Games just confirmed that it is no longer supporting Red Dead Online with major content updates. But, just as they say, when one door closes, another one opens. In this particular case, Rockstar is dropping Red Dead Online so it can focus more on GTA 6.

GTA 6 will absorb most of Rockstar Games' resources going forward.
GTA 6 will absorb most of Rockstar Games' resources going forward.

Rockstar made the announcement on an official blog post where the publisher laid out its plans for GTA Online and Red Dead Online. While Rockstar had plenty good to say about GTA Online's future, it couldn't say the same about RDO. Instead, Rockstar all but confirmed that the online open-world western is on the back burner for now.

Here's an excerpt of what Rockstar said in its latest statement:

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.

Rockstar's latest update is in line with what we've heard, down to the company's decision to cancel future remasters, at least, until GTA 6 is out.

Rockstar Games Posts Gta 6 Update As It Puts Red Dead Online To Pasture
It's definitely not a good day when you hear news about a studio effectively axing your favorite game.

This is certainly bad news for fans of the Red Dead franchise. It must sting to find out that Rockstar is giving up on Red Dead Online just days after finding out that the long-rumored remaster of Red Dead Redemption is no longer happening. But, it's not all bad news for the land of digital cowboys and horses. If Rockstar is willing to temporarily shelve a potential cash cow for GTA 6, we're sure that the studio has equally grand plans for the franchise as soon as GTA 6 is out.

As for GTA 6, Rockstar rightfully has big plans for the upcoming GTA installment. After confirming that the game is in development earlier this year, we have had insiders come to use to confirm that it will use the RAGE 9 engine and feature a very narco-centric single-player campaign.

Ray Ampoloquio
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