Rockstar Killing Red Dead Redemption 2 with One Final Update? Sets All Hands on Deck for GTA 6

Rockstar has paid its goodbyes to Red Dead Redemption 2 and it appears the company is moving on to its next project GTA 6. The new and presumably last update for the western sandbox game paid its respects to the game with the addition of credits. Could it be that Rockstar is closing the chapter on GTA V, Red Dead Redemption 2, and GTA Online to focus on GTA 6? It seems so. Let’s get right into today’s news.

Rockstar Pays Its Respects to Red Dead Redemption 2

The new Red Dead Online Update now features extra missions in the fray. We got to see extra telegram missions for the game along with a variety of quality-of-life updates and some bug fixes that were otherwise neglected for the western shooter by Rockstar for a long time.

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An in-game screen of Red Dead Redemption 2 | Rockstar Games

Players will now get to enjoy some fresh new material following the game’s last DLC add-on for the game titled Blood Money, back in July of 2021. But the latest update to Red Dead Redemption also includes a sneaky new note that’s accessible from the game’s pause menu.

The note can be found when navigating to the credits screen and it basically confirms that Rockstar has put the wraps on Red Dead Redemption 2 as its staff moves on to work on GTA 6.

The new patch notes for Red Dead Online state that a link has been added for the credits to the pause menu. The new links display a message where Rockstar thanks the Red Dead Redemption 2 community. 

A link to the credits has been added to the pause menu,” say the patch notes from the new Red Dead Online update. This new link displays a message: “Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has helped create Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online.

This is pretty similar to the thank you note we got to see on the GTA V and GTA Online official sites where Rockstar states:

We want to acknowledge and thank everyone who has contributed to these games, from their original launch in 2013 all the way through to the present day.

It seems pretty evident that Rockstar has all of its hands full with the development of GTA 6. Keeping in mind all the rumors, facts, and sketchy dates set for Rockstar’s GTA 6, it’s possible that an announcement for the new Grand Theft Auto game is imminent, with Rockstar showcasing their heartfelt love and affection with a farewell to its biggest game and fans before finally moving on.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Patch Notes

Red Dead Redemption 2 players have recently run into a few bumps as they stumble across the wild west. Players have experienced a range of glitches and an Online experience that is a cesspool for cheaters and hackers alike.

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In-game screenshot of Red Dead Redemption 2 | Red Dead Redemption 2

The new update serves to fix a few of the issues but not all of them have been addressed or reported so far. Evidence of an alternate ending has also come to light with the update, as players found a hidden cutscene buried within the game’s files. This suggests that the game might have had a very different story at one point in time in contrast to the full release that we’ve enjoyed till now.

Players can now launch Telegrams from both the Player Menu and the Camp.
A link to the credits has been added to the Pause Menu.

Three new Hardcore Co-op Telegrams have been added to Red Dead Online:

In Bad Faith (1-4 Players)

Capture the 7th Generation members and bring them to Skelding’s man

Strong Medicine (1-4 Players)

Steal the 7th Generation supplies and bring them to Skelding’s man

Sow and Reap (1-4 Players)

Find the 7th Generation leader and bring him to Skelding’s man

One new location added to three existing Telegram Missions in Red Dead Online:

A One Horse Deal

Rich Pickings

Outrider

Four new locations added to two existing Showdown Modes in Red Dead Online:

Hostile Territory

Sport of Kings

We aren’t sure if we’re ready to move on from Red Dead Redemption 2 but the idea of another iteration added to the Grand Theft Auto franchise sounds pretty exciting. Rockstar seems to be pretty busy if they’re bringing developers on board from the Red Dead Redemption Team along with the developers for the Grand Theft Auto Series.

In addition, the new update also features some other additions and fixes into the mix that were long demanded and awaited by fans.

Game Stability
Fixed several issues with bad data being sent to players in a session that resulted in crashes.

Fixed an issue with players prompting their horse to flee that resulted in a crash.

Also fixed an issue with reconnecting to the network while using the Filter menu on the Nomination tab of Rockstar Games Social Club that resulted in a crash.

Fixed an issue when idling in Free Roam after joining another player that resulted in a crash.
Fixed an issue with entering and leaving Rockstar Games Social Club or the Online menu after selecting a tile from the Pause Menu that resulted in a crash.

Also fixed an issue with wave 4 of Call to Arms that resulted in a crash.

Fixed an issue with killing an enemy while out of bounds in Call to Arms that resulted in a crash.

Game Stability – PC Only
Fixed an issue when switching from fullscreen to window mode using ALT+Enter that resulted in a crash.

Fixed an issue when switching to fullscreen with HDR enabled that resulted in a crash.

Also fixed an issue that occurred due to no warning prompt being displayed after multiple disconnections and connections of a monitor HDMI cable that resulted in a crash.

Matchmaking & Networking
Fixed an issue that resulted in malicious players being able to kick other players from Red Dead Online.

Fixed issues that resulted in players being unable to connect to Rockstar Games Services
Content.

In other news, the new Red Dead Redemption 2 also brings some long-demanded additions into the fray. Users were implementing FSR 2.0 mods of their own back in July 2022 for Red Dead Redemption 2 and now, Rockstar has officially added support for the super-sampling solution. In addition, Rockstar has also added improvements to the game’s Temporal Anti Aliasing feature along with added support for Nvidia’s Reflex Tech.

PC Only
Reflex has been implemented to reduce lag on gamepad only (this does not apply to mouse & keyboard input).
Improved Temporal Anti-Aliasing (TAA)
Added support for AMD FidelityX Super Resolution (FSR) 2.0.

PC Only Fixes
Fixed an issue with running the game in fullscreen that resulted in HDR being toggled off.

Fixed an issue with the game displaying in 4:3 aspect ratio when playing in fullscreen at 5120×1440.

In addition to connectivity issues and added content, Rockstar fixed a few problems and glitches that plagued players in-game for years. Gamers were unable to progress or efficiently complete tasks due to mission-breaking glitches.

Content
Fixed an issue where players reported missing ammo for weapons and throwables after launching Outlaw Opportunity – Covington Emerald on Ruthless difficulty.

Fixed an issue that resulted in players getting stuck while loading into Sport of Kings.

Also fixed an issue that resulted in players getting stuck in a Sport of Kings lobby.

Fixed an issue that resulted in players getting stuck during the Free Roam Event – Wild Animal Tagging.

Fixed an issue that resulted in players getting stuck on a death screen after dying during Hostile Territory.

Also fixed an issue that resulted in players being unable to launch the Telegram Mission – Rich Pickings.

Fixed an issue that caused inconsistencies with the RDO$ and XP payouts for some Telegram Missions.

Fixed an issue where the cooldown wouldn’t be applied after completing Telegram missions
Shops.

Fixed an issue that resulted in players being unable to receive or see any deliveries in the Post Office.

Fixed issues with the Gunsmith menu that resulted in the UI disappearing.

Miscellaneous
Fixed an issue with placing a Wilderness Camp that resulted in players getting stuck on a black screen.

Fixed an issue allowing player access to the Wardrobe during cutscenes.

Also fixed an issue that resulted in players being unable to accept invites from the Player Menu.

Fixed an issue that resulted in animal carcasses placed on horses to not be visible after a certain distance.

Fixed an issue with Aim settings that resulted in players auto-locking onto objects despite ‘Aim lock-on to object’ being set to ‘No’.

The Future of Red Dead Redemption 2 and GTA Online?

Rumors have been circulating for years for GTA 6 as it was only officially confirmed to be in the works via a Tweet back in February 2022 via Bloomberg Reporter Jason Schreier. Schreier stated that the game has been in development ever since the inception and release of GTA 5 back in 2014.

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The grove street OG’s placing an order but not outside a Clukin bell | TeaserPlay

Even with that time frame, next to nothing is still known about the game. So far, it’s speculated that the game will take place in the fictionalized version of Miami famously known as Vice City. The game has also been rumored to feature multiple cities along the way as added DLC content and maybe even countries but that sounds a bit too far-fetched. There have also been suggestions that the game will follow a female lead protagonist for the first time since 1997 when the original GTA featured four optional female leads Divine, Mikki, Ulrika, and Katie.

With that said, what will Grand Theft Auto 6 hold for us in the future? A satirical parody of modern-day America or something entirely different standing within the confines of Libertarian ideologies as rumored quite recently

We hope Rockstar doesn’t lose its golden touch that we’ve all known and loved it for when it comes to the Grand Theft Auto series and gives up a story and experience that far outshines GTA V.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Cutscene | Red Dead Redemption 2

Now, the question still stands. What will happen to Red Dead Redemption 2 now? Will Rockstar halt any bug fixes, quality of life improvements, and updates, now that different teams are gearing up for development for GTA 6?

We’re not sure but considering GTA Online is still in full swing, that might not be the case for Red Dead Online either. But Read Dead Online doesn’t perform as well or get regular content updates akin to GTA Online, so there’s no real straight answer to this whole shindig. We’ll just have to wait and find out in the future.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is currently available for Windows PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series S|X, Xbox One, and Xbox Game Pass. As for GTA 6, it’s still currently in development.

And that’s pretty much it for today on Appuals. So, what do you think will happen to Red Dead Redemption 2? Will Rockstar cease future updates for the game or will they take care of it with future updates? Let us know in the comments below. We upload daily on Appuals, so stay tuned for more. Till then, see you later and goodbye

Naseer Abbas
Naseer has been interested in PCs and videogames since his childhood. If he isn't busy playing retro shooters, he's tinkering with emulators or learning something new.