When released in October last year, Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 was hailed as a storytelling masterpiece, able to transport players into a lifelike and believable world filled with complex characters and dialogue.
The story which saw players take over the role of outlaw Arthur Morgan, was seen as one of the strongest components of the title, gripping fans and wowing critics alike.
At the same time, many were critical of the online service that went live soon after launch, which was seen by many (including Eric Kain of Forbes in an article here) as an “empty and boring” wasteland with very little to offer players.
Despite this, Rockstar seems intent on creating a functional, online world rather than any story-based downloadable content, at least in the near future.
Speaking to VG24/7’s Kirk McKeand, Rockstar suggested that they were far more focused on the creation of online content, with no single-player DLC in the works for the near future.
Rockstar have enjoyed success with the online model before, with the incredibly successful Grand Theft Auto 5 having sold 90 million copies by November last year, making it the most successful entertainment product ever made.
This proves that Rockstar can utilise Online play to create products that fans can enjoy, however can the developer capture lighting in a bottle twice?
With zombies supposedly appearing in the online portion of the game, many believe that a new Red Dead Undead Nightmare event may be making it’s way to the title, but will it be enough to draw back players that have already moved on to other games?
We’ll have to wait and see.