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Red Dead Online isn’t dead – but it is. Fans of the sandbox Western were planning a funeral for the game next week, and it looks like that will go ahead, because an update from developer Rockstar doesn’t instil much confidence in the mulitplayer mode’s future. Effectively it admits that, as its attention is turning to GTA 6, it won’t be releasing any more major updates for the game.

“Alongside seasonal special events and experience improvements – plus other changes to enhance and maintain a healthy Red Dead Online environment – we plan to build upon existing modes and add new Telegram Missions this year, rather than delivering major themed content updates like in previous years,” a spokesperson said.

It’ll continue to promote modes, missions, and content through monthly updates – but don’t expect any new Roles or story content to be added. In essence, it’s not quite pulling the plug on the multiplayer mode entirely, but it’s certainly flipping the switch. It’s a shame as this mode always harboured enormous potential, but it’s a reminder of just how difficult it is to support multiple service games.