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Red Dead Online Hits Maintenance Mode As Rockstar Shifts Resources To GTA 6

GTA Online still receiving updates, though

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Red Dead Redemption 2's online mode, Red Dead Online, has been put into maintenance mode as Rockstar announces the entry will no longer receive large, sweeping content updates moving forward. Instead, the team is shifting resources to support the next major title in their library, Grand Theft Auto 6.

The news comes to us yesterday via a blog post on the Rockstar Newswire, with the company stating that while Red Dead Online will still receive support in the form of themed and seasonal events, it won't be seeing the larger content drops as previously released. 

"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."

The statement says that Red Dead Online's community will still see their creativity highlighted, but the team is planning on supporting the existing content as well as new Telegram Missions each year rather than the themed content updates its delivered in the past. This is all by means a way to effectively put Red Dead Online into maintenance mode while the team ramps up production on the highly anticipated and sure-to-sell gangbusters next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series.

GTA Online for its part doesn't seem to be slowing down, having just launched on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles. A new update is coming that will "expand upon the Criminal Careers of Executive, Biker, Gunrunner, and Nightclub Owner," as well as a swathe of new Contact missions. The team is also tweaking homing missile effectiveness as well as GTA$ payouts in-game to make each activity literally more rewarding.


Joseph Bradford

Joseph has been writing or podcasting about games in some form since about 2012. Having written for multiple major outlets such as IGN, Playboy, and more, Joseph started writing for MMORPG in 2015. When he's not writing or talking about games, you can typically find him hanging out with his 10-year old or playing Magic: The Gathering with his family. Also, don't get him started on why Balrogs *don't* have wings. You can find him on Twitter @LotrLore