Take-Two CEO heard the frustration from the #SaveRedDeadOnline community
For months, the Red Dead Online community has been asking developer Rockstar for more meaningful updates to the game, comparable to what Grand Theft Auto Online has received, using the hashtag #SaveRedDeadOnline. To date, they have received little recognition for their movement.
Speaking to IGN ahead of Take-Two’s earnings call, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick acknowledged that he was aware of the community’s frustration, but added that fans would need to reach out to Rockstar for an answer obtain.
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“Rockstar Games is talking about the upcoming updates and we’re working on a lot at Rockstar Games,” he said. “I’ve heard the frustration, it’s flattering that they want more content and Rockstar will say more in due course.”
When asked if Take-Two intends to continue supporting Red Dead Online long-term, Zelnick reiterated that it is the plan. [Update 2:45pm PT: Post-publication, Take-Two Interactive reached out to clarify that this comment was “solely referring to the online servers” and that any future content updates would be up to Rockstar.]
#SaveRedDeadOnline has continued across social channels such as Twitter and Reddit since January of this year, when Rockstar released an announcement of new content for Red Dead Online that the community felt was largely inadequate compared to much larger updates released in Grand Theft Auto Online. Since then there have been a handful of other similarly small updates, but nothing big enough to quell frustrated fans who feel Rockstar abandoned their beloved game to focus on a much older one that already existed has received major updates and attention for years.
As of last earnings call, Red Dead Redemption 2 has sold over 44 million units worldwide, which according to Take-Two in its report, is “significantly ahead of our expectations for this timeframe, further demonstrating the continued popularity of Rockstar’s blockbuster entertainment experiences .”
Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.
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