Rockstar Games' development of Grand Theft Auto Online has some fans worried about Red Dead Redemption 2. GTA Online has made so much money that Rockstar may employ the same content strategy for Red Dead Redemption 2, much to fans' chagrin.
Writing on Reddit, fans complain that Rockstar focuses more on Grand Theft Auto 5's multiplayer mode, GTA Online, than on the game's single player component. Calling the upcoming Tiny Racers DLC the "last straw," one fan says that (Rockstar parent company) Take-Two has now realized what a"cash cow" the multiplayer mode is and so despite "very obvious" plans from Rockstar to create single player DLC for GTA 5, this has been dashed in favor of more multiplayer content.
Suggestions that Rockstar and Take-Two are prioritizing GTA Online over GTA 5 single player DLC are nothing new and there was previous speculation that single player DLC had been scrapped for a GTA Online map expansion. What is new, though, is that fans are now scared that Rockstar will employ the same tactics for Red Dead Redemption 2, thus leaving players who don't decide to get into the multiplayer side of things in the dust.
While few details about the upcoming cowboy game's multiplayer have been revealed so far (other than confirmation players on PS4 have first access to some content), one fan is "worried they will cut resources to the story writing team because it's no longer seen as being as profitable as GTA:O style filler content." Another says, "RDR2 would have been an instant day one buy/pre-order" but now, they will "wait and see for a couple of weeks."
In fact, even those who are excited for Red Dead Redemption 2's multiplayer and are actively looking forward to killing cowboys online, have GTA-related concerns. Alongside fears of "nickle and diming" from Rockstar, security concerns also prevail.
One fan argues that GTA Online is "utterly devoid" of proper security and Red Dead Redemption 2 could potentially suffer from the same rampant hacking. While fans also recognize that things have improved, security-wise, since the game launched, given that reports of GTA Online hackers stealing millions from players emerged just weeks ago, clearly big issues still remain.
To give some credit to Rockstar, the developer still has a lot to confirm and reveal about the western title, and there are many months to go until its release, so there is plenty of time to address these concerns. But it's also clear that fans will no loner be satisfied by just a few trailers and explanatory blurbs and that Rockstar will have to go to some lengths to convince the doubtful masses that Red Dead Redemption 2 will deliver.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is currently set to release sometime in the fall of 2017 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.