Earlier this month, Rockstar brought a number of changes to the Red Dead Online beta with its March update: some more popular than others. Despite tweaks to the parley system, many players felt griefing was still a significant problem, and that some of the changes actually worsened the situation.
The Red Dead Online beta is still trundling on, and with it the continued complaints about griefing, the in-game economy, microtransactions and lack of content. This week the game received a major update - and despite specifically seeking to address "destructive player behaviour", the update has received criticism for failing to fully address griefing problems, and for actually encouraging aggressive play.
Oh, and all those other issues are still lingering too.
On the griefing front, Rockstar has managed to make some positive changes, including tweaks to the parley system. Previously you had to be killed several times before being given the option to parley or feud: now players have the option to parley after one death, meaning you can instantly opt not to be damaged by the posse (or damage them) for 10 minutes.
Red Dead Online's rendition of the Wild West is poised to get a little bit wilder next week, when Rockstar expands its cowboy beta with new weapons, new Showdown Modes and, wildest of all, competitive fishing.
Rockstar's Red Dead Online beta is getting a major update on February 26th, and it's set to introduce a whole range of new features, balances, and improvements.
The bulk of the improvements, it seems, are designed to rein in some of the game's more persistently aggressive players - or as Rockstar puts it, to minimise "certain types of destructive player behaviour" - following community feedback.
As part of this goal, Red Dead Online's new update will reduce the distance at which players appear to others on the mini-map. After the update, anyone over 150 meters away won't be visible, unless they fire a weapon. Rockstar says it's hoping this will prevent instances where players are "repeatedly targeted across the map at long distances".
Excessive and unpaid overtime, zero-hour contracts and a pervasive culture of homophobia and sexism - these are the three top issues to be tackled by a new video games industry branch of the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB).
Darksiders 3 has failed to make an impact upon its launch in the UK. It turned up 32nd in this week's UK physical sales chart, with around a quarter of the boxed sales earned by this year's Farming Simulator.
Why compare Darksiders 3 with Farming Simulator 19? Well, this year's farming sim just launched a week ago - there were no other new launches in this latest chart.
And while we can compare Darksiders 3 directly with the boxed launch sales of predecessor Darksiders 2 (it sold around a seventh as many copies), this stat isn't the fairest. Darksiders 2 launched back in 2012, and so the rise in digital sales which will have nudged Darksiders 3's actual total slightly higher won't be reflected.
Red Dead Online's beta has been out for two days, and somewhat unsurprisingly, there's already been a flurry of criticism regarding the way Rockstar has designed the game's economy. Complaints have largely centred on the microtransactions (amusingly dubbed "micahtransactions" by the community), with many players claiming the premium currency is too difficult to earn.
Most Red Dead Redemption 2 fans are currently focused on the game's new online mode, the beta for which has already begun. Butt one player's attention has been fixed elsewhere. Thanks to an obscure (and slightly murderous) glitch, a player has found a way to walk around the world of Red Dead totally in the nip.
Red Dead Online, the multiplayer accompaniment to Red Dead Redemption 2, is finally live, and - surprise! - it's a lot like Grand Theft Auto Online. Which means one thing - microtransactions!
UPDATE 5/12/18: Rockstar is now able to reassure Red Dead Online players there are no plans to reset their progress.
"We appreciate all the continued feedback we are receiving on the Red Dead Online beta," Rockstar wrote on Twitter. "For players concerned about the potential for progress and stat resets, we currently do not have any plans to reset them as part of the beta's rollout."
While Red Dead Online remains very much in beta, it's pleasing news for those who have already sunk countless hours into the game's online portion. For now, Rockstar is focusing on the game's economy issues - with balance changes on the way.
Red Dead Redemption 2's online portion begins rolling out today, and now a leaked list of modes has detailed its battle royale-style option.
Make It Count is a 32-player Red Dead Online mode where you fight to be the last one standing. You have limited weapons and are stuck within a shrinking gameplay circle. Sound familiar?
It is the most interesting of a short list of mode options unearthed by Twitter user illogicalmods, who also dug up a series of campaign-style job missions as well. Most of these deal with a new character, Horley, and see you venturing into familiar locales from Red Dead Redemption 1 such as Tumbleweed and Armadillo.
The Red Dead Online beta begins tomorrow with a staggered release, The Verge reports.
Red Dead Redemption 2's multiplayer mode kicks off at 1.30pm UK time on Tuesday, 27th November for all buyers of the Ultimate Edition of the game.
On Wednesday, 28th November, all those who played the game on its launch day (26th October) can join the beta.
YouTube has backtracked its decision to suspend a channel which hosted videos of a suffragette being beaten up in Red Dead Redemption 2.
Red Dead Redemption 2 has done very well - we knew that already - but here's a new statistic that hammers home the growth of Rockstar's blockbuster cowboy series: RDR2 sold more in its first eight days on sale than the original Red Dead Redemption managed in eight years.
Things can get tricky if you're unfortunate enough to share the same name as a controversial figure - especially if using the same name as that person on Twitter. Cases of mistaken identity are nothing new - take, for instance, the poor soul named John Lewis who regularly receives customer complaints about queues in a certain popular retail shop.
While Red Dead Redemption 2 features some familiar places for you to explore, you can't revisit Red Dead Redemption 1's Mexico section. At least, you're not supposed to.
Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2 has earned itself the strongest second week UK physical sales of any game this year - even FIFA 19.
That's after earning the second-highest UK physical launch of the year last week behind FIFA 19.
There were a few other launches last week, but nothing to trouble Red Dead. The physical edition of Football Manager 2019 turned up in the UK chart in ninth position - impressive, considering the large bulk of its sales will be digital.
A UK website has pulled an article published in February 2018 that revealed unannounced gameplay details about Red Dead Redemption 2 - and donated a £1m settlement fee to charities of Rockstar's choice.
Rockstar has trumpeted Red Dead Redemption 2's astronomical sales, claiming it to be the second-biggest entertainment launch of all time.
The sales success of the game comes hot on the heels of shocking revelations about the human cost of the development of Red Dead Redemption 2.
Rockstar said Red Dead Redemption 2, which came out on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Friday, 26th October, generated over $725m in worldwide retail sell-through during its first three days, making it the second-highest grossing entertainment launch of all time behind Rockstar's own Grand Theft Auto 5, which made over $1bn in three days after it went on sale back in 2013.
Red Dead Redemption 2 launched last Friday to predictably impressive physical sales, becoming the second biggest launch of 2018 so far - behind FIFA 19.
It's been eight years since Red Dead Redemption 1 launched - and in that time Rockstar's Western series has become a household name. Its no surprise, then, that RDR2 doubled the week one sales of its predecessor.
And that is, of course, without any digital sales counted - include those, and it will have outsold RDR1 even more.
Red Dead Redemption 2 excitement is peaking ahead of the review embargo at (high) noon UK time today and, of course, the game's release tomorrow - and video footage continues to leak.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is getting a companion app - remember those? - for your smartphone or tablet, Rockstar has detailed.
We're just days away from the launch of Red Dead Redemption 2, and images of the game's full map have leaked online.
UPDATE 2 - 24th Oct 2018: Rockstar is working to take down Red Dead Redemption 2 video leaks on YouTube.
A raft of videos that emerged today, including the one Eurogamer reported on this morning, are now unavailable on YouTube.
UPDATE 1 - 24th Oct 2018: Red Dead Redemption 2 has suffered another leak - this time apparently from Russia.
Red Dead Redemption 2 comes on two discs, it has emerged.
Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser has tried to walk back comments he made about staff working 100-hour weeks on the upcoming Red Dead Redemption 2 - a statement which sparked widespread criticism throughout the video games industry yesterday.
Sony has detailed the timed-exclusive items coming first to PlayStation 4 owners of Red Dead Redemption 2, 30 days before Xbox One.
It's fair to say none of this stuff is going to affect your playthrough too much - there are no exclusive missions or characters, for example - but it's enough that Sony clearly wants to celebrate.
Available from day one of the game's launch is protagonist Arthur Morgan's wool-lined Grizzles Outlaw Outfit, which will also be available for you to wear in November at the launch of Red Dead Online.
Rockstar Games has detailed more of the things you'll be doing in Red Dead Redemption 2, including the ability to kick back and go virtual fishing.
With excitement building around Red Dead Redemption 2, the big-budget, sure to be epic open world wild west game from Rockstar due out soon, it's easy to forget the series has a somewhat bizarre origin story.
Red Dead Redemption 2 requires a whopping 105GB of storage space.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is looming large on the horizon, which means Rockstar's lips are growing looser by the day. And now, following last month's location reveals, it's ready to shine a spotlight on fauna - and how best to hunt it down.
Rockstar has announced that Red Dead Online, the multiplayer component of its upcoming Wild West sequel Red Dead Redemption 2, will arrive in public beta form this November.
Red Dead Online utilises the core gameplay of Red Dead Redemption 2 and offers, according to Rockstar, an "evolution of the classic multiplayer experience in the original Red Dead Redemption". It's said to feature a blend of co-op play and narrative elements, and the mode is due to expand and evolve over time through regular updates and adjustments - presumably in a similar fashion to the enormously successful Grand Theft Auto Online.
Red Dead Online is scheduled to launch this November 2018 and will be available to anyone that owns Red Dead Redemption 2 on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. Rockstar is classifying its initial release as a public beta, noting that, "As with most online experiences of this size and scale, there will inevitably be some turbulence at launch".
Red Dead Redemption was as much about its wilderness as it was John Marsten. The dusty main street of Armadillo, the dense pines of Tall Trees, the plains which separated your farmstead from the creeping modernisation in Blackwater.
Red Dead Redemption 2's cast of characters are getting revealed right now over on Rockstar's Twitter page. At the time of writing, half a dozen characters have been spotlighted - most of which we haven't seen named before.
Gamestop employees have been given an extended look at Red Dead Redemption 2, and some are reporting that the "boring" presentation put them to sleep.
Rockstar's released a new gameplay trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 and it offers the best look at the developer's open-world cowboy epic so far.
The video below (captured entirely from in-game footage on the PlayStation 4 Pro, according to Sony), shows off exploration, horse riding, shooting and fighting as well as a variety of mechanics including hunting, confrontation management and base camp life. You can talk your way out of tense situations, intimidate people, form relationships with NPCs and even groom your horse! It all looks seriously impressive.
Red Dead Redemption 2 comes out 26th October on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. For more, check out our Red Dead Redemption 2 guide.
GTA Online players have unlocked a Red Dead Redemption 2 weapon in the game by digging into the files of its latest update.
Rockstar has responded to fan concerns regarding the exclusive story mission content found within the various special editions of Red Dead Redemption 2.
As revealed yesterday, the £54.99 standard edition of Red Dead Redemption 2 is joined by a £74.99 Special Edition and an £89.99 Ultimate Edition, variously containing exclusive boosts and items for story and online mode. There's also a separate £89.99 Collector's Box, featuring assorted Red Dead paraphernalia, but no game.
Although the more expensive packages' wide array of boosts and items have raised eyebrows, most of the ire has fallen on Rockstar's decision to keep two story missions - Bank Robbery Mission and Gang Hideout - as exclusive to Red Dead 2's Special and Ultimate Editions.
UPDATE: Following news of its various Red Dead Redemption 2 pre-order bonuses earlier today, Rockstar has now unveiled the game's Special Edition, Ultimate Edition, and bumper-sized Collector's Box, featuring a host of thematic paraphernalia.
Rockstar has released a new trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2.
The video, below, is heavy on character and story, and sets up the plot of the game.
Here's the official blurb:
Red Dead Redemption 2 will now launch on 26th October for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One - several months later than was previously announced.
It's a significant delay for Rockstar's Wild West sequel, which was previously pegged for a vague "Q1/Q2 2018" date. Before that, it was originally due to arrive in late 2017.
In a statement issued this afternoon, Rockstar apologised to fans waiting for the game and blamed the wait on a need for extra development time:
Red Dead Redemption 2 won't be out until spring 2018 but you can already unlock a gun in the cowboy game via Grand Theft Auto Online.
Rockstar's released a new trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 - and it reveals story information.
The game tells the story of outlaw Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang as, according to the official blurb, "they rob, fight and steal their way across the vast and rugged heart of America in order to survive". That confirms Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prequel, then - you put Dutch Van der Linde's gang down in Red Dead Redemption 1.
The video, which Sony said was captured on PlayStation 4, is heavy on cutscene and light on gameplay. There's plenty of era-appropriate dialogue, some impressive face animation and gorgeous environments.
Red Dead Redemption 2 has been delayed until spring 2018, Rockstar has announced.
A fan project to port Red Dead Redemption into GTA5 has been shut down.
A team of fans are trying to mod Red Dead Redemption's vast map into Grand Theft Auto 5.
UPDATE 30/11/16: Red Dead Redemption and its Undead Nightmare expansion will be available to play via PlayStation Now on 6th December.
Red Dead Redemption 2's first trailer is now available to watch.
Here it is - there's not much to it but wow:
Clues as to the game's setting, time period and characters are thin on the ground.