The cowboy epic Red Redemption 2 is experiencing a small renaissance on Steam in December 2021. The game has had the most players there since February 2020. The reviews rave about the game, 91% of the player ratings in the last 30 days are positive. Nothing actually happens in the game, even though it was supposed to be a lively MMO one day. What’s going on there?
How has the number of players developed on Steam?
- It’s about the player numbers of Red Dead Redemption 2 on Steam. This includes the single player and multiplayer part, there is also a discounted standalone version of “Red Dead Online”.
- Red Dead Redemption 2 came late on Steam because of the exclusive deal with Epic Games. In December 2019, the game started with an average of 28,626 players. It had been playable on the consoles for a good year and appeared a month earlier in the Epic Games Store and in its own launcher.
- In the years that followed, this number of players fell to 11,600 (June 2020) – but now in December 2021 it has increased again to 22,495. It is almost as strong as it was when it was released on Steam and the best average number of players since February 2020.
Rockstar neglects cowboys in favor of GTA 5
Why is that so? It’s a bit of a mystery because Red Dead Redemption 2 is so neglected by Rocktar. It was decided early on that there would be no expansions for the single player mode, they just wanted to develop the online part further.
But actually nothing has happened in the online part for 6 months either. At the beginning of “Red Dead Online” the game was almost unplayable due to bugs and glitches, the problems were only gradually solved and then there were also content and updates and DLCs that brought new jobs. In July 2021 the last DLC was released with “Blood Money”.
But for half a year the further development of Red Dead Online has practically stopped. Rockstar’s focus moved again to GTA Online in 2021, where major updates continued to appear even though the game is already 8 years old. GTA 5 is one of the big winners of 2021 anyway – a lively RPG scene on Twitch is fueling its success. It looks like Rockstar has pretty much forgotten and neglected her western epic in the hustle and bustle of GTA Online.
Cowboys also have fun alone in the open world
Why is Red Dead Redemption 2 so successful anyway? Red Dead Online is an unusual MMO: Because it works so well as a single player game and “few players” match the feeling of the lonely cowboy, RDR2 is apparently somewhat immune to content poverty and can work wonderfully even without a lot of new things. That makes it an extraordinary phenomenon: An MMO that hardly needs any attention from the developer, and yet works: the game is now 50% cheaper. The reviews of the last 30 days are a mega-strong 91%. Apparently, the concept of “When you’re through with the story, just play it a little further as an MMO” really works.