Red Dead Redemption 2 multiplayer: Shock new Red Dead Online update news
Red Dead Redemption 2 Online has seen a drop in the number of players on PS4 and Xbox One, according to a new surprise report.
Having pulled off a winning coup with the release of Red Dead 2 last year, Rockstar didn’t wait long to release the multiplayer mode.
Red Dead Online beta remains in beta and while fans recently saw new content go live on PS4 and Xbox One, a number of players want to see more content released this month.
Rockstar Games will be hoping that players will stick around and wait to see what they have planned for Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2019, having already seen a dip in player numbers.
A new report this week has revealed stats concerning how well Red Dead Online is performing for parent company, Take-Two Interactive.
According to Super Data, monthly active users for RDR2 dropped in January compared to the highs of December.
The new report confirms that revenue also fell in January compared to past levels and the game is still some way behind GTA Online.
This shouldn’t be surprising as GTA Online has a huge amount of content available to it and a massive amount of cosmetics to choose from.
Shark Cards still rule the day and will continue to do so if Red Dead Online cannot regain those lost players.
The report also reveals that even with the added strength of Red Dead Redemption Online and its player base, combined revenue for both games was only comparable to GTA Online in January 2018.
Here’s the latest information from Super Data, which reveals: “RDR2 Online (beta) revenue fell by 14% month-over-month in January due in part to declining MAU levels.
“Combined sales from both RDR2 Online (beta) and GTA V Online, which makes about 5x more than RDR2 Online (beta) from in-game spending, were flat year-over-year versus GTA V Online alone last January.”
But it’s not all bad news for Rockstar Games following the first months of Red Dead Online.
A recent Take-Two Interactive earnings call confirmed that the company is completely satisfied with the performance of Red Dead Online.
Take-Two believes Red Dead 2 has built better “early traction” with gamers than GTA Online and are pleased with the player base numbers.
“Obviously the experiences are a work in progress, and there will be a lot more content to come,” Take-Two’s CEO Strauss Zelnick revealed.
“But in terms of comparing where Grand Theft Auto Online was in terms of engagement at this stage of the game, versus where Red Dead Online at this stage in the game, Red Dead Online has more engagement, is doing better and has a lot more early traction. Which we think is very encouraging.”
A lot of this data will be from December, so it will be interesting to see what Take-Two say in the months to come.
Meanwhile, fans are hoping that a new Red Dead Online update will be launching in the coming weeks.
New Races and Showdown Modes have been promised, as well as additional story missions for PS4 and Xbox One.
And they will certainly be needed sooner rather than later, based on some of the chatter from fans online.
Replayability during the beta is proving problematic, and while this isn’t the finished product, RDR2 Online has plenty of competition that can steal its player base.
Big GTA Online updates are usually followed by a series of smaller updates, adding new content to the game.
So the hope is that this will be used in Red Dead Online to provide new things to do over the coming weeks and months.