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Those hoping that the fantastic Red Dead Redemption 2 would one day be getting some kind of single-player expansion should temper their expectations, as developer Rockstar has confirmed it doesn't currently have any plans to return to Arthur Morgan, John Marston, and the rest of the gang, and are instead focused on Red Dead Online, the free multiplayer mode that launched a little after the core game.
"We're 100% focused on online right now, because like I said, there's just so much to do, and we're just hoping to bring everything that a player can love about single-player into the online world, and fleshed out", Rockstar Lead Online Production Associate Katie Pica told VG247. This is bound to come as a blow for fans who were expecting that Rockstar might eventually drop single-player DLC akin to the excellent, zombie-filled Undead Nightmare that was released for the original Red Dead Redemption.
The (kind of) good news is that those hoping for some kind of zombie action in their open world cowboy adventure might still be getting what they want, to a degree. Speculation that Red Dead Redemption 2 would be getting its own single-player undead update kicked into overdrive last week whenRed Dead Online players started reporting finding what looked a lot like grey-skinned reanimated corpses mumbling to themselves in various locations.
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While we were all hopeful this would lead into a single-player DLC, the more likely scenario was that Rockstar is teasing something similar to Undead Nightmare, but exclusively for the online mode. Given the developer's most recent comments on single-player DLC, we can pretty much absolutely rule out the possibility of Undead Nightmare 2 - at least for the single-player.
Despite the fact that Red Dead Redemption 2 won't be getting single-player DLC any time soon (if ever), Online Producer Tarek Hamadtold VG247 that Rockstar still loves single-player games. Given the scope, scale, and overall quality of Red Dead Redemption 2, it'd be hard to argue with that sentiment. Even as the developer leaves the single-player behind to focus on Online, Hamad made it clear that everyone at Rockstar wants the multiplayer mode to be every bit as immersive and ambitious as the solo experience was.
He explained, "The team's ambitions for Red Dead Redemption 2 were sky high in every way, and when we are building worlds of that scale, the single-player experience almost always leads the way. Our ambitions for our online games are just as high, and with Red Dead Online we are continuing to build and expand to match the world we created for Red Dead Redemption 2's story, not just with the roles but other activities, new random events, characters to meet, new ways to engage with the world and further inhabit your character, as well as trying to improve the overall experience."
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