This Red Dead Online player wrote a brilliant 5-year plan to save the game

There is a stalemate right now in Red Dead Online. It’s guns at dawn, 10 paces apart, a duel of significant proportions. On one side is the dedicated western crime sim community, passionate about their favorite open-world sandbox and a hashtag, #SaveRedDeadOnline. On the other, Rockstar, accused of inaction, of not having provided adequate support to the online branch of Red Dead Redemption 2; a game, according to a large and growing facet of its player base, that now cowers in the shadow of its older cousin, GTA Online.

The campaign means no harm. Their message comes from a good place, a place of love and respect, born out of a desire to see the virtual American border restored to its former glory. Yangy is one such activist and one of the #SaveRedDeadOnline movement’s most vocal patrons. He is committed to the cause. So much so that he’s penned a tentative but meticulous five-year plan, including 11 compelling updates about where Red Dead Online is going next. “I updated it over time,” says Yangy. “It started at 33,000 words, and now it’s at 36,000. There are also additional scripts linked elsewhere that are around 26,000 words.”

Ultimate concept set

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(Image credit: Rockstar; Yangy)

Name it Ultimate concept set and now hosted on the GTA Base fansite, Yangy’s proposal is a sight to behold. It really is a colossal undertaking, a veritable roadmap-meets-bible brimming with quality-of-life adjustments, seasonal updates with limited-time perks, lore-appropriate suggestions for how to build world could be improved and new items, skills, mini-games and missions, to name just a few of the content on offer spread over 13 jam-packed pages.

First formulated last year – released on the creator’s 21st birthday, no less – Yangy has and continues to add new angles and options that he thinks could improve Red Dead Online as it goes. as they come to mind, with “Justification” subtitles that reveal his thinking. process and reasoning for each decision in turn. This – for me at least, as a seasoned GTA Online player with a working understanding of Red Dead Online – is the crown jewel of the Ultimate Concept Bundle.

“A few people had asked me about certain things, like why my suggested zombie update is paid DLC as opposed to free DLC with microtransactions; or why by update 11 I included more mystical and magical elements; why the previous updates don’t have a lot of play content, but are more quality of life features; or even why I was doing seasonal events at all and bringing the story”, says Yangy. “So instead of answering these questions multiple times, I decided to use the rationale sections to explain all my thinking clearly and concisely for each update.”

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(Image credit: Rockstar; Yangy)

The zombie update Yangy mentioned is, of course, a Red Dead Redemption 2-flavored slant on Undead Nightmare, the similarly themed expansion for the first Red Dead Redemption in 2010. Inventive modders have since created their own version on the groping ghost add-on for PC, but with 10 different types of zombies, a five-story mission for 2-7 players, three side-quests for 1-4 players, and a Plague Free-roam mode that feels both terrifying and hilarious, i really wish yangy’s work was playable right now.

As you’d expect, that sense of need when reading the Ultimate Concept Bundle – written in the style of official Rockstar patch notes, almost tricking the mind through familiarity – is constant, testifying to the quality and plausibility of Yangy’s work, underpinned by his passion and deep knowledge of the game that shines through on every page.

He adds: “I’ve seen some great responses, which is very flattering. I’m glad people appreciate that, I like the attention and it’s nice to see the support. In the end, I don’t don’t pretend that I don’t know any better than the devs or anyone at Rockstar. I study performance, for god’s sake. It’s not my area of ​​experience, I’m just a fan sharing ideas that I have.

Of the heart

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(Image credit: Rockstar; Yangy)

“I think if we got consistent, decent content, I’d be happy. The main thing we’re all looking for is communication.”

Yangy, creator of Ultimate Concept Bundle

This degree of humility is something that characterizes the #SaveRedDeadOnline campaign. For the most part, this is a dedicated group of passionate gamers who see Red Dead Online in its current state as wasted potential and offer constructive criticism in an effort to get the attention of the powers that be. If you listened to Take-Two’s recent earnings call, you might have heard Rockstar’s parent company hail Red Dead’s strong sales – a result it says was due to a “series of updates” introduced. in the game during the last financial quarter, a claim which Yangy and his peers dispute.

“The mention of Red Dead Online there was a bit difficult. They said that Red Dead Online had a series of updates last year, when, you know, us fans know that it There was an update, some Outlaw Passes, and the weekly bounties that are now monthly. It’s not what I would call a streak,” Yangy says. “It’s good to to hear that Red Dead Redemption 2 exceeded expectations, I guess that might be a good sign. They expect it to perform well over the next few quarters, that it will make a lot of money. So maybe it’s a sign of a DLC, but who knows.”

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(Image credit: Rockstar; Yangy)

Yangy dismisses the idea that the reason support for Red Dead Online seems to have dwindled lately has to do with money, or the fact that it’s easier to be creative in a modern timeline a la GTA Online. – two important opinions currently circulating in the GTA/Red Dead Forums – and points to other live service games thriving with fewer followings than anything Rockstar is doing as evidence of it. Yangy’s Concept Pack is proof on its own that there are plenty of possibilities to expand the existing setup, but while Rockstar making and releasing all of its suggestions is surely the dream scenario, what does it and the broader #SaveRedDeadOnline movement would consider winning at this stage?

“I think if we got consistent, decent content, I’d be happy. The main thing we’re all looking for is communication,” Yangy says. “Right now, I think things will pick up, and things will be fine, or we’ll have more radio silence and it’ll be more or less the same…Or Rockstar will take it easy on the back and shoot it in the head.”

“I feel like the minute the most likely outcome is that it will start to pick up and be great again. It’s me that’s optimistic, but with the development of the expanded and improved edition of GTA 5 done, I think Red Dead Online will get more attention Whatever their five-year plan is – even if people praise my imagined plan, Rockstar will obviously already have one – I think they could focus on again development. That’s what I really want to believe anyway!”

cameo call

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(Image credit: Rockstar; Yangy)

As for his own suggestions, Yangy fully understands that his ideas are just that – the hopeful thoughts of a fan who wants the best for his favorite game and his community. Still, the Ultimate Concept Bundle is a compelling read. The #SaveRedDeadOnline movement is asking for official support and more content to showcase Red Dead Online, and Yangy’s work is, in essence, a blueprint for those same requests. There are some things on the list that probably couldn’t be implemented in the game’s current PS4-gen iteration of the game, sure, but Rockstar could, for my money, do worse than riff on some of Yangy’s ideas.

Yangy himself, it turns out, is all for it. “I know there are sometimes intellectual property issues with game developers and fan ideas,” he says. “But Rockstar has my full consent to use any or all of the Ultimate Concept Bundle. Because it only benefits me and the community. If they really want to compensate me, all I need is that. is from a cameo!”

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