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Rockstar is rolling back Red Dead Online’s disastrous patch

Saint Denis can finally rest easy

A Red Dead Online player carries a hogtied character. Image: Rockstar Games

It’s been a tough week for anyone loading up Red Dead Online on consoles recently, thanks to a patch that seemingly destabilized every part of the game. Rockstar has now decided to undo the patch entirely, rolling back the MMO to its previous state.

Prior to Thursday, Red Dead Online players had to download an update that made all NPCs and animals disappear, made horses go haywire, made it impossible to shoot, and bizarrely, introduced an invincible bald man that followed you around. The patch was live for long enough that social media sites like Reddit were full of videos of absurd and entertaining glitches that were plaguing the game and ultimately making it impossible to enjoy any part of the experience. The patch was meant to fix some issues with the recent Naturalist update.

Rockstar is dealing with the problem by pressing the undo button, according to an update to a support page.

“An update to Red Dead Online intended to provide security improvements and address connection errors unintentionally introduced a range of issues including connection problems, low animal spawn counts, difficulty pitching Camps, entering Moonshine shacks as well as others on PS4 and Xbox One,” the page reads. “We have reverted back to the previous version on those platforms, initially launched on July 28.”

The rollback should hopefully stabilize the game, and Rockstar promises to iron out any lingering wrinkles through future updates. Bye, bald man. We hardly knew ye.