A recent Red Dead Online patch meant to ameliorate some issues with the naturalist update has instead completely destabilized the game, according to players who are attempting to load into the wild west right now. The issues are vast, some plaguing the game in the past, and some completely new.
Many are reporting a complete lack of characters and animals populating their servers, making Red Dead Online into somewhat of a ghost town (which has been a problem in the past.) Horses seem to be the only friendly faces that players can count on right now, but often, the steeds are completely glitchy as well. Fans perusing the new update are sharing clips of invisible horses, horses that phase in and out of reality, horses that are on fire, horses that run in place, and more. It’s better than that time Red Dead fans kept encountering huge piles of dead horses, but not by much.
Some players say they can’t even shoot right now, depending on what you’re aiming at — which makes it impossible to complete quests or specific roles.
Perhaps the funniest — if not weirdest — issue fans are encountering right now is the sudden inexplicable appearance of a bald man. There are no NPCs except for this bald man in some lobbies. Sometimes he seems like a real person, sometimes he seems like a translucent ghost. Nobody can explain it.
Others are reporting a number of crashes and errors right now as well. A Rockstar representative tells Polygon that the developer is aware of the recent problems, and has erected a support page that says they are working on a fix. For now, most players seem to be steering clear of the update, since you can’t really do anything without NPCs, animals, horses, or the ability to shoot.
Update: This story has been updated to add comment from Rockstar.