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UPDATE ONE: There are new reports out this week that claim the graphics in Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online, have been downgraded.

This was reportedly caused by a recent update to the game, which has changed the rate of ambient occlusion found in Red Dead 2.

This report doesn’t come from Rockstar Games and is based solely on findings from fans who have been playing the game since it was first released.

Comparative shots have been shared online, revealing the apparent downgrade on PS4 and Xbox One.

Ambient occlusion is supposed to change how lighting works, making it more realistic to the properties of the space. Its removal wouldn’t be widely spotted by fans unless they had been playing for a long time or knew about the tech involved.

Rockstar has not commented on this bug and whether something like this is currently affecting Red Dead Redemption 2.

A closer look at this apparent bug can be found below.

And this is good news for two reasons; it means that Rockstar is now back to building up weekly content as we saw in GTA Online and it also means that the new clothes will likely be paired with other stuff.

Like we have seen over the past few weeks, anything from new Showdown Modes or weapons could be springing up as we head towards the start of April.

Not only is this good news for fans who have been left waiting by Rockstar but the studio will also be hoping to retain their current player numbers with upcoming content.

It was recently revealed that the popular multiplayer mode saw a drop in the number of active players in January.

This was during a month that also saw a number of other prominent digital game platforms see their revenue drop at the start of the year.

So Rockstar getting into the swing of adding new content weekly – drip-feeding mini updates – means we should see stuff slowly start building over the coming weeks and months.

Rockstar remains coy on what exactly they have planned, but it shouldn’t be long before we hear more about what new Red Dead Redemption 2 Online expansions will be launched in April and May.

From what has been found by data miners following the release of Red Dead 2, it appears Rockstar have plenty of ideas.

New property-buying options are expected to be added to the game in the coming months, alongside other features found in GTA Online.

A new layer of money-making options will also be announced; however, little has been shared on this subject yet.

New vehicles are expected to be made available to fans who have the cash to buy them, with a War Wagon leaked last year.

It follows news of a shocking rumour that connected Rockstar’s parent company with a major industry takeover.

Marketplace rumours made it online that connected Sony Corp with a buyout of Take-Two, a deal that would mean huge changes in gaming.

The unconfirmed market speculation made it into some daily reports which apparently helped to lift Take-Two’s stock.

It would have made it possible for Sony to keep certain franchises as exclusive content for their own consoles.

The Red Dead Online beta

The Red Dead Online beta continues on PS4 and Xbox (Image: ROCKSTAR GAMES)

Take-Two said at the time that they would not be commenting on pure speculation, while those who wrote the online report confirmed that it came from a note written by Joel Kulina, head of technology and media trading at Wedbush Securities.

He, in turn, explained the situation to Gamesindustry, adding: “This is purely unconfirmed market speculation that is making the rounds.

“I am not the source of this story in any regard. And not sure who quoted me as I didn’t speak with anyone over the phone (unless someone saw a trading note that I wrote).”

And since these surprise rumours surfaced earlier this week, Sony has confirmed that they have no plans to pull off such an audacious move.

Meanwhile, Take-Two appears completely focused on making Red Dead Online a success, with CEO Strauss Zelnick telling a recent earnings call: “Obviously the experiences are a work in progress, and there will be a lot more content to come.

“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.”

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