Red Dead Online teases new roles as watchdog group questions Rockstar’s tax history

Nothing really changes.

Red Dead Online has been a bit of a non-entity this year, contrary to our hopes anyway. The MMO-ish version of Red Dead Redemption 2 has sagged in beta with minimal hype compared to its money-making cousin GTAO. But it sounds as if Rockstar has a big shift in the works.

“Later this summer, the world will evolve again with the introduction of specialist roles – unique paths of progression, each providing their own experience with tailored gameplay elements and benefits that will allow players to become even more deeply connected to their character and the choices they make as they inhabit the world of Red Dead Online,” the company says. “This fundamental change points to the long term future of Red Dead Online – a world where players coexist in an uneasy peace, choosing to band together or striking out alone, fighting to survive in a world full of threats and opportunities as they build a life for themselves on the frontier.”

Three of those roles are previewed in a new dev blog: the bounty hunter, trader, and collector. The studio’s also promising “substantial, across the board changes” for “combat and movement to allow for a more responsive control system that still feels natural, plus more damage reduction for defensive players (that’s the PvP/PvE playstyle).

Rockstar made headlines for other reasons this week too: A report from a UK-based tax watchdog group, TaxWatch, accused the company of paying nothing in taxes while pulling in an estimated $5B in operating profit (hauled back to execs in the US, of course) and then having the stones to claim $42M in tax credits. MOP apparently paid more taxes than Rockstar did last year. Welcome to the worst timeline.

Source: Official site, press release, TaxWatch
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“then having the stones to claim $42M in tax credits.”
Lol, cheeky gits…they aren’t the only ones doing this though and they should be made to pay up but since they technically aren’t doing anything illegal the onus is on the goverment to do something about it. If you give them free money they are going to take it.

Hikari Kenzaki

GTAO, on PC. RDO, not on PC. Nuff said.

But in all seriousness, GTAO didn’t shoot off like the cash cow it is now. It was empty. Even after the PC version came out (when we started playing), it took a while to catch on.


Tax watchdog group? Granted, I’m all for holding Corps accountable for taxes just like everybody else. But I would certainly like to know more about these watchdog groups. Who funds them? Who gives them the authority?

They describe themselves as a think tank. Hmm… and they decided who is investigated too. A superficial view of things makes me wonder if their interests are more political than unbiased.

About us
Tax Watch UK is an investigative think tank which aims to broaden public participation in the debate on tax. We monitor and report on the tax payments of large companies working in the UK, and research tax strategies used by companies and wealthy individuals. Our aim is to provide the unbiased and independent information necessary to allow the public to hold the government and major tax payers to account. We also analyse and put forward policy proposals for improving the tax system with the goal of creating a fairer tax system for all.

Hikari Kenzaki

It’s good to be skeptical and there is clearly an agenda being pushed by the group, but it might not be a bad one. On the surface, the founder just gave his 60% interest in a rather large company to its employees. Still, a grain of salt without investigating yourself is always a good idea.