Sorry about the Red Dead Redemption 2 issues, please enjoy a new Apology Poncho

The poncho is really very sorry for the issues

    
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If you were hoping that the extra wait for the launch of Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC compared to its console launch would result in a polished and bug-free experience… well, no. That most decidedly did not happen. The opposite happened, in fact, so that Rockstar has already rolled out one patch to fix the game’s issues while fully expecting that more issues will have to be fixed in upcoming future patches. It turns out that it’s actually kind of a stuttering, crashing mess.

But all of that is all right because Rockstar has a secret weapon: the Apology Poncho.

Yes, players are getting a poncho to apologize. No, it’s not a real poncho; it’s the in game Prieto Poncho (which Google Translate suggests is more “tight poncho” than “apology poncho” by sobriquet), alongside other provisions and ammunition. The care package is planned for everyone who plays this week and through the holiday season (or attempts to play, given the crashing issues), with more details promised in the near future. Sure, it might be awkward that the game keeps crashing or stuttering as you try to play, but at least you get your apology poncho, right?

The update is live, by the way; patch notes can be found right here, and yes, PC players are still reporting their version has problems even after the update.

Source: Twitter via Polygon, Rock Paper Shotgun

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Carebear

My problem with RDR is that it does not have a female protagonist… I mean an option for it, with its own story… like AC: Odyssey for example. I dont know why they dont add an option with a different story… is that too much asking for a game that is going to be game of the year and they are sure it will sell millions?

Personally thats the reason I didnt bought it… I could tolerate bugs and wait for fixes… Maybe a modder will offer the female option that the company refuses to add… (also is missing from GTA games too…)

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Rees Racer

The simplest solution is to create your own character (male or female) in Red Dead Redemption Online. I’ve not played more than an hour in the single-player story, but have been free to create my own character in the online open-world, where there are plenty of missions, both main and side, and many roles to play…whatever you fancy. Here’s my character in the middle of cut-scene accepting a quest. Don’t let the limitations of the solo portion of the game deter you from a fantastic experience.

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Carebear

hello and thanks. Didnt know about this. When you say online is this like “MMO”? Is there any pvp involved?

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Rees Racer

It’s a heavily instanced “MMO”, with up to 32 players populating a session. There is PvP involved, but playing in “defensive” mode makes griefing much more difficult. I might add that in the many (MANY) hours I’ve played online, I’ve had only one bloke try anything aggressive, and he died trying.

I wouldn’t be fussed a bit about other players trying to kill you, although it’s bound to happen sooner or later (without penalty to you). Plenty of would-be gunslingers run about shooting up townsfolk and robbing stages, but won’t raise their pistol toward you at all. It’s very much a living-world feel to it all, and I love every minute of it. I really worried for my safety at first, but not at all now. I reckon playing as a female character doesn’t hurt either. ;)

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ForsetiGod

If someone does not cosplay as “RDR 2 Apology Poncho person” at some point ,I will riot

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markfromindy

No thanks Rockstar. I think a better message is sent if we just refuse to buy shit games. And yes, I’d call a game that is half baked and overhyped and full of bugs a shit game. They probably expect the modding community to fix the game for them like Bethesda does. me, I think I’ll just spend that money on a game I can actually play and enjoy. Buy The Outer Worlds instead.

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ichi sakari

Got a couple of old WoW hoodlum friends who were waiting long time for this so I pre-ordered in order to play with them

they can’t play because of drops and crashes, but I’m able to play hours with very few issues – it’s something about PC rig variation that is eating RockStar up

its a nice poncho, but this Reddit post sums up the feels of a lot of players

Rockstar : “We know players have been screwed out of thousands of dollars in profit due to disconnects, camp setting issues, and lost materials. Here’s a poncho you tools.”
Seriously? A poncho?

For a billion dollar company Rockstar is a bunch of turd burglars.

my man Frank asked the big question decades ago

is that a real poncho… i mean
Is that a mexican poncho
Or is that a sears poncho?
Hmmm… no foolin …

but here’s the thing, if they fix their shit this could actually be a fun game, it is pretty and they did catch a solid ol timey western vibe

Yesterday I was eaten by a bear, 10/10 would die horribly in the jaws of a Grizzly again

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Who you jivin’ with that cosmic debris?

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TomTurtle

“Apology poncho” needs a heroic cartoon intro theme song to go along with it.

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3dom

So far this is the worst MMO launch I’ve seen in years, by a landlside – and I’ve seen Anthem and Ghost Recon Breakpoint (which are actually great now, after some bug fixes). It’s comparable to early beta of The Division 2 when NPCs grenade-spam you to death in seconds. Considering the game is ~1 year old and still has all this crap (like random quests where you are facing 5-10+ NPCs at once) – it’ll take years to improve it to be actually enjoyable.

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nomadmorlock9

I don’t think the gameplay is bad at all. 5-10 NPC’s at once is nothing if you know how to use cover. The game itself is amazing. I do sympathize with those having issues running it well however.

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I would never dismiss another player’s individual experience with a game, but I’m not sure I would categorise this “MMO” launch (“worst”) with either of your examples. Apart from a couple of (since mostly ironed-out) technical issues, the gameplay in the online portion is hugely enjoyable, smooth, and polished.

It may be challenging at times, but apart from legendary bounties, the entire open-world portion can be enjoyed playing solo (or with others) without death occurring at every turn, as you’ve described. I’ve taken out “5-10+” NPC’s without too much fuss…and I’m not even particularly good at the whole shooting-under-pressure bits. I’m much more likely to fall prey to a bear or pack of wolves than any human enemies (NPC’s or real people).

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ichi sakari

this has been my experience also, proper cover makes a big diff

while it is fun to play solo, it is mucho better to have a posse, especially for bounty hunting and the occassional open world scraps

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nomadmorlock9

It’s always run great for me since launch. I received the ammo and other consumables yesterday, but not the poncho!

Where is my poncho?!? Seriously, I want this!

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Rees Racer

Access your wardrobe in a general store (tailor), or at your camp. It will show up there.

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nomadmorlock9

I didn’t see it last night. I’ll check again. Thank you.

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nomadmorlock9

And … no pancho!

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Rees Racer

I pre-ordered (and pre-loaded), but was unable to play for the first couple of days because I was busy running about for work.

By the time I settled in, there were a couple of issues (e.g. a bit of stuttering and a few disconnects), but it has been remarkably smooth and issue-free since for a vast majority of my time in Red Dead Online…as I was not terribly interested in the single-player campaign/portion of the game. The online part of the game has quickly become one of my favourite ways to relax and really immerse myself in a role reflecting the rich past of the last year of the 19th century in the American West.

I have an older Intel i7 and a GTX 1070, so it’s not like I’m at the top-end presently. Regardless, with a few tweaks I can still run the game with ultra textures @1440, consistently b/w 50-60 fps. I’ve found the whole experience extremely satisfying, so I’m not certain why there is so much fuss…mostly because I’ve not had to research the problems many(?) players have reportedly had to suffer through.

Finally, in my many hours of play, only one (ONE!) player had tried (unsuccessfully) to kill me whilst playing. Almost everyone waves/nods/greets and goes about their business. Grouping up for posses is easy, and even though the environment is otherwise dangerous at times, it has not been because of griefers. I even enjoyed my hour of poker last night, and only lost $5. ;)

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Mewmew

Hmm I guess I’m glad I didn’t buy it at launch. I was going back and forth on it quite a bit, and still have been mulling it over every day since even though you no longer get an upgrade to the next version free.

I honestly would probably buy it if I had better Internet that wasn’t shared with a bunch of people. If I could buy it and be playing later that day, or even within a single day from purchase, or heck even 2 days from purchase, I might get it now. I can’t get 100+ Gig within that amount of time though on my current net connection (yes, our connection is behind the times and needs an upgrade – plus there are always at least 2-3 ultra HD streams going and everyone is on the wifi for their net etc).

By the time I do get it hopefully a lot of bugs will be worked out. I did want it at release, but there is a sweet spot coming along where most issues will be fixed and it may even drop in price for a sale (not much, but a tiny bit somewhere) and the game will still be pretty new. So right now I’m holding off for that time to hopefully arrive.

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BalsBigBrother

I have been playing the original RDR on an old PS3. While it is a bit clunky it does have that special something that keeps you playing despite said clunkiness

It has certainly made me want to play RDR 2 though sadly that is going to be a couple of months away at least for me. Hopefully that will mean by the time I do get to play most of these issues will have been ironed out.

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Rees Racer

I re-purchased a used XBOX 360 a few years ago just to play the first Red Dead Redemption (and Resonance of Fate…which now has a glorious high-resolution version for PC on Steam).

I do think RDR2 (and Red Dead Online, especially) is a game you will enjoy thoroughly, and although I understand your desire to wait for more forthcoming stability, my experience is such that you’ve no need to delay much longer if you are keen to have a go right now.

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BalsBigBrother

Sadly while I would love to jump in now my gaming pc is dead and I won’t be in a position to revive it till the new year.

That said I am considering just buying a console instead and saving up for a full pc upgrade rather than just repairs