• Rockstar Games playing cat-and-mouse game with racist hackers
  • "Red Dead Redemption 2" unlikely to be free of racist trolls using KKK NPCs
  • Private lobbies seen as solution for people on "Red Dead Redemption Online"

"Red Dead Redemption 2" has managed to weather the storm created by hackers although the fight is far from over. With most confined to their homes, cyber-attacks are aplenty these days to carry out their mischief. Rockstar Games has managed to fend off these malicious intents but critics feel that the battle is far from over.

Aside from the COVID-19 pandemic, most know the protests being carried out in select parts of the world. This is tied to the untimely death of George Floyd, raising the alarm on the black community. That has extended on to "Red Dead Redemption 2" with hackers resorting to various tactics to let themselves be heard.

Among the tactics they are doing was the summoning of non-playing characters (NPC) dressed in KKK garb. Rockstar Games managed to patch this but it appears the fix may not hold up for long. Dataminers found that game developers scanned game files to trace the KKK models. However, the creator of the paid cheat mod menu alleges that for as long as the model remains in the system, hackers will find a way to summon them in some particular way, reported.

That in mind, a fix for this issue is not that easy. The said model remains in the game since it is part of a side game on "Red Dead Redemption 2." This is the one where players are tasked to gun down the KKK groups without suffering honor penalties. Removing the models will affect the questline, possibly leading to even more bugs and issues.

Rockstar Games has issued warnings to players, telling them that they would be banned if caught doing such activities. But distinguishing them from people is not that easy. The racism issue is up in the air and such cannot be controlled for people who may be discussing it. The last thing that game developers want is to ban players who may not be fully aware of the severity of this problem.

Rockstar Games is unable to carry out a proper fix, made even harder with the COVID-19 restricting people to stay in their homes. Some are working at home but that option has not been as effective compared to actually being at the office.

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A possible solution would be to implement private lobbies, something that "Red Dead Online" players have been asking for. That is an option but something that may need time to develop. For now, all "Red Dead Redemption 2" players can do is play the game the way it should be. They need to avoid racist-related activities so that they will not be flagged.