- Red Dead Redemption 2’s win of the “Labor of Love” award at the Steam Awards is confusing given its lack of consistent post-launch improvements.
- Fans have criticized Red Dead Redemption 2 for its underwhelming post-launch support for both its singleplayer and multiplayer modes.
- The community-driven voting for the award may have turned it into more of a popularity contest rather than a genuine reflection of post-launch care.
It is no secret that Red Dead Redemption 2 was a groundbreaking experience for the gaming industry, with its attention to detail, gripping narrative, and stunning environments still impressing players over five years after it first released. This positive reception has led to the title winning many glamorous awards over the years. This year’s recent Steam Awards only added to the long list of accomplishments that the title has amassed.
Red Dead Redemption 2 won the “Labor of Love” award at this year’s Steam Awards, which may seem sensible at face value, but becomes quite confusing when the parameters of the award are considered. The Labor of Love award is reserved for titles that have experienced consistent improvements and post-launch care, and RDR2‘s shortcomings in this area make its winning of the award all the more strange.
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Red Dead Redemption 2’s Post-Launch Controversies Go Against the Labor of Love Steam Award
Red Dead Redemption 2 is already a critically acclaimed release, winning a spate of high-profile awards closer to its release including four Game Awards. Many fans think that RDR2 is more than deserving of the success it has achieved, but it is hard to regard its most recent Steam Award win as fully deserved.
In the official description of Steam’s Labor of Love award, it states how Red Dead Redemption 2 still has a development team that continues “to nurture and support” the title with consistent post-launch content. Oddly, this is one aspect of Red Dead Redemption 2 that many fans feel has been massively lacking, with recent developments for Read Dead Online being a great example of where these criticisms have come from.
Red Dead Redemption 2’s Singleplayer and Multiplayer Have Been Underwhelming Post-Launch
There were high hopes behind Red Dead Redemption 2‘s online component given the huge success of Grand Theft Auto Online, but these hopes were cut short in July 2022. Four years after Red Dead Redemption 2‘s release, Rockstar announced that Red Dead Online would not receive any major future updates, which was a serious blow to the game’s dedicated community.
To add to this, Red Dead Redemption 2‘s single-player has not received any major DLC since release, disheartening fans who were expecting an expansion of similar ambition to Red Dead Redemption‘s Undead Nightmare DLC. This paints a picture that seems entirely different to the Labor of Love award’s requirements, leading to the confusion around RDR2‘s Steam Awards win. In all, the following titles were nominees for Steam’s Labor of Love Award:
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- DOTA 2
- Apex Legends
- Deep Rock Galactic
With the likes of Apex Legends being live-service online-only titles with continuous post-launch support, it seems almost unfair that Red Dead Redemption 2 has taken the top spot. It is worth noting that the voting for the Labor of Love award was entirely community-driven, perhaps making the award more of a popularity contest as opposed to a genuine reflection of post-launch care. While RDR2 is more than deserving of recognition, its Labor of Love win in this year’s Steam Awards is understandably facing a lot of backlash due to the game’s slow post-launch life.
Red Dead Redemption 2
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RDR2 is a Western-themed action/adventure game by Rockstar. It’s a prequel to Red Dead Redemption and stars Arthur Morgan, an outlaw who adventures across the land avoiding and fighting other outlaws, the government, and anyone else looking to cause trouble.
- October 26, 2018
- Online Multiplayer
- M for Mature: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Use of Drugs and Alcohol
- How Long To Beat
- 50 Hours