Red Dead Online launched just a few days ago and, as is frequently the case with these types of online games, Rockstar's expansive world has been home to its fair share of bugs and glitches. This is precisely why the developer is still calling this a beta phase for the online portion of Red Dead Redemption 2 but, for the time being, that means we get to enjoy some rather humorous or downright bizarre mishaps.
The above video shows a rather crazy situation that happened while one virtual cowboy was exploring the Wild West of Red Dead Online. It looks like this takes place in Saint Denis, one of the game's major metropolitan hubs.
In the video, the player mounts their horse and discovers that the city streets are lined with boats. Taking the weirdness up a notch, it looks like those boats are also charred from being set on fire at some point, and one of them is bouncing around for some unknown reason.
Rather than investigate these events worthy of an episode of The X-Files, the player instead decides to mount their horse and ride away. And if the mystery boats weren't strange enough already, the player's horse, of course, runs into some invisible barrier, sending the player flying.
Moments like this will likely be ironed out through additional support and updates from Rockstar, but they're kind of a delightful surprise for the time being. The online mode seems to run pretty well even from launch, which is likely partially due to the fact that Rockstar decided to roll out access over the course of a week. Still, you can't account for everything in an online world full of so many moving parts and interlocking systems, which is exactly why you might have boats and invisible barriers showing up from time to time.
This all reminds me of some of my favorite glitches from the first Red Dead Redemption where the wrong skins were getting mapped to various creatures. That's why folks would occasionally get attacked by a bobcat that appeared to be an old lady or watch a bird fly away that looked suspiciously like a normal-ass dude flapping his arms.
Diving into the Red Dead Wiki, folks have started listing other glitches they've come across either in the campaign or while playing Red Dead Online. All sorts of weird physics issues have popped up featuring characters spinning out of control, odd fires have ignited and, of course, you'll stumble across the occasional floating object. The only major glitch I've seen personally involved a guy who was embedded in the geometry of a building so, when I came out of a store, it looked like a guy with no body below his waste was propped against a pole on a porch. It was a little unsettling.
If you've got some fun glitches of your own to share from RDR2, feel free to drop them into the comments below.