Rockstar games blocks Red Dead Online hackers from spawning KKK members


Rockstar games stop hackers from spawning KKK members in Red Dead Online

Red Dead Online is the Rockstar’s multiplayer portion of Red Dead Redemption 2. The game has historically struggled with notorious hackers who can rule the game to their will. But recently, Rockstar has put a stop to a racist cheat that allowed players to take on the role of the Ku Klux Klan.

The models for the KKK members come from the single-player portion of the game, where the Klan features in a number of in-game plotlines. But Red Dead Online players had been inserting the characters into the multiplayer game world through the use of mod menus. These tools essentially take full control of the PC version of the game, doing anything from spawning infinite items to changing weather patterns for entire lobbies.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a 2018 action-adventure game developed and published by Rockstar Games. The game is the third entry in the Red Dead series and is a prequel to the 2010 game Red Dead Redemption. Gameplay elements include shootouts, heists, hunting, horseback riding, interacting with non-player characters, and maintaining the character’s honor rating through moral choices and deeds. A bounty system similar to the “wanted” system from the Grand Theft Auto franchise governs the response of law enforcement and bounty hunters to crimes committed by the player.

The other players raised a complaint about the hackers using the KKK hack on popular forums. Screenshots also show hackers accompanying these spawns with racist invective broadcast to the game lobby by taking control of the “Rockstar message” channel.

These racist dynamics in Red Dead Online have been true since as far back as 2019, some users formed KKK-inspired clans to target anyone who might be playing as a Black cowboy. Rockstar Games was among many game companies to offer public support for the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The company shut down access to its online games for two hours earlier this month in a move the company said was to honor Floyd’s legacy.

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