Back in February 2019, a Red Dead Online glitch surfaced that made animals disappear from the game entirely or in some cases just drastically reduced the number of animals in the world. A year later, this is still a problem, and Rockstar Games has finally acknowledged it, noting that a fix is on the way. When the fix will be live, isn't divulged. For now, all we know is that it's in the pipeline, and presumably coming with the game's next update.
"We are aware of player reports of low animal counts in Red Dead Online while playing in certain sessions," writes the developer on Twitter. "We are currently working on a fix and will provide an update as soon as we have more information."
We are aware of player reports of low animal counts in Red Dead Online while playing in certain sessions. We are currently working on a fix and will provide an update as soon as we have more information. https://t.co/9CoDbUUDOs— Rockstar Support (@RockstarSupport) February 3, 2020
As alluded to, this has been an issue for a very long time, which fans were quick to point out in the replies to the tweet:
I cant help but SMH to this. Took them months to say they are aware of the issue. Now I bet it will take more months to fix. Just Lazy— JohnnyZ All In For #KairiMania 🏴☠️ (@JWrestlingV2) February 3, 2020
We've been telling you for 6MONTHS!— James Morrison (@Curator134) February 4, 2020
4 months and you finally give an "We are aware"... So in another 3 months you will do the same with the blackscreen issue?— Danish Crusader (@CrusaderDanish) February 4, 2020
Took you 5 months...— David (@H2O_RICHYRICH48) February 3, 2020
"Low animal counts"? "While playing in CERTAING SESSIONS"? Basically every session with around 15 players (or more) are empty of animals and the community have been saying how broken it is since months ago.— Riot (@outlawriot) February 3, 2020
As you may know, Red Dead Online has had quite a few issues since launch, and this has been one of the most prominent ones. And as players pointed out, it's been an issue for a very long time, so it's unclear why it's taking Rockstar Games so long to let players know it's aware of the problem.