Something bizarre and/or spooky is happening in Red Dead Online. Yesterday gamers began discovering huge piles of skinned, lifeless horses laying round. Others report ghost cities, with no animals or NPCs spawning. Either Tywin Lannister is guest starring, or one thing else is about to go down in Rockstar Games’ west world.

Here’s a glimpse of 1 such equine pile, in Valentine. Players report that each residing factor throughout the complete map has apparently been eradicated, as if by some unseen (developer’s) hand.

However, others have reported constant crashes — together with when approaching one of these piles — so it’s not clear how a lot, if any, of that is supposed. Red Dead Online simply got here out of an extended beta interval this week with an enormous replace supposed to “strengthen and stabilize the foundational world of the Red Dead Online experience.” That doesn’t seem like the end result.

“There aren’t any people and animals in any respect in on-line for me proper now. Feeling like Will Smith in I Am Legend, the world is completely lifeless however you may nonetheless hear the ambient sounds, it’s actually spooky,” said Redditor MYNAMEISHENDRIK. “Every ten minutes a stagecoach with out rider seems and the one individuals who seem are store homeowners. Sometimes quest givers seem at their spot, generally not however missions won’t begin.

They proceed, “There aren’t any extra animals, not even small rabbits. When I performed yesterday there the place solely few NPCs on the streets compared to story mode however I assumed they decreased the quantity of individuals only for efficiency causes however now each residing being is gone. Must have one thing to do with the burned animal pile in Valentine.”

The pile of lifeless animals could be very clearly deliberate, if not additionally ominous, however the gameplay impacts of getting each residing non-player factor not current additionally make this sound like one thing screwed up in execution. It’s unlikely it is a mordant commentary on American thoroughbred racing, which yesterday ran a dreadful Preakness Stakes, however you by no means know.

Rockstar Games hasn’t commented but on what that is, being a Sunday. We nonetheless requested, involved as we’re about Cass Marshall’s huge dumb horse and all of his pony pals. The company’s official Twitter is up to now mum.