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The biggest Red Dead Online fan may lose 6,000 hours of progress on Stadia.

Sure, you can return the money, but how do you return 250 days?

Some developers working on projects for Google’s shortly Stadia cloud gaming platform have had their own projects nabbed from under them. Many gamers are losing save progress and their favored platform. Colour, a YouTuber and TikTok(opens in new tab) creator, has over 6,000 hours on the Stadia version of Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption Online 2, so according to GamesRadar. All that rootin’ tootin’ cowboy fun is about to wither away like tears in rain.

6,000 hours is an amazing amount of time to dedicate to anything. This isn’t your pretty standard “too much time spent on a game,” this is 250 days. For the last five years, I’ve been an avid barbell and kettlebell lifter, advancing from “intermediate to advanced.” On the back of a napkin, I approximate that I expended 1,500-2,000 hours actively pursuing one of my main hobbies throughout that time.

Further frenzied calculations lead me to the conclusion that 6,000 hours of RDR Online 2 since its Stadia release in November 2018 has Colour averaging more than four hours per day. Enabling again for the weekend, it’s closer to six hours. Granted, Colour does a lot of content creation for RDR Online 2, also being the “RDR Online 2 on Stadia person” is kind of their thing, but this is still an insane amount of gameplay! Sylvia, this is Pepe.

Skin tone’s time investment in Red Dead Online, on the contrary side, is in grave danger of becoming one of those Libraries of Alexandria which are constantly burned down on the internet every day. This does not have to be the same situation.

There are ways to move single-player progress from RDR2 on Stadia to PC, but there is no multiplayer transfer requisite by Hue. Other Stadia port developers, including IO Interactive(opens in new tab) and Bungie(opens in new tab), are actively working on methods to allow players to transfer their data to another platform.

The Colour scheme, for one, is hoping for an “at first when character transfer” to save their progress from oblivion. We’ve reached out to Rockstar for comment and will update this story as soon as we receive a reaction.

I may not comprehend Colour’s time and psychological investment in reading Dead Redemption Online 2 on Stadia, but I admire his devotion. I hope Rockstar can aid them before fate starts blowing Colour’s progress away like a digital sand mandala (opens in new tab).

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