Red Dead Redemption 2 was recently nominated among Steam’s annual awards. Quite surprisingly, the game was picked for the Labor of Love award, which represents games that are supported by developers consistently.
One would think this category would be dominated by live-service titles, so this inclusion was a bit confusing. In an even more surprising turn of events, the game has come out victorious, claiming the Labor of Love award.
Why it matters: Steam is home to millions of users, opening up these votes to a large user base, which represents all types of gaming fans.
— Ben (@videotechuk_) January 2, 2024
Red Dead Redemption 2 competed with live-service games like Apex Legends and Dota 2 in this category. However, neither of these games could offer much competition. It should be noted that these awards were based on community votes, so Steam cannot be blamed for the outcome.
According to the description, Rockstar Games continues to release new content and updates for this game, earning this award. While the studio has indeed released new content, many fans have been left wanting more.
One major criticism of Red Dead Online has been the fact that the studio never truly realized its potential. On its fifth anniversary last year, fans looked back at the mode as wasted potential.
Similarly, in terms of single-player content, fans have been requesting DLC for the game, with a petition reaching over 10K signatures. However, Rockstar Games’ updates have left much to be desired.
Its a great game but not the right category to win and frankly didnt deserve it imo, R* has done nothing for years to "nurture and support" the game and its barely "still getting new content" because all they care about is their golden cash cow
— Gabz 🏴 (@Gabz55334544) January 2, 2024
Many fans appreciate that Red Dead Redemption 2 was voted for in the category, but they disagree with the outcome. A significant update, like a 60FPS patch for the game on current-gen consoles, is still missing, making the frustration among the community even worse.
Anyhow, the voters have spoken, and Red Dead Redemption 2 stands victorious. In the past, this game has won various other rewards from Steam, solidifying itself as a once-in-a-generation title.
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