Sony admits to putting out buggy, "incomplete" Red Dead DLC

Yeah, it seems when Sony put up the Hunting and Trading downloadable content on the PlayStation Store for Red Dead Redemption, it uploaded an incomplete file. That led to all sorts of problems for gamers who paid for the add-on. Although it was the wrong file, the game still accepted it and just created glitches all over the place. This is not just a couple sporadic, no-one-will-ever-notice bugs, but rather holes in the code that caused key functions in the game to work improperly.

Above: This is giving me a headache. I'll be at the bar if you need me

Here's the full run-down from the horse's mouth, Sony itself. The following issues occurred for anyone trying to access the Hunting and Trading DLC in-game:

* Days in game reset
* Missions cannot be started and/or do not reset for retries (user is always told to come back the next day)
* Gang hideouts empty with message to return later
* Some hideouts not recognized as gang hideouts and others say “please come back later”
* Buffalo herd not spawning
* Savvy merchant does not register that you have bought stuff in all gunsmiths
* Herb nodes do not reset and some nodes of all type are empty
* Mission markers gone from map and/or being told to come back after a particular time even after waiting over 24 hours
* The user cannot get back up after falling off a cart during a crash.
* When exiting multiplayer, the game saves but does not return to single-player
* The game only loads the following random events: “the poacher”, “the herbalist”, duals, and “damsel in distress”. Missing are: “horse thief”, “posse lynching”, “cannibal” “wagon theft”, “suicide”, “hanging rescue”, “assist the law with escapees”, “dynamite delivery/explosion”, “prostitute attack”, “posse lynching”

The good news, though, is Sony has pushed out the real, final version of the DLC. It's nearly four times the size of the incomplete version. Anyone who buys the add-on from now on will not have any of the above problems.

For those who already bought and downloaded the DLC, you're going to need to go into the "Game Data Utility" folder from the PS3 XMB and deleat the Red Dead Redemption file. Then, go into the PlayStation Store, find the DLC in your download history, and re-download it.

This kind of thing is starting to become troubling in its frequency. Earlier this year, Microsoft had a similar problem when it put out a DLC update for Modern Warfare 2 before it patched the game itself to be able to accept the DLC. The unplanned glitch caused many gamers to be locked out of their game for days while Microsoft found a fix.

[ Source: PlayStation Blog Europe ]

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  • musashi1596 - October 20, 2010 8:50 p.m.

    I'd like to point out that major glitches on multiplatform titles that appear on the PS3 version and not the 360 version, are usually a result of the game being developed on the 360 and ported to PS3 inefficiently. Hence why you don't tend to see this in games where the PS3 is the lead platform.
  • FlagrantPilgrim - October 20, 2010 7:20 p.m.

    I haven't experienced a single one of these glitches, and I downloaded it when it was first released.
  • Kieran712 - October 20, 2010 6:45 p.m.

    @EdDeRs1 Usual fanboyism right there. A one off glitch, in which a similar thing happened to xbox, means it always happens and that xbox is better. Both systems have their faults and the ps3 is not worse in glitches, if anything, unless its because developers only fix it on xbox
  • Dondada - October 20, 2010 5:13 p.m.

    I've read the article but dont understand how this is Sony's fault apart from Rock St*rs. Anyone care to explain?
  • EdDeRs1 - October 20, 2010 4:02 p.m.

    bassicly, why the xbox is better, epic games seem to have major glitches on the ps3
  • ShaneCedt - October 20, 2010 2:12 p.m.

    i downloaded it like a eager beaver...good gravy what a bad bug.
  • musashi1596 - October 20, 2010 1:20 p.m.

    So, I can fix it by deleting my game data? Oh, that's fantastic. But one small problem... That will erase all of my progress in the online mode. Stellar work as usual.
  • cj12297 - October 20, 2010 1 p.m.

    i got this but none of those things happened to me
  • Randomwordcombination - October 20, 2010 11:55 a.m.

  • reaperman22 - October 20, 2010 7:37 a.m.

    holy crap spammers are out in full flight today. i downloaded the dlc but haven't played red dead since i got it, hopefully mine is fine cause mine was a fairly large file *fingers crossed*... now R*/ Sony... please dont screw up undead nightmare
  • shadowreaper72 - October 20, 2010 1:17 a.m.

    SPAMMER ALERT TAKE EM OUT!!! Oh and im extremly disapointed in you Sony you guys have a high tech console and you still manage to fuck up.
  • nemesisuprising - October 19, 2010 11:17 p.m.

    you guys even posted an article about how its
  • Evil_AppleJuice - October 19, 2010 10:42 p.m.

    already was gunna skip this dlc. I mean, single player is over when the game is finished and achievements are completed. Of course there is the new DLC with a new long campaign, but I still dont want to pay for skins without having more to do :/
  • michaelkaramas - October 19, 2010 10:25 p.m.

    word to the wise; read up on your facts before you post a story like this...its free dlc no one paid for it, wouldnt have been a problem , but you make a point to say it was paid dlc .
  • garnsr - October 19, 2010 10:14 p.m.

    Yeah, I was sort of surprised to see two mentions of paying for this, too. Maybe the 360 version costs you? I don't know if my version is screwed up, I'll have to redownload it, I guess.
  • nikos_the_great - October 19, 2010 9:45 p.m.

    " Anyone who buys the add-on from now on will not have any of the above problems." lol, you do realize it's free, right?
  • MyNameIsMyName - October 19, 2010 9:44 p.m.

    What is with Sony and awful buggy DLC and ports, you have the more; powerful,advanced and spacious system yet developers somehow continue to drop the ball. I don't understand why.

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