24/09/2020

Thanks to the advent of “mod menus,” hackers on the PC version of Red Dead Online can do nearly anything, including turning on god mode, spawning any vehicle they’d like, and otherwise trolling and torturing other poor fans.

For years now, Grand Theft Auto Online has had a reputation for being a cesspool of hackers and modders. Now it seems that Red Dead Online is following suit, thanks to the creation of mod menus which give people the power to do nearly anything they want.
YouTube is full of videos showcasing these tools, which have a variety of options ranging from god mode, spawning vehicles, and even changing the weather for everyone in your lobby.
A YouTuber spawns a variety of boats and weapons using a RDO mod menu.
Image: Mony Kaze / YouTube
Mod menus sometimes charge users for their services, while others are private, and only available to certain cheating communities. One particularly egregious modding ability appears to allow cheats to simply drain money from other players in their lobbies, as you can see in the video below by Zerdical.
At times, the hacks can turn Red Dead Online into a horror game. Earlier this week, a few players shared images that showed hackers forcibly attaching a wave of animal carcasses to victims bodies, resulting walking monstrosities such as the one below.
Image: PapaPittman / Reddit
Its made playing Red Dead Online into a more hectic experience than usual, as players take advantage of the ability to make anything appear out of thin air.
So the other day I was playing red dead online and we seemed to have attracted a hacker! They kept teleporting random people to us somehow and then spawned about 30 bears in the middle of Saint Denis. pic.twitter.com/W4tBNkf8xL
Micah!! (@galacticteeth) January 18, 2020
While Rockstar did not immediately respond to a request for comment, it does seem like the developer is starting to take action against these rule breakers. Earlier this week, a cheating forum populated a thread where a number of players claimed to have been banned from Red Dead Online. Here, cheaters readily admit to using things like infinite stamina and teleportation. Depending on the infraction, folks are getting their characters reset, banned for a month, or permanently banned.
The situation has left some players clamoring for private lobbies, where they dont have to deal with strangers who happen to have god-like powers. In the past, Rockstar has sued the creators of modding menus in games like GTA Online.