In a timely manner, given last night was Hallows’ Eve, Red Dead Redemption 2 players have encountered a rather eerie bug that seems more akin to a curse that a coding mishap. As players trot through a crossroads on the outskirts of Rhodes in the region of Lemoyne a message appears on screen saying ‘You cannot use weapons or cause trouble in Rhodes when you are acting as a deputy for Sheriff Gray’. Up to this point nothing out of the ordinary and in keeping with the mission that takes Arthur and the gang to Rhodes.
However, once the message shows up on screen, horses appear to be bursting inexplicably into flames, burning agonizingly to a crisp. Or worse, the corpse of a horse lays strewn on the ground engulfed in flames. Approach a little too close and the fire jumps to your own steed, and ultimately Arthur himself. In other variations, a petrified horse stands eerie upright with its tail pointed decidedly upwards. It doesn’t stop there though as anything passing through seems to burst into flames, be it a wagon, stage coach, or steed.
The videos of the bug are alarming to say the list and its as if horses are being possessed by some sort of fire demon summoned from the most vivid Frontier folklore. If you come across any of the above harbingers of fiery death then gallop in the opposite direction as quickly as you can without looking back.
Rockstar hasn’t commented on the matter at the time of writing, but the issue is clearly a bug triggered by the ‘no weapons’ message about Rhodes appearing on screen. As for how spontaneous combustion plays into this, our guess is as good as yours.
In other spooky Red Dead Redemption 2 occurrences, a series of floating objects have appeared throughout select playthroughs, notably lanterns and jars filled with toxic substances. Luckily these bugs are purely cosmetic and don’t cause the game to crash, proof of the tireless work of stoic Rockstar employees when crafting this year’s standout release.