The servers will be down for two hours
Rockstar Games have announced that the servers for Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Online will be temporarily closed to honour the legacy of George Floyd.
The developer posted on their official Twitter to announce the information earlier today (June 4). Servers will be closed between 7:00pm and 9:00pm (BST), disallowing players access to the online components of their popular franchises.
In an additional tweet, Rockstar stated they hope fans will “join in further honouring the many victims of America”s racial injustices by supporting their families, black-owned businesses, those marching on the sheets, and coalitions through the organisations.”
Read the full statement below.
Rockstar Games joins other gaming companies, such as Naughty Dog, that have also voiced their support for the movement. “Now is the time for all to do our part and end anti-Black racism and violence”, Naughty Dog said, adding that “many of us [at the studio] are donating to national and local organisations”.
Other companies such as Square Enix have also donated to the movement, revealing in a Twitter post that they “are pledging $250,000 and will match employee donations to support the Black Lives Matter organisation and other charities, in the effort to help combat racial injustice and positively affect change in the world”.
Sony was due to showcase next-gen games during a reveal event today for the PlayStation 5, but postponed the event to “allow more important voices to be heard”. Other companies joined them in postponing their events, with CD Projekt Red pushing their Cyberpunk 2077 livestream to the end of the month.