In Red Dead Redemption 2, some players may be left wondering why side quests disappear from the world map at certain moments. As it turns out, there are some specific reasons why a side quest may disappear, and it's all to do with Red Dead Redemption 2's intricate open world dynamics.
Quite simply, Rockstar has been busy making not just a massive world map to explore, but also filling it with a wealth of content for gamers and complex mechanics to make it feel like a living, breathing environment. Red Dead Redemption 2 may be a technical marvel, as shown by those first person and cinematic camera modes, but from a gameplay perspective there's even more on offer.
That's where these disappearing side quests come in. Rather than it being a new-release error as so often plagues a freshly-launched open world game, this is actually a feature of Red Dead Redemption 2, and instead these side quests could disappear from the world map thanks to decisions that the player has made, an area of the map that they are in, or even the time of day.
For starters, if the player has a Wanted level this could cause these side quests to disappear from the map. If someone has been breaking the law in Red Dead Redemption 2, then Arthur will receive a Wanted level, and until this is cleared then the player will be unable to access side quests, or sometimes even main story content. Similar mechanics have been used previously, and all someone will have to do to get those missions back is lose their Wanted level for them to reappear.
It's not just the long arm of the law that Arthur will have to be aware of, though. Being in the territory of another gang will also cause the side quests to disappear from the world map. In Red Dead Redemption 2, it's not just the Van der Linde gang running riot, with different parts of the map being carved up between different factions. This means that side missions could be lost from the map, until the player finds a solution to that particular problem - peaceful or otherwise.
Finally, the time of day will be a factor in whether a side quest is available. Once more, this is something that Rockstar has dealt with in the past, and so long-term fans of the developer's work may know what to expect here. Quite simply, some side quests will only be available at a certain time of day, so players will need to either forward time or head off and do something else until it's time to come back and try again.
All in all, then, there's plenty of reasons why side quests will disappear from Red Dead Redemption 2's world map. Although some players may feel as though it's a shame they cannot access these quests whenever they so choose, it all forms part of a larger experience; given the sheer amount of things to do in Red Dead Redemption 2, there's always time to go back to those side missions when the conditions are right.