Red Dead Online has officially left beta, and Rockstar has released a massive patch to commemorate the moment, adding new missions, modes, and making balance changes.
Speaking on today’s big moment in the history of Red Dead Online, Rockstar said:
“A massive thank you to everyone who participated during the beta period. Your feedback has been instrumental in helping us fine tune the game so far with many of your suggestions implemented in today’s update, and we will continue to implement more of your feedback in future updates to come.
This is just the beginning. The future of Red Dead Online not only includes continued improvements to the core elements of the world to make every aspect of the game fun for all kinds of players, but also brand-new experiences that establish a deeper, more immersive connection to the world and your character.”
The future is apparently bright then, but what about the present? Well, the update has added new missions for both the honorable and dishonorable path of the Jessica LeClerk story campaign, with well behaved players trying to save Valentine from the Del Lobos gang while naughty players will be on a mission to rob the Saint Denis Bank. Don’t worry about missing out on anything, as both paths will ultimately lead to the same conclusion.
There are also more Free Roam Missions available as part of the update, with “new characters from the story of Red Dead Redemption 2 and a variety of new and diverse mission types” now available. There are also dynamic events that can trigger when you’re roaming the world, much like they do in single-player, giving players an opportunity to earn some bonus XP, Honor, Cash, or Gold.
For those players who are more into mini games, there are three new Posse Versus Challenges to partake in, including the Biggest Fish Contest, Bird Shooting Contest, and the Herb Picking Contest. If you’re more into your card games then you can also finally play Poker, either in private invite-only games with friends or on public tables against strangers. Poker tables can seat 6 players and will be available in 5 places: Blackwater, Saint Denis, Tumbleweed, Valentine, and Flatneck Station.
If all of these changes aren’t enough then there’s also a new Showdown mode, a new weapon, new clothing items, new emotes, and the new Hostility System and Playing Styles that were outlined a couple of months ago have also been added as part of this update. Jumping in to the world of Red Dead Online this week will also bag you 15 Gold Bars, and you’ll also get an extra 25% XP from A Land of Opportunities, Free Roam Missions, Showdown Modes, Races, and Free Roam Events. If you’re still not satisfied then you’ll also earn an extra 25% in Cash and Gold from chests containing them, and any players who own the Ultimate Edition will receive a gift of RDO$100 and the Throat Slit emote. Charming.
Looking ahead, Rockstar is promising more additions to Red Dead Online in the coming weeks including new characters, Showdown modes, Free Roam Missions, clothing, and more. Interestingly, Rockstar has also revealed plans to introduce three “roles” to the game this summer, which should add more of a role-play factor to the game. These roles will consist of tracking down criminals as a bounty hunter, searching for treasure as a collector, or building a business as a trader. Each role will have its own unique gameplay, clothing, weapons, and rewards, and players will be able to commit to one role or simultaneously progress through multiple roles at once. Rockstar is promising to release more information on the new roles “soon”.
There are also a number of balance changes in this update, all of which you can read about here.