Huge Red Dead On­line up­date brings poker, tons of new con­tent and the prom­ise of an ex­cit­ing fu­ture

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The on­line mode of Rock­star’s Western epic Red Dead Re­demp­tion II, Red Dead On­line, is get­ting a huge up­date as the stu­dio of­fi­cially ends the game’s beta test­ing phase.

De­vel­op­ment of the per­sis­tently on­line mul­ti­player game has been in progress since the beta phase launched in De­cem­ber 2018, with new game modes, sys­tems and cos­metic items re­leased over the last few months. But now Rock­star is un­leash­ing an up­date that not only pro­vides tons of new con­tent, but also com­pre­hen­sively re­sponds to player feed­back, while fix­ing and ad­dress­ing any is­sues iden­ti­fied in test­ing.

New co-op story mis­sions will con­tinue the re­venge saga of Jes­sica LeClerk, with new hon­ourable mis­sions al­low­ing play­ers to help eye-patch­sport­ing Mar­shal Tom Davies clean up Valen­tine, and out­law-path mis­sions that in­clude a Saint De­nis bank rob­bery. There are also new Free Roam mis­sion types avail­able, and new mis­sion-givers from the story mode such as fish­er­man Thomas, and pig farm­ers Bray and Tammy Aberdeen.

Feel­ing flush

Poker games are also now avail­able in the world of Red Dead On­line. Good news for those play­ers who, like us, are al­ways on the look­out for a chance to make more money in the game. Speak­ing of which, Rock­star is also help­ing ad­dress the stingy-ness of the RDO econ­omy, with more gold bars awarded for ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing one gold bar per level raised.

One of the most wel­come im­prove­ments in­volves the game’s hos­til­ity sys­tem. First in­tro­duced in a Fe­bru­ary up­date, this tracks ag­gres­sive be­hav­iour and makes hos­tile play­ers more vis­i­ble on the map, as player blips change colour from blue to hos­tile-red. Thanks to the new up­date, you now won’t be pe­nalised for shoot­ing dead a player who has ini­ti­ated the hos­til­ity. If you are mur­dered by a hos­tile player, you can also now choose to ‘press charges’ against that player, which will in­crease your griefer’s hos­til­ity and bounty lev­els. Ad­di­tion­ally, play­ers who are killed with a high hos­til­ity level will be respawned fur­ther away. Fur­ther help­ing to mit­i­gate the grief­ing that can some­times blight on­line play, play­ers can now choose Of­fen­sive or De­fen­sive play-styles. Of­fen­sive is the cur­rent de­fault, but choose to play de­fen­sively and you will take re­duced dam­age from en­e­mies, while penal­ties will be harsher for those grief­ing you. Of course, if you start at­tack­ing other play­ers, you will no longer be pro­tected by de­fen­sive mode, but this should al­low play­ers who would rather just ex­plore the world to simply go about their busi­ness with­out wor­ry­ing about griefers.

There’s a new ter­ri­tory-grab­bing Show­down mode too, Over­run, while a ton of other bal­anc­ing im­prove­ments also form part of the up­date. There are also new weapons and cos­metic items, in­clud­ing a cool LeMat re­volver which has a sec­ondary bar­rel to un­leash a sin­gle buck­shot round and, fi­nally, a pon­cho! That would be us bom­bard­ing Rock­star with re­quests for one. You’re wel­come.

Rock­star has teased even more con­tent to come in the weeks ahead. Very soon you will be able to take part in new Show­down modes in­clud­ing the Head For The Hills, An­i­mal Kill and Pub­lic En­emy modes. The ex­cel­lent-sound­ing new Rail­road Baron mode in­volves cap­tur­ing cars on a mov­ing train. This sum­mer will also see the in­tro­duc­tion of roles to RDO, each with unique goals and out­fit op­tions: Bounty Hunter, Trader and Col­lec­tor. Choos­ing a role will let you progress through the game in a more tra­di­tional RPG style. Ex­cited? Yes. Yes, we are.

“Rock­star has teased even more con­tent to come in the weeks ahead”

Above Just look at Mar­shal Davies’ mous­tache. Damn, you could play horse­shoes with that thing.

LEFT New poker games will help your fi­nan­cial woes, or com­pletely clear you out.

Above The new LeMat re­volver has a nine-round re­volv­ing cham­ber and an ex­tra bar­rel for a buck­shot round.

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