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