Rock­star has final­ly announced when the next major update for Red Dead Online will be released. The update launch­es in a week, on Sep­tem­ber 10th, bring­ing sev­er­al heavy changes to how play­ers inter­act with the world.

One of these adjust­ments, called ‘Fron­tier Pur­suits”, will be giv­ing play­ers dif­fer­ent Roles to inhab­it. As you progress through each Role, a wide vari­ety or themed activ­i­ties, unique items, skill and more will be avail­able.

These first three new Roles are not the only dra­mat­ic improve­ments to Red Dead Online. Rock­star also adjust­ed:

  • basic move­ments to be quick­er and more respon­sive dur­ing phas­es of com­bat and loco­mo­tion
  • the abil­i­ty to redesign your character’s appear­ance with­out reset­ting progress
  • greater dam­age resis­tance while in the Defen­sive play­ing style
  • new Abil­i­ty Cards
  • new Dai­ly Chal­lenges and Dai­ly Role Chal­lenges
  • more Dynam­ic Events across the fron­tier

Specialist Roles, Ranks and Progression

Each Role has dif­fer­ent activ­i­ties to pur­sue, items to obtain and skills to unlock. Addi­tion­al­ly, pay­outs for Cash and Gold will also dif­fer for each Role. More Fron­tier Pur­suits will be added, giv­ing new Roles and choic­es.

When com­plete­ing a Role’s activ­i­ty, you’ll earn XP for that Role. Com­plet­ing a boun­ty will earn you Boun­ty Hunter XP, find­ing a col­lectible will earn you Col­lec­tor XP, for some exam­ples. Roles can reach a rank of 20, with a new tier dis­tinc­tion every 5 ranks: Novice, Promis­ing, Estab­lished and Dis­tin­guished.

Unlock­ing a Role Rank will earn you Role Tokens and at a cer­tain Rank, new skills. Each tier also has a kit of items that are spe­cif­ic to the Role and be unlocked for pur­chase using Role Tokens.

For exam­ple, the Trader’s Novice Kit gives you access to sev­en Trad­er Role items, includ­ing a unique Sad­dle, Gun Belt and a Stew Pot (pro­vides fresh meals for your camp).

Play­ers that progress to Dis­tin­guished ranks will earn a range of new skills like advanced camp styles and com­forts; as well as rec­og­niz­able cloth­ing items that show off your accom­plish­ments in each dis­ci­pline.

The Bounty Hunter

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Meet the Leg­endary Boun­ty Hunter in Rhodes and pur­chase the Boun­ty Hunter License to start this Role. The license will cost 15 Gold Bars, but if you link your Twitch Prime account with a Social Club pro­file by Sep­tem­ber 8th it will be avail­able for free.

Boun­ty Hunters can pick up work by vis­it­ing boun­ty boards locat­ed near law offices, post offices and train sta­tions. Tar­gets range in dif­fi­cul­ty, with armed gangs or return­ing mul­ti­ple tar­gets can be made eas­i­er with a Posse. How­ev­er, they’ll also be get­ting a share of the boun­ty mon­ey. Return­ing tar­gets alive will yield a greater reward.

Major Changes Heading to Red Dead Online Soon

Reach­ing Rank 12 with the Boun­ty Hunter opens up oppor­tu­ni­ties to take down oth­er play­ers with boun­ties of $20 and up. Boun­ty Hunters will be noti­fied through and invite to hunt the want­ed play­er. That play­er must escape (or sur­ren­der) with­in an allot­ted time and if cap­tured, will also have a chance to escape and flee. If the Boun­ty Hunter brings the tar­get in alive, they’ll receive an award, while the cap­tured assailant serves time.

Major Changes Heading to Red Dead Online Soon

Unique Bounty Hunter Skills and Items

  • Focus: Tar­gets glow red in Eagle Eye
  • Rein­forced Las­so: A las­so made with rein­forced rope to keep boun­ties secure
  • Reverse Spin: Per­form a Reverse Spin with a sin­gle pis­tol or revolver
  • Ton­ics Satchel Upgrade: Store more items in your Ton­ics Pouch
  • Eagle Eye+: Track ene­mies while sprint­ing or gal­lop­ing
  • Spin Up: Per­form a Spin Up with a sin­gle pis­tol or revolver 
  • Kit Satchel Upgrade: Store more items in your Kit Pouch
  • Track­ing Arrow Pam­phlet: A pam­phlet recipe on how to craft Track­ing Arrows
  • Reverse Spin Up: Per­form a Reverse Spin Up with a sin­gle pis­tol or revolver
  • Duck­ing: Duck for pro­tec­tion while on horse­back
  • Bolas: A thrown weapon, per­fect for tan­gling the legs of boun­ties
  • Boun­ty Wag­on: A wag­on for secure­ly retain­ing boun­ty tar­gets
  • Per­cep­tion: Receive a noti­fi­ca­tion of boun­ties from a greater dis­tance
  • Alter­nat­ing Flips: Per­form Alter­nat­ing Flips with a sin­gle pis­tol or revolver
  • Dual Gun Spin­ning: Per­form gun spin­ning tricks with two pis­tols or revolvers

The Trader

Major Changes Heading to Red Dead Online Soon

Cripps, a trust­ed com­pan­ion at your camp, wants to start a trad­ing out­post. Become a part­ner in the Cripps Trad­ing Com­pa­ny for 15 Gold Bars, which buys you the Butcher’s Table and kick­starts your busi­ness. All PlaySta­tion 4 play­ers will get the Butcher’s Table for free.

Major Changes Heading to Red Dead Online Soon

Once up and run­ning, you’ll be pro­vid­ing Cripps with Mate­ri­als through hunt­ing — per­fect pelts and car­cass­es will give bet­ter yields. You’ll also have Resup­ply Mis­sions to acquire addi­tion­al items. Once sup­plied, Cripps will begin turn­ing the mate­ri­als into sell­able goods, which can then be sent out on low-risk deliv­ers for pay­ment or across greater dis­tances for a pre­mi­um (and high­er-risk).

Unique Trader Skills and Items

  • Stew Pot: A camp upgrade that unlocks stew recipes to boost cores
  • Ingre­di­ents Satchel Upgrade: Store more items in your Ingre­di­ents Pouch
  • Aware­ness: Iden­ti­fy rival Trad­er wag­ons at an increased range
  • Canine Warn­ing: Train your dog to warn of thieves raid­ing your camp
  • Medi­um and Large Deliv­ery Wag­ons: Upgrad­ed wag­ons that can hold more goods for trans­port
  • Weapons Lock­er: Store weapons for lat­er use
  • Lance Knife: A bespoke knife style avail­able to Traders only
  • Effi­cien­cy: Learn to increase the amount of usable mate­ri­als from per­fect car­cass­es
  • Mate­ri­als Satchel Upgrade: Store more items in your Mate­ri­als Pouch
  • Hunt­ing Wag­on: A stur­dy wag­on fit for car­ry­ing mul­ti­ple car­cass­es, hides and pelts
  • Pro­tec­tion: Reduce the chance of raids at your camp

The Collector

Major Changes Heading to Red Dead Online Soon

Seek out the mys­te­ri­ous trav­el­ing sales­woman, Madam Nazar, to buy the Collector’s Bag to begin down The Col­lec­tor path. It will cost, you guessed it, 15 Gold Bars. How­ev­er, if you’ve already col­lect­ed all 54 hid­den play­ing card in GTA Online, you can get the Collector’s Bag free of charge.

Major Changes Heading to Red Dead Online Soon

The bag allows you to col­lect and sell rare, valu­able items. Col­lect indi­vid­ual pieces and sell them off to Madam Nazar or col­lect entire sets for valu­able sales.

Unique Collector Skills and Items

  • Div­ina­tion: Sense when near col­lectibles
  • Pen­ning­ton Field Shov­el: An essen­tial tool for uncov­er­ing buried col­lectibles 
  • Poten­tial: Detect dis­turbed earth when using Eagle Eye
  • Intu­ition: Nar­row your search area
  • Horse Sad­dle­bag Upgrade: Car­ry more in your Horse’s sad­dle­bag 
  • Refined Binoc­u­lars: Spe­cial­ized binoc­u­lars that make dig sites glow from a great dis­tance
  • Águila Machete: A clas­sic machete restyled for the use of adven­tur­ous and bel­liger­ent Col­lec­tors
  • Met­al Detec­tor: An impor­tant tool which can iden­ti­fy col­lectibles buried under­ground
  • Equine Assis­tance: Col­lect herbs from horse­back
  • Horse Lantern: Light the path ahead with a lantern attached to your horse’s breast­plate
  • Valu­ables Satchel Upgrade: Store more items in your Valu­ables Pouch

Aside from the mas­sive changes, Rock­star also men­tioned some of the new fea­tures and game­play updates play­ers can expect on Sep­tem­ber 10th, includ­ing:

  • new Role Free Roam Events unlocked as you progress through each Role
  • addi­tion­al Sta­ble slots
  • improved sell­ing prices of Jew­el­ry
  • lootable con­tain­ers in ambi­ent wag­ons
  • more cus­tom out­fit slots
  • abil­i­ty to name saved Out­fits in your wardrobe
  • weapon rebal­anc­ing to reduce reliance on head­shots as the pri­ma­ry kill method in PvP

Source: Rock­star