Today, Rockstar officially announced Red Dead Online is no longer in the beta phase. This news came along with a large update, which brought world updates, new missions, poker and more. A range of improvements have also been made to stabilize Red Dead Online.
Rockstar thanked everyone who participated in the beta, stating, “feedback has been instrumental in helping us fine tune the game so far with many of your suggestions implemented in today’s update.”
They also mentioned Red Dead Online will continue to see improvements to the “core elements” of the world, but also brand-new experiences that establish a “deeper, more immersive connection to the world and your character.”
New Co-op Missions
A Land of Opportunities continues the saga of Jessica LeClerk, for both honorable and dishonorable players. You’ll be helping Mrs. LeClerk get closer to the truth behind the murder of her husband. In the Gunslinger path, battle the Del Lobos gang and help Marshall Davies save Valentine.
In the Outlaw path, outsmart lawmen to assist Samson Finch in the robbery of the Saint Denis Bank. Both paths will lead to a rendezvous in Blackwater where you’ll meet a dangerous enemy.
Free Roam Missions
Free Roam Missions are expanded today, with new characters from the story of Red Dead Redemption 2 and a variety of mission types. You and your posse can meet with Thomas the Skiff Captain for honest work or visit Aberdeen Pig Farms to “get your hands extremely dirty”.
Posse Versus Challenges
Competitive fishing is now available on-demand in one of the three new Posse Versus Challenges. Posse leaders can use the Player Menu to start competitions in the Biggest Fish Contest, the Bird Shooting Contest, or the Herb Picking Contest.
Random encounters with townsfolk and travelers, either in need of assistance or looking to rob people blind, has also been added to Red Dead Online. Many of these encounters offer XP, Honor, Cash and even Gold Rewards.
Poker tables can now be found at towns and outposts across the map. You can challenge your friends to a private, invite-only game or take a seat at a Public table, where buy-ins and rewards are higher. All poker tables seat up to six players and is currently available in five locations:
- Saint Denis
- Flatneck Station
Overrun Showdown Mode
In this new Showdown mode, claim as much land as you can, capturing territory from your opponents, while defending your own. Whoever holds the most land at the end, wins.
LeMat Revolver, Clothing and More
The LeMat Revolver has a 9-round revolving chamber and a secondary barrel for one buckshot round. You can switch between rapid-fire bullets and a shotgun shell, now available from the Wheeler, Rawson and Co. Catalogue.
Some highly requested clothing options, including Ponchos, patterned Bandanas and more — have also been added today. New emotes like Throat Slit and Flip Off, have also been added to the inventory. The Catalogue’s inventory will be coming and going often, so check in every week to see what’s new.
Right now, all player who jump into Red Dead Online this week will get a gift of 15 Gold Bars and a 25% increase of XP on A Land of Opportunities, Free Roam Missions, Showdown Modes, Races and Free Roam Events. There will also be a 25% extra Cash and Gold in chests containing them. All Ultimate Edition owners will also be getting a gift of RDO$100 and the Throat Slit emote for free.
Today’s update also brings changes to how you interact with players inside the world of Red Dead Online. You now have the option to choose between an Offensive or Defensive playing style, which can be adjusted in the Player Menu.
Offensive is set as the default and is how “most players traditionally interact in Free Roam.” This allows players to engage in a hostile way towards other players.
The Defensive play style is for those who would rather explore in Free Roam than engage in conflict. It’s designed to let other players known you don’t want any trouble, and minimizes opportunities for griefing. Defensive players will not be alerted to PvP Free Roam missions and can not be pulled into them while in Defensive mode.
Players in Defensive mode can be seen with a shield icon, will take reduced damage from enemy players, cannot be lassoed, melee attacked, executed or targeted with auto-aim. Defensive players will also be excluded from targeted PvP-related missions, such as Player Assassination. For those who attack Defensive players, you can expect hefty penalties via the Hostility system. Players who initiate conflict while in Defensive mode will be instantly pulled out and also receive similar Hostility penalties.
The Hostility System
This system tracks aggressive behavior across both playing styles, making hostile players visible to others. It also helps to balance the needs of players who “want to get away from others who habitually attack or kill during unstructured Free Roam gameplay.”
The blip changing color based on the hostility of the player, hasn’t changed. However, players will now never receive Hostility or Bounty increase for defending themselves against a player who is blipped as an enemy, or for killing high Hostility players.
You can view your current Hostility level through the Player Menu. As you become more hostile, you also become more visible on other player’s radars at longer distances. You’ll also respawn further and further away from your point of death. At the highest level of Hostility, you’ll respawn in a different region.
Hostility increases don’t apply within structured events. Engaging in bad behavior related to Free Roam missions will no incur Hostility increases while in the Offensive play style. However, attacking players not engaged in the activity will cause your Hostility to rise.
Balancing and Improvements
Removed Auto-Aim Headshot Tracking (Enemy Players Only): This subtle but important change affects the way players can earn headshots against rival players. While auto-aim still tracks to the center mass of an enemy player, you will no longer be able to simply flick up on the Right Stick to gain a headshot. This makes earning headshots slightly more challenging, which in turn makes competitive gameplay such as Showdown series more rewarding and balanced.
Faster Weapon Swaps/Instant Projectile Lighting: We have increased the speed of weapon swaps across the board, including instant projectile lighting to make throwing fire bottles and dynamite faster.
New Control Scheme – “FPS2”: In response to community feedback we’ve added a new control scheme FPS2 (+variants). This follows our ‘FPS’ layout but moves sprint to [R1] and crouch to [X]. (This option is available in both Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online).
Daily Challenge Updates: In response to your feedback, we’ve removed all PvP-related Daily Challenges from Free Roam and added a number of new Daily Challenges and Rewards, including Challenge Streaks with progressively increasing Gold rewards.
New Awards: Several new awards in Free Roam have been added including awards associated with the latest gameplay.
Global Signal Timers: Players tackling Free Roam Missions will have a bit more flexibility to operate with an increased global signal timer and a reduced range at which players are signaled.
Press Charges: When a lower Hostility player is killed without retaliating they will have an option to “Press Charges” during the respawn period, which will enforce an increase on their attacker’s Hostility and Bounty value. Press Charges is not available if you are a high Hostility player or marked as an enemy to the player who killed you.
Horse Specialty Selection: You can now use the Player Menu to preset which of your owned horses you would like to use in Free Roam, Races, Showdown Modes and on missions.
Increased Gold Payouts: We have adjusted the economy to increase Gold payouts across the board, with most Gold-earning activities now awarding up to double the previous amount. Starting today for a limited time, players will also receive 1 Gold Bar per rank they progress.
Exclusive PlayStation Plus Offer*
PS4 players without a PlayStation Plus subscription will be able to play Red Dead Online from now until May 27th. All PS4 players will see Early Access content coming soon.
You can see more about what lies ahead for Red Dead Online, here.