Red Dead Online Update Adds New Weapons, New Microtransactions

Read Dead Online’s first major update dropped today, bringing new modes, clothing, weapons, and changes to the game.

Gameplay Changes

Daily challenges have finally been added to Red Dead Online, providing players with a steady supply of XP and gold nuggets. Dailies range from hunting to PvP, and completing all seven on a given day will net players bonus XP and gold.

Player blips don’t show up on the map unless they’re nearby, and voice chat range has been lowered as well. Parleys and feuds between posses have been streamlined, only requiring one kill to be able to trigger a feud or parley.

The law system has been completely reworked. Players can now earn bounties and will be pursued by bounty hunters if they have a high enough price on their head.

Weapons and Customization

Two new guns were added in today’s update: the Evans Repeater and the Rare Shotgun. The Evans Repeater is a medium to long range rifle, while the Rare Shotgun is a variant of the double-barreled shotgun with brass engravings. PS4 players also get early access to the Jawbone Knife.

An assortment of new clothing options ranging from boots to hats to coats were added as well. In addition, shop catalogues will be updated weekly with new, limited time items.

Image Credit: Rockstar Games

New to Red Dead Online are emotes. Some can be purchased with in-game cash with prices reaching upwards of $300, while other are locked behind gold payments, the most expensive of which being 13 gold bars.

New Game Modes

A new free roam event called Fool’s Gold was added. One player wears a protective suit of golden armor, and whoever takes that player down earns the armor for themselves. Whoever has the most kills while wearing the armor wins.

You can now take part in fishing challenges in Red Dead Online, much to our delight. Opting into a challenge with supply you with the appropriate bait and equipment, and you’re scored by the total weight of all the fish you catch.

Image Credit: Rockstar Games

Rockstar has stated that new game modes will arrive in Red Dead Online each week, with this week’s new game mode being Target Races, where players race on horseback while attempting to shoot targets with a bow or any weapons they may pick up. Target Races are exclusively available on PS4 for the time being.

Three new showdown modes were teased for the coming future: Up in Smoke, Spoils of War, and Plunder, all involving players teaming up to “capture and deliver bags, steal loot from each other and survive” according to Rockstar. A Featured Series section will be added to the multiplayer menu too, so players can try out the latest game modes.


Red Dead Redemption 2 is currently on sale for $40 at Amazon, which is an incredible price for a game we can’t recommend enough. Will you be playing Red Dead Online? Be sure to let us know down below, and follow us on Twitter for quick and easy updates.

Author: Diego Perez

When he's not playing video games, Diego's talking about video games, and he does both a lot.

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