In October last year, Red Dead Redemption 2 launched to much critical acclaim. At the end of November, we also saw the launch of the Red Dead Online Beta, an online mode for you to cowboy about. Rockstar announced today that Red Dead Online is now officially out of the beta phase. But what does this mean for you, the player?
First, there are new co-op missions. If you played Red Dead Redemption 2, you would have noticed that there is an “honour meter” which changes based on your actions. Decide to rob that old lady and your honour goes down. But help her find her missing necklace and you will be her knight in shining armour. Red Dead Online has a similar concept and the co-op missions you unlock will vary based on your level of honour. This update will also see you playing detective as you further investigate the death of Mrs LeClerk’s husband.
If you miss the ol’ gang from the main story, you can expect to see some of them around town in the new Free Roam Missions that are rolling out. You can enjoy going on a variety of “new and diverse missions” with your favourite gunslingers. They have also added some smaller Dynamic Events where you will encounter some town folk in need of a favour. These random events are some of my favourite experiences in the main game. It really gives you the feeling of just stumbling across a friend in need.
Defensive vs offensive playstyle
Sometimes you just want to be hunt, fish and bond with your horse. So instead of the default offensive modes, where you can attack and be attacked, the defensive mode gives players the opportunity to explore the world, instead of engaging in conflict. “Players in defensive mode 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 being targeted in PvP-related missions such as Player Assassination.” Rockstar seems to want to create an experience that gives you the opportunity to not just be an outlaw but simply be immersed in the beauty of the world they have created.
What’s ahead for Red Dead Online?
Rockstar promises to keep on adding new modes in the coming months. The most exciting one for me is the Railroad Baron free roam event, where players will capture cars on a moving train. Time to go full Indiana Jones!
However, this is not all. To get the full immersive online RPG experience, “players will be able to take on the first three of a series of new roles: track down wanted criminals as a bounty hunter; search the world for treasure, and other exotic items to sell as a collector; or build a business at camp as a trader and more. Each new role will come with a range of unique gameplay along with a host of new outfits, weapons and other rewards to earn.”
“Enjoy the challenge of wrangling outlaws? Become a bounty hunter. Prefer the more primal thrill of tracking animals? Turn those valuable pelts into a trading business. Do you tend to lose yourself exploring the open world? Perhaps you can pursue a career as a collector. Players can invest time in multiple roles either playing solo or cooperatively, and each offers opportunities for honorable and dishonorable actions. The more time you invest in a role, the more unique rewards like weapons, outfits, and gadgets you can earn.”
At the moment, the possibilities of Red Dead Online seem endless. With completely new modes and even new storylines being added on a regular basis, it is definitely set to become one of the most immersive online experiences out there. I am pretty sure that if they add a VR mode we could be very close to a gaming version of Westworld.
If you would like to read more about the latest update, feel free to visit Rockstar’s website.