New Red Dead Redemption 2 Online freebies are available to fans on PS4 and Xbox One.
But fans seem more hungry for the game’s first real killer update to be launched on consoles.
It appears fans are less interested in seeing new matchmaking changes for Gun Rush and free Gold Bars, as they are for new story missions and activities.
Red Dead Online is still too much like the single-player experience, albeit, without the unique events or NPC count.
Rockstar Games are giving away free gold bars this weekend for those who log in.
Active players will receive 5 Gold Bars for their efforts, a deal which will be available between Friday, January 25 and Sunday, January 27.
This new gold will be added to your total at the end of the month and can be saved for when a big update is launched.
Rockstar Games has provided a short overview of what will be released next, some of which sounds more exciting than others.
New Races and Showdown Modes are coming, activities that will no doubt prove less popular than the other stuff Rockstar has planned.
This includes fresh clothing to buy and emotes to unlock, as well new Daily Challenges that will help keep players busy.
Rockstar’s bounty system is also changing, with an allotted time being added to pay it off before things start escalating and ending with bounty hunters from each of the states tracking the player, forcing them to either pay up or escape.
Other confirmed updates include new story missions being added to the game, which are sorely needed.
Here’s the latest from Rockstar, who confirm in a new statement: “Our teams are currently working on lots of fixes, changes and improvements to the game based on player feedback including the quality of life improvements that we detailed in our last status update: Proximity-Based Player Blips, Parley Changes with quicker access to Feuding, Law and Bounty Improvements to discourage griefing while introducing a new Free roam dynamic between bounty hunters and criminal rogues, plus Daily Challenges with gold nugget rewards and more.
Rockstar signed off without offering anything but a rough schedule on when these new features will arrive in 2019, adding:
“We are currently planning to have these and other improvements to the game included in a Title Update scheduled for release in the coming months – we’ll provide more information as we get closer to the date.”
And fans are certainly ready to see new stuff added to the game, with one user posting online: “Communication-wise, there is nothing, zero, there is not even a hint to what’s coming except for more showdown maps and a couple of races.
“They should flesh out the world, add events we can participate in. Not the constant PvP focus. because if it stays that way, there are better PvP games.”
It’s fair to say that there are plenty of fans still enjoying Red Dead Online, many who probably remember the early days of GTA Online.
Grinding the same missions and doing the same activities was something that happened with that experience, before slowly growing into what it is today.
So what could be coming next to Red Dead Redemption 2 multiplayer that Rockstar hasn’t mentioned yet?
New “War Wagons” with mounted weapons and armour plating have been reported, although it’s unclear if this is something next to the game.
Properties have also been discovered, with around ten different locations expected to be added in the future.
Some fans are also hoping for new map expansions, be it in Red Dead Redemption 2 multiplayer, or as some kind of DLC.
WHEN DOES THE RDR2 BETA END?
Rockstar Games has confirmed that the current multiplayer mode is in the beta phase of testing.
This means that it isn’t the finished product and could likely suffer from issues connected with server crashes and gameplay bugs.
And it sounds like the RDR2 beta might not end for some time. A recent message from the development team confirmed it could last months.
This would mean that Red Dead Online beta testing would not end until Spring 2019.
“Red Dead Online will stay in beta for a few more months yet as we have many more new gameplay features to add across the board as well as further changes to improve, stabilise and refine the overall experience,” the latest message from Rockstar confirms.
Fans are hoping that Rockstar is keeping their biggest plans secret until they are ready to release them, with Red Dead Online offering plenty of room for expansion in 2019.