Red Dead Online is now just $5 as a standalone product, plus the bounty hunter expansion is live

    
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If you haven’t played Red Dead Online yet because you didn’t want to shell out for Red Dead Redemption 2, now is the time to act: Rockstar has now made good on its plan to offer Red Dead Online as a standalone product, and it’s cheap as heck too right now at just $4.99 through February 15th. The deal’s on the PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store, Rockstar Games Launcher, Epic Games Store, and Steam.

This week’s update brought more than just a rock-bottom price, however. There’s also the release of the Outlaw Pass and the new bounty hunting role.

“The Prestigious Bounty Hunter License adds 10 new Ranks of progression atop the 20 from the Bounty Hunter Role Ranks with high level items and skills to acquire, new weapon variants and horses, Infamous Bounty targets on the Bounty Boards and more. The Prestigious Bounty Hunter License can be purchased from any Bounty Board by anyone who holds a Bounty Hunter License. And should you reach Bounty Hunter Rank 30, you’ll continue to accumulate Bounty Hunter XP – which can be traded for RDO$ and Gold in the Awards Menu. Plus, newcomers can take 5 Gold Bars off the Bounty Hunter License to get started on the Specialist Role, while all Bounty Hunters can take 40% off Bounty Hunter items up to Rank 20.”

Rockstar rolled up three new videos for each of its shinies this week; we’ve included them all below.

Source: Official site, press release
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rafael12104

Hmm. Interesting.

So, recently, I read (I can’t remember where) that devs were going to stop sustaining development for RDR2 Online. And given the problems and limitations plus this last gasp of a cash grab, it all makes sense.

However, there are a few potential heroes that might yet save RDR2O. Enter mod communities like 5M.

As many of you know RP mod development of GTAO has been very successful. Servers like NoPixel have popped up and created a new form of entertainment and game play. These servers are tightly moderated, of course, and have developed tools and in game rules specifically for the facilitation of RP. And wow! It is fun to just watch if not outright play.

So, I know 5M in conjunction with groups like Nopix have already created RP servers which are whitelisted. And while they are just starting to add the functionality of systems like their GTAO counter parts they already provide a worlds to inhabit and create your own story.

Could this seemingly lack of support from Rock Star open the door even further for 5M and others to open up fantastic worlds to join and watch?

Yes! It is already well on its way!

Look for RDR2 RP on twitch and you will see what I mean. TFRP is one server that seems pretty solid.

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Andrew Schwartz

I play a lot on Xbox. The griefing isn’t bad and easily thwarted through different strategies. Especially if you play in a posse as the game was meant to be played. It’s a good online game to dabble in because the world is amazing. But not something to spend all of your online gaming hours because Rockstar can’t seem to figure out how to deliver a true Wild West fantasy online. They’ve done it in spades for the single player which is a true masterpiece. But online is merely ok.

And as far as the gold bar nerf, they need to make money and I understand the reason. The problem is that they have yet to release any content worth my money. If they did that, I wouldn’t mind the gold bar nerf.

Anyway, a bit of balance to the negativity and hyperbole.

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Turing fail

But I can get ganked in EVE for free…

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

This is really so their terrible population can have alts on the cheap to keep being terrible. no thanks.

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Dug From The Earth

5 dollars is such a low entry fee for jerks looking to just run around and grief people

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EmberStar

I don’t play, and probably never will. But some of the griefing is just unreal. I’ve seen Youtube videos bring it up, usually because it’s just *so* malicious and bizarre. Like, I think there was one where the hackers could scoot around in a hot air balloon, target you, and spawn invincible two-headed skeletons on you or something? And the usual ones where they can cause an enemy to drop obviously hacked loot, possibly getting someone *else* banned if they pick it up. That one’s always fun.

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Sarah Cushaway

It’s so bad that if one of these modders/hackers target you, they blow you up over and over so quickly you don’t even have time to hit your menu key and log out. You have to force-quit your game.

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Vanquesse V

I’ve played RDO for ~135 hours and I’ve had a hacker in my instance once or twice that I know of. YMMV

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Sarah Cushaway

I had a hacker every other session to the point where I got sick of dealing with it.

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Vanquesse V

As someone who loves RDO: double middle fingers to Rockstar for constantly flip flopping between doing nothing for the game, and making it worse.
The nerf to login streaks was very stupid and specifically punishes their biggest fans – the people you absolutely want on your side.
Not only does the battle pass not pay out the full cost if you buy after next week, but the rewards this time around are incredibly thin. Fewer overall rewards, and much less in terms of clothing options, oh and they decided to lock the option to fast travel from your survival camp (that you can summon almost anywhere) behind hitting level 97.

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Sarah Cushaway

As a huge RDR2 fan who played RDO for a few weeks: Don’t. It’s garbage, ESPECIALLY on the PC where hackers and modders run the servers and will absolutely fuck up your game time. Also, they’ve nerfed how players can make gold in an attempt to funnel them into the overpriced shop. Also, the gameplay itself is -really- shallow and stupid. Every activity is basically: grind these boring and timed and repetitive chores for cash so you can upgrade your horse or guns or costume so you can go out and grind more to buy more crap.

There are no bank robberies. There’s no real element of sandbox exploration or play. There’s nothing much to do except grind role quests or dailies, and even now the dailies aren’t worth it from the gold nerf (and people are PISSED– check out the reddit forums or Youtube reviews on this– community is not happy AT ALL).

That’s it. There’s no meaningful gameplay -at all- even if you can dodge the hackers and PK’ers. Stick to storymode. It’s FAR better.

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Ben Griggs

There’s an impressions piece coming out later this week that you might enjoy :D

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Dug From The Earth

wish they had a private mode, where you could just play online with a couple friends

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Sarah Cushaway

The community has been begging for that since RDO went live. The PC hackers absolutely ruin it for others on the public servers.

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Schmidt.Capela

On the PC there seems to be a way by adding a few extra config files to the game folder — people with identical configs will only see each other — but it’s not supported and R* could easily detect and ban players doing that if they so wanted.

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Sarah Cushaway

Keywords: if they so wanted.
They don’t, because it happens all the time, unfortunately.

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Schmidt.Capela

For that one I would say fortunately. Because, as far as I can tell, lobbies that are either solo or restricted to just friends make the game infinitely better for part of the player base.

Heck, I almost purchased the lower-priced RDO due to knowing that; what prevented me from pulling the trigger was that the game has a season (outlaw) pass, and I hate that kind of thing (as well as anything else that makes me feel like I’m wasting money when not playing the game).

I have to put the disclaimer anyway because while it’s unlikely R* will take action against it, there’s always the possibility that they do.

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I never played RDR2 despite it being on my must-play list (playing a solo RPG instead of an MMO is just too hard for me), but after seeing the direction that GTAO went, I don’t think anyone could have expected anything different from RDO.

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wratts

The solo RDR2 is an absolute must-play. It’s so rare that as I’m playing a game I can see the end coming and I just don’t want it to

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Sarah Cushaway

^ That. I’m notoriously picky about games, but RDR2 was amazing. The writing makes me weep for what we COULD have (talent and care-wise) in MMORPGs, but for some reason don’t.

Same with the world. It’s f*cking gorgeous.
Same with mounts– your horse is more than a vehicle to zoom around on–it’s a very important companion and they do have personalities based on breeds and types.

But RDO? Is soulless garbage unfortunately :(

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Turing fail

Curious- lost sooo many horses to mountain lions playing RDR1, they died too easily IMO. Is it harder to lose a horse in RDR2?

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Sarah Cushaway

Yes, but it’s still possible. They have horse revivers now that work in MOST situations except the most extreme: hit by train, fall from a high, high cliff (and even then it will work -sometimes-), or drowning. I’ve never lost an animal to a cougar attack or bear attack or wolf attack, but I’ve lost a few in gun fights and was able to revive them. One got hit by a train because it decided to wander onto the tracks (unusual, but it does happen) when I was skinning something.

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Sarah Cushaway

I was literally the same way UNTIL I grabbed RDR2 on sale last March. Now :p it’s impossible for me to enjoy MMOs seeing how LAZY their writing and design is compared to a game like RDR2.

RDO though is just :( ugh.