Red Dead Online

All is quiet on the western front. In fact, when it comes to Red Dead Online, the multiplayer component of Rockstar Games’ massive Red Dead Redemption 2, all has been much too quiet for far too long.

But today Rockstar has finally broken its deafening silence, announcing that an update to their popular open-world cowboy sim is due to mosey onto PS4, Xbox One, and PC on July 28th, 2020. That’s just a few days from now.

The announcement is light on details but here’s the elevator pitch:

For Red Dead Online, players can expect a massive new update to arrive Tuesday, July 28th featuring a new Frontier Pursuit that will introduce players to the secrets of naturalism as part of an all-new Role, plus a new Outlaw Pass, tons of community-requested features and fixes, and much more to play and discover in the months to come.

The community has been begging for new content for months, and Rockstar has been casually mentioning it for a good while now. But the time has finally come.

Red Dead Online

The Outlaw Pass is Red Dead Online‘s version of Modern Warfare‘s Battle Pass. Players buy into it with Gold Bars (RDO‘s premium currency), and will then grind through 100 tiers of progression, each tier unlocking goodies (many of which are exclusive to the Outlaw Pass). Outlaw Pass Season 2 had a 40-Gold-Bar buy-in, so we’re speculating that the upcoming Season 3 will be similarly priced.

As for the new Frontier Pursuit Role, Rockstar promised to “introduce players to the secrets of naturalism,” which is pretty nebulous. There has been speculation for quite some time now that there would be an element of photography to the next role, which might play into the naturalist role somehow (photographing wildlife, perhaps?) In fact, ol’ Cripps might have spilled the beans on that one.

If photography is the basis for the new role, then I am most certainly on board. I’ve been taking pictures of nature in game for a long while now, and tacking a financial incentive onto my little hobby would have me coming back to Red Dead Online in a jiffy.

So what are the community-requested fixes and features? It’s hard to say. The game’s last major update was back in December, which means it feels like it came out in a completely different world (and I suppose it did). That means there are seven months worth of community requests that Rockstar could be referring to. For example, back in March, there were supposedly some references to legendary animals and shooting ranges found in RDO‘s game code, so those are two possibilities. Either way, let’s hope this update addresses an enormous number of these requests. We’ve been waiting so long.

When this content launches next week, you can bet your ten-gallon hat that you’ll see the Half-Glass Gaming gang out on them dusty trails, rootin’ and a tootin’. Follow the PixelPixelRadio Twitch channel if you’d like to spectate, chat, or even drop into the game with us.

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