Rockstar has revealed that Red Dead Online's beta period has ended, which comes not too long after Take-Two said it would release in this quarter, ending on June 31.
The studio will continue to iterate and improve upon the foundations laid, but the new update brings a whole load of new content, incluiding new missions in the revenge saga of Jessica LeClerk, as well as more free roam missions, like meeting Thomas the Skiff Captain in Bayou Nwa.
Competitive fishing is even available in one of the three new posse versus challenges, or you could do some bird shooting or herb picking. When you're not competing though, you may want to help citizens in need of assistance, as these encounters offer rewards like cash, XP, and honor. Poker tables can host invite-only games of Hold 'Em too, so there's plenty to see and do when you're not fighting.
If you are fighting though, you might want to head into the new showdown mode, called Overrun. Here you need to claim as much territory as you can, and the new LeMat Revolver may well help you do it, available at the Wheeler, Rawson and Co. catalog.
More clothing items and emotes have arrived with the update too, and all players who jump in this week get a gift of 15 Gold Bars along with a 25% XP increase on A Land of Opportunities, free roam missions, showdown modes, races, and free roam events. 25% extra cash and gold is available in chests too, with all Ultimate Edition owners getting a gift of $100 and the throat slit emote.
You can choose offensive and defensive playing styles in the player menu as well, with the latter letting players know you don't want to fight, minimising griefing opportunities. Player radar and visibility improvements are also being continued, and auto-aim headshot tracking has been removed for enemy players too.
In the weeks ahead we'll also see even more content like new showdown modes, free roam characters, clothing, and more, coming to PS4 and Xbox One on May 21 (with PS4 Early Access content also on the way). On May 28 we can expect the Head for the Hills showdown mode and the Wild Animal Kills free roam challenge, with June 4 ushering in the Railroad Baron free roam event. June 11, however, brings the Sport of Kings showdown mode.
For the extensive patch notes on the launch out of beta, check here. Have you been keeping up with Red Dead Online?