Red Dead Online Microtransactions Now Live

Rockstar starts monetizing the Red Dead Online beta, players are not happy

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Red Dead Online Microtransactions Now Live

Red Dead Online Microtransactions Now Live

Rockstar Games yesterday flipped the monetization switch in Red Dead Redemption 2’s online mode, despite the content being in beta testing phases. This move is particularly interesting as the devs continually update and tweak Red Dead Online’s in-game economy, meaning the time-grind values may not remain static even after players spend money. Gamers earn $RDO cash and gold pieces for doing activities, missions, and completing objectives. 100 gold pieces can be transformed into one gold bar, or users can simply buy gold bars to avoid the grind.

As Rockstar detailed on its blog, Red Dead Online’s in-game store is now live as part of the latest update, giving players the option to purchase gold using real-world money. The gold is sold in various bundles, ranging from 25 bars ($10) to 350 bars ($100). You can see the prices for each bundle below:

Red Dead Online gold bars – US prices:

  • One-time offer – 25 gold bars for $4.99
  • 25 gold bars for $9.99
  • 55 gold bars $19.99
  • 150 gold bars for $49.99
  • 245 gold bars for $74.99
  • 350 gold bars for $99.99

Red Dead Online gold bars – UK prices:

  • One-time offer – 25 gold bars for £4.49
  • 25 gold bars for £8.99
  • 55 gold bars £18.49
  • 150 gold bars for £44.99
  • 245 gold bars for £69.99
  • 350 gold bars for £89.99

In addition to these bundles, Rockstar is offering a special one-time deal on 25 gold bars for $5. The developer is also gifting everyone who has participated in the Red Dead Online beta thus far an additional 15 gold bars. To qualify for this gift, you’ll need to play the mode by Thursday, December 20. Rockstar says that all gold bars should be delivered to players by December 24.

What can you do with Red Dead Online gold bars?

Many customization options for your character’s clothing, your guns, your horse tack, and camp visuals can only be purchased with gold bars. Yes, that includes many of the fanciest varieties of hats. However, Rockstar has made more items available for purchase with dollars (the non-premium currency which is much easier to earn in game) than when Red Dead Online first went live. You’ll make your virtual cowpoke’s life much more lush if you pay up for gold bars, but it isn’t required to make progress in the game.