Red Dead Redemption 2 news for PS4 and Xbox One gamers
The countdown has begun for the release of the next major update for Red Dead Redemption 2 Online, on both PS4 and Xbox One.
Rockstar Games have promised that new content and features are being worked on, based both on their own set plans and from things learnt from fan feedback.
And it shouldn’t be long before these new ideas are revealed in full by the development team.
January is set to be the month for the next major RDR2 beta release, with plenty of scope for expanding Red Dead Redemption 2 multiplayer mode.
And while the beta is still firmly in place, all players are now able to create their own character and choose their adventures, away from the sprawling story mode.
And from the looks of the latest sales reports, there are plenty of potential Red Dead Online players waiting for the next major update.
So what can we expect to change in Red Dead 2 Online and when will the RDR2 beta end?
RED DEAD ONLINE UPDATE PLANS IN 2019
It appears that Rockstar is going to have a massive potential audience for Red Dead Online.
New data from the UK has revealed that Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the best selling games of 2018.
And it should be noted that it only launched at the end of October, providing just a few short months.
From the information released regarding UK physical sales of the game, Red Dead 2 sold around 1.75 million copies last year.
That puts it in second place behind FIFA 19 and in a very strong position to expand profits further through Red Dead Online content.
But first, Rockstar needs to start offering up compelling new content for the multiplayer beta.
The multiplayer player mode currently only offers stuff that is almost identical to the story mode and is something that will need to change to keep players engaged.
The good news is that Rockstar has confirmed their plans to launch new content, as well as new anti-troll features that should help cut down on griefing among players.
New weapons are expected to be added later this month, as well as new cosmetic items for your character.
Without offering a release date, it appears new wagons boasting mounted weapons might be some of the first stuff to be revealed.
New content is coming to Red Dead Online
A “War Wagon” would certainly help when it comes to some of the tougher missions, although this might be more suited to roaming around the map.
Properties have also been discovered, with around ten different locations expected to be added in the future.
A lot of this information comes from data mining efforts, meaning Rockstar could have entirely different plans.
RED DEAD ONLINE MAP EXPANSION OR DLC?
A new area has been found that appears to have been cut from the final release of RDR2.
It can be found at the top of the map and includes its own wildlife to hunt and special effects to engage with.
Ice walls and frozen lakes have been found by players who have managed to glitch into the area.
The fact that this place remains locked suggests that Rockstar Games won’t be using it for the time being.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Online is currently in beta
However, there’s a chance this could be something made available in the future.
While Red Dead Redemption 2 DLC is always a possibility, Red Dead Online has the potential of making more money.
GTA Online never saw the use of map expansions but RDR2 is supposed to be a different experience and something like that would certainly offer something new to fans.
If you have played the story, you know the map pretty well and will be hoping for further expansions in the future.
Players are also hoping for DLC expansions, like what was found in the original Red Dead Redemption.
Undead Nightmare was a huge hit with fans, who are hoping that a few of the recently found Easter Eggs in the game point to it being added in the future.
Players have found Zombie-like corpses on the map, among other outlandish finds.
There’s also a barn which warns against it being open because it contains the dead inside.
DLC will always be welcomed for a game as big as RDR2 but an Undead Nightmare event for the Online mode would also prove very popular.
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 at least early 2019.
“As with any Beta period, we plan to take the time necessary throughout to make Red Dead Online a complete, fun and fully-functional experience, which may take several weeks or months as we continually work to fix bugs, improve systems and implement player feedback into current or future plans.”
Rockstar Games are expected to offer a 2019 roadmap on what they have planned for Red Dead Redemption 2, which will hopefully be shared in the coming weeks with PS4 and Xbox One gamers.