Big new updates are being planned for Red Dead Redemption 2 Online on PS4 and Xbox One.
While the mode remains in beta, plenty can be changed before a full launch later in 2019.
Future expansions are in the works, and Rockstar Games has confirmed that they are looking at fan feedback.
This week saw Rockstar’s latest changes released for RDR2 multiplayer, adding a new online mode and hinting at new gameplay features to come.
The RDR2 beta will remain in place for a few more months, meaning that plenty is still being planned.
It was about time Rockstar revealed some of their plans for the future, as not much had been shared over recent weeks.
So what is coming next to Red Dead 2 Online and how long will the RDR2 beta last?
THE LATEST RED DEAD REDEMPTION ONLINE EXPANSIONS
The main piece of this week’s Red Dead Redemption 2 Online update was Gun Rush, a mode not unlike Battle Royale.
Players gather weapons and ammunition while the play area shrinks and the 32-player count gets reduced quickly.
It’s a nice touch to online mode – offering Free-for-all and Team variations – but it isn’t exactly the content players have been crying out for.
Players had been hoping for some more substantial changes, such as new weapons and ways to make multiplayer cash.
But while players didn’t receive all that this week it appears Rockstar Games have plenty primed for the future.
WHAT’S COMING NEXT TO PS4 AND XBOX ONE?
Rockstar Games has outlined their plans for their next updates, although they haven’t confirmed in what order things will be released.
It sounds like new Races and Showdown Modes are coming, activities that will prove less popular than the other stuff Rockstar has planned.
This includes fresh clothing to buy and emotes to unlock, as well new Daily Challenges that will help keep players busy.
Rockstar’s bounty system is also changing, with an allotted time being added to pay it off before things start escalating and ending with bounty hunters from each of the states tracking the player, forcing them to either pay up or escape.
The Parley system is also getting an overhaul as part of the beta, while the developers are adding Feud options.
Hopefully, these new features will drop with more exciting stuff that Rockstar has planned.
Having only revealed that it will be released during 2019, it’s hard to say when new story missions will be made part of the game.
Other new content coming to PS4 and Xbox One includes a range of Dynamic Events and new weapons to wield.
The most interesting line for the latest Rockstar statement is the one confirming that they will have a lot more to announce in the future.
So what other secret new content could Rockstar Games be working on?
New “War Wagons” boasting mounted weapons might be one of those projects, although these might also be part of an upcoming mission.
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 change their plans.
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.
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.
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 Spring 2019.
“Red Dead Online will stay in beta for a few more months yet as we have many more new gameplay features to add across the board as well as further changes to improve, stabilise and refine the overall experience,” the latest message from Rockstar confirms.
PS4 and Xbox One gamers will be hoping to see a steady stream of new content for Red Dead Online, throughout and beyond the end of the beta period.