Red Dead Online has finally achieved its perfect form with its latest patch by enabling microtransactions.
Title Update 1.05 now lets players purchase gold bars, Red Dead Online‘s paid currency, from an in-game store and use that to buy weapons, cosmetics, horse equipment, and more, even if their characters haven’t reached the required level.
To give players a small taste, developer Rockstar Games is gifting any player who’s logged on to Read Dead Online before December 20th 15 free gold bars in addition to the gold bars it’s already given away. That might not sound like a lot, but a few gold bars can actually go a long way in Red Dead Online. It’s 1899, after all.
Certain players are also getting some free RDO$ with this latest update. Players who purchased the special edition will get RDO$100, while ultimate edition owners will get RDO$1,000. On top of that, anyone who preordered the game will get an extra RDO$100.
The update has also provided general stability improvements and exploit fixes, though Rockstar didn’t detail what those fixes were.
Players targeted Red Dead Online‘s economy as one of its major downsides at launch, claiming that missions paid way too little and stuff in general cost way too much. A previous update adjusted some of these values, lowering prices on most in-game items and paying out slightly more for completed story missions, random events, and PvP multiplayer matches.
Rockstar stated that it’s working on updates for early 2019 that will introduce “some new anti-griefing measures” as well as “lots of new features, modes and additional Red Dead Online gameplay content,” though it sounds like update 1.05 will be the last in 2018. However, it’s yet to release any information about free-aim lobbies.
Red Dead Online is free with Red Dead Redemption 2, which is available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.