From now on, players will be able to purchase Gold Bars with real-world money in Red Dead Online. This change comes with the latest December update in which Rockstar also adds 15 additional gold bars and a cash gift to all players.
Red Dead Online 1.05 update is now live on PlayStation 4 and Xbox and it's bringing gifts, an in-game store and some small fixes and performance improvements. The biggest talking point is surely the introduction of a store where players can buy Gold Bars for real-world money.
As of right now, the cheapest option is 25 Gold Bars for $9.99 and the most expensive one will get you 350 Gold Bars for $99.99. Rockstar also added a one-time special offer which brings 25 Gold Bars price to $4.00.
If you're one of those players who love to spend their money on these things, don't go for your wallet just yet as Rockstar is also giving 15 Gold Bars to all players for free. In addition to that, Special Edition Owners and those who pre-ordered the game will receive a gift of RDO$100. For players who pre-ordered Special Edition of Red Dead Redemption 2 these gifts will stack so you'll get RDO$200 total.
Ultimate Edition owners will receive the biggest amount which is $1,000 in Red Dead Online's in-game currency. The publisher mentioned that gifts will be rolled out slowly starting 14 December and by Monday, 24 December 2018 everyone eligible should get their awards so keep an eye out for an alert when entering Red Dead Online beta.
Rockstar didn't release any detailed info about the fixes and improvements included in 1.05 patch. The patch notes are available on Red Dead Redemption 2 support page, but it's just one line which says that Rockstar added general improvements to game's stability, save data and exploits.
It looks like nothing major has been fixed in 1.05 patch but Rockstar did mention that more updates are scheduled for early 2019 and one of the will include Anti-Griefing measures. "We are working on updates for early 2019 to address many popular bits of feedback including some new anti-griefing measures in the works and other updates to improve gameplay balance," is written in the blog post.
For those unfamiliar with the term, it's a measure to meant to prevent terrorising lower-level players. It can be a frustrating problem and it's nice to see Rockstar acting quickly to prevent the issue.