Red Dead Redemption 2 update 1.09 brings major changes to the game’s online mode, including new missions, a Poker mini-game and increased Gold payouts across the board. Read our summary of the patch notes below, courtesy of a Rockstar Games blog post.

 

Red Dead Redemption 2 Update 1.09 Patch Notes

Red Dead Online 109 lemat revolver The LeMat Revolver is a new item available now in the ‘Red Dead Online’ store. Rockstar Games

  • New Co-Op Missions: “A Land of Opportunities” questline helps honorable players track down the murderer of Mrs. LeClerc’s husband. Outlaws perform a high-stakes theft in Saint Denis with Samson Finch.
  • From Roam Missions: More added to Bayou Nwa and the Aberdeen Pig Farm.
  • Posse Versus Challenges: Competitive fishing added alongside contests for bird shooting and herb picking.
  • Dynamic Events: Interact with travelers in the open world to get XP.
  • Poker: Available in Blackwater, Saint Denis, Tumbleweed, Valentine and Flatneck Station for private and public matches of up to six players each.
  • Overrun Showdown Mode: Claim the most land from your enemy to win.
  • Store Update: LeMat Revolver, ponchos, patterned bandanas and new emotes.
  • Play Styles
    • Offensive: Enabled by default. Allows for traditional PvP interaction with other players.
    • Defensive: Indicated by a shield icon. These players don’t want to be attacked and take less PvP damage and can’t be lassoed, meleed, executed or targeted with auto-aim. PvP Free Roam Missions are invisible to them.
  • Hostility: Hostility won’t increase for defending against an attack. Attacking players will also only be marked as a threat to the attacked player instead of everyone.
  • Balance
    • Removed auto-aim headshot tracking for enemy players only to make shooting more nuanced.
    • Faster weapon swaps and projectile throws.
    • New layout puts sprint at R1 and crouch to X.
    • Daily Challenges: PvP-related challenges removed from Free Roam with new Challenges, Rewards and Challenge Streaks.
    • Press Charges: Option increases an enemy’s Hostility and Bounty when a low-Hostility player is killed without retaliation.
    • Horses can be set as defaults for specific types of events.
    • Increased Gold payouts.
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Red Dead Online has sparked controversy since its launch, and update version 1.09 goes a long way toward making the mode better for all players. Not only is there a lot more to do with regard to co-op missions, random encounters and Poker, but the gameplay experience has been markedly improved as well. With Play Styles and the tweaks to Hostility, griefing should become far less of a problem than it used to be. Nefarious outlaws may find their way around some of these safeguards eventually, but they seem to be implemented well enough that player-to-player friction should be greatly reduced at the very least.

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Red Dead Online 109 poker Poker can be played by up to six players in public and private matches. Rockstar Games

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The most pressing lingering question, though, is about Red Dead Online’s reliance on Gold. Promotions will be in effect to boost payouts from Free Roam missions, Co-Op missions, Chests and more. Those changes, combined with the increase in default yields, might finally give players a sense of accomplishment for their efforts. It’d be even better if Gold returns increased alongside a major price decrease, but maybe that’s asking too much. Either way, Red Dead Redemption 2 seems like a much better game after this new patch.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is available now on PS4 and Xbox One.

What are your thoughts on Red Dead Redemption 2 update 1.09? Do these changes make you want to try Online? Tell us in the comments section!

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