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
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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!