Everything In Read Dead Online's Huge 'Frontier Pursuits' Update

Credit: Rockstar Games

Is this what it looks like when Red Dead Online slowly creaks into action? The online mode for Rockstar's western epic got off to something of a problematic start, but then again, so did the online mode for GTA 5, and now GTA Online is one of the biggest games in the world. I doubt something like that will happen here for a host of reasons, but that doesn't mean that we can't keep building this here cowboy sim into something with a little bit more meat on its bones. The biggest update to the game so far is out now, bringing a ton of new features alongside the much-anticipated specialization system. This is a big one, so let's get into it. Below are what I consider to be the highlights of the update, but there's a ton more stuff involved as well. For that, head over to Rockstar. 

Frontier Pursuits: This is the name for Red Dead Online's profession system, which lets people roleplay as a bounty hunter, a trader or a collector, depending on what they'd like to spend most of their time killing, and in what fashion they would like to do said killing. You can do just one role or all three, and they all come with their own items, benefits and skills. They're meant to blend more directed play with standard open-world play, and we'll see whether or not they can lend some more focus to the endgame here. ]

Battle Pass: In the post-Fortnite world the battle pass is here to stay, and it seems like it's going to become as deeply ingrained in this era's monetization policies as loot boxes were just a few years ago. Rockstar's version is the Wheeler Rawson and Co, Club, which comes with the standard free and premium tiers along with unlockables that you can keep after the season ends on September 18.

Wagons: We're getting a bounty wagon and a hunting wagon, presumably to make transporting your quarry in either situation a little bit easier. I'm super interested in how this plays out because I'd really like this game to get more vehicles to serve as apex rewards that give a little more flavor to how you navigate the world. What I really want is property in some form, because my character is meant to be a young Al Swearengen and I would really like for him to be able to own a saloon at some point. I'd settle for a cabin.

Changing your character's appearance: You can now change your character's appearance without resetting progress, which is good news to any players with a seriously ugly character.

Other Stuff: Here's the full list from Rockstar's press release:

  • New items, weapons, clothing and horse-drawn vehicles
  • Directional damage indicators to display where your character is hit from
  • Additional horse breeds
  • The ability to change your character’s appearance without resetting progress
  • Expanded custom outfit slots
  • The ability to name saved outfits
  • Role-specific Free Roam Events
  • Increased selling prices for looted Jewelry
  • Increased movement and animations speeds for more responsive combat (including aiming, cocking and reloading), faster looting and more
  • Additional game balancing and improvements

A whole lot of other stuff: This is a major update with a ton of changes small and large, so head over to Rockstar for the full and complete list. 

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Credit: Rockstar Games

Is this what it looks like when Red Dead Online slowly creaks into action? The online mode for Rockstar's western epic got off to something of a problematic start, but then again, so did the online mode for GTA 5, and now GTA Online is one of the biggest games in the world. I doubt something like that will happen here for a host of reasons, but that doesn't mean that we can't keep building this here cowboy sim into something with a little bit more meat on its bones. The biggest update to the game so far is out now, bringing a ton of new features alongside the much-anticipated specialization system. This is a big one, so let's get into it. Below are what I consider to be the highlights of the update, but there's a ton more stuff involved as well. For that, head over to Rockstar. 

Frontier Pursuits: This is the name for Red Dead Online's profession system, which lets people roleplay as a bounty hunter, a trader or a collector, depending on what they'd like to spend most of their time killing, and in what fashion they would like to do said killing. You can do just one role or all three, and they all come with their own items, benefits and skills. They're meant to blend more directed play with standard open-world play, and we'll see whether or not they can lend some more focus to the endgame here. ]

Battle Pass: In the post-Fortnite world the battle pass is here to stay, and it seems like it's going to become as deeply ingrained in this era's monetization policies as loot boxes were just a few years ago. Rockstar's version is the Wheeler Rawson and Co, Club, which comes with the standard free and premium tiers along with unlockables that you can keep after the season ends on September 18.

Wagons: We're getting a bounty wagon and a hunting wagon, presumably to make transporting your quarry in either situation a little bit easier. I'm super interested in how this plays out because I'd really like this game to get more vehicles to serve as apex rewards that give a little more flavor to how you navigate the world. What I really want is property in some form, because my character is meant to be a young Al Swearengen and I would really like for him to be able to own a saloon at some point. I'd settle for a cabin.

Changing your character's appearance: You can now change your character's appearance without resetting progress, which is good news to any players with a seriously ugly character.

Other Stuff: Here's the full list from Rockstar's press release:

  • New items, weapons, clothing and horse-drawn vehicles
  • Directional damage indicators to display where your character is hit from
  • Additional horse breeds
  • The ability to change your character’s appearance without resetting progress
  • Expanded custom outfit slots
  • The ability to name saved outfits
  • Role-specific Free Roam Events
  • Increased selling prices for looted Jewelry
  • Increased movement and animations speeds for more responsive combat (including aiming, cocking and reloading), faster looting and more
  • Additional game balancing and improvements

A whole lot of other stuff: This is a major update with a ton of changes small and large, so head over to Rockstar for the full and complete list. 

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