How will Red Dead Online microtransactions work?

Even though Red Dead Redemption 2 has already been out a month, the hype for Rockstar's Wild West epic isn't quietening down. Instead, it continues to grow, particularly around the recent release of the Red Dead Online beta. Like its predecessor GTA Online, the online component for Red Dead Redemption 2 is launching in beta only, and for now the Red Dead Online microtransactions aren't in play. GTA Online is well known for the variety of microtransactions available for purchase, but will Rockstar carry this model over to the Wild West? Let's take a look at the options for Red Dead Online microtransactions.

Will there be Red Dead Online microtransactions?

Rockstar is going down the tried and tested route it followed with Grand Theft Auto 5, so while there aren't any microtransactions tied to Red Dead Redemption 2 itself, there are Red Dead Online microtransactions. With the sustained success of microtransactions in GTA Online over a 5+ year period, you can bet your bottom (virtual) dollar that Red Dead Online will have a microtransaction system to provide you with a shortcut to better rewards.

How will Red Dead Online microtransactions work?

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Red Dead Online will seemingly follow a similar system to the GTA Online Shark Cards, which you use to buy virtual currency and get a better exchange rate the more real currency you spent at once. Obviously 'Shark Cards' are very much geared to GTA Online's modern marketplace, so perhaps we'll be purchasing 'Buffalo Cards' to top up our in-game dollars instead - or maybe even some more contemporary 'Buffalo Bills'. Sorry.

Well, actually Red Dead Online microtransactions will take the form of Gold Bars, although the Red Dead Online beta right now doesn't support microtransactions. When they are made available, you'll be able to buy Gold Bars to unlock items you don't have the cash for. 

What can I buy with Red Dead Online microtransactions?

When Red Dead Online transactions do arrive you'll be able to buy Gold Bars to buy in-game items. These items are specifically cosmetic items though, such as a new hat or something to snazz up your camp, rather than anything that could give you an in-game edge. Weapons have to be purchased using in-game cash for example, rather than Gold Bars. 

Interestingly, you can earn Gold Bars in Red Dead Online too, without having to pay any real money for them, but according to Reddit users it'll take you around eight hours of play to earn yourself one, single, Gold Bar. So if you wanted to buy something special, like fast travel from your camp for example, which costs 112, you're looking at having to clock almost 900 hours to earn that amount. Or you can reach level 65 in Red Dead Online of course. 

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