Red Dead Online, the online multiplayer mode for Red Dead Redemption 2, has kicked off for selected players as part of the progressive beta rollout. As a result, we begin to get an idea of how the market for games will work – including the real-money microtransactions.
On Rockstar Blog, the studio addressed that some of the marketplaces are not active: "You may notice that some areas of game menus are not yet available or available during this early period of Beta, such as Red Dead Online game shop that will eventually open to give you the opportunity to buy gold bars to directly buy cosmetic items like Camp décor, or a special style for your weapons. "
However, in our own playtime, we realized another possible use for gold. A supplier appears to be changing your honorary status (for unbearable) for three gold bars. Given that Rockstar has stated that you can buy gold bars for real money, this may mean that you can buy changes in your real estate status. This can have a real effect on gameplay, as honor can affect missions.
Rockstar continued to say that it hopes that beta propulsion will be able, but there is a chance that it may "may implement rank or other state resets in case of problems." Probably, the real-money aspect will be added when the studio is sure it has crossed in continuous progress, since players can use the right money and then reset progress, will probably annoy users.
Currently beta is only available to Ultimate Edition buyers and those who logged in on Red Dead 2 launch day. On November 29th, it will be extended to all who played by 29 October. On November 30, the beta version will be available to all Red Dead Redemption 2 owners.
For more about Red Dead Online, check out what we've learned about the free streams and Battle Royale style modes.