After over six months in open beta, Red Dead Online is finally leaving its beta phase and rolling out a huge new update. This week, Red Dead Redemption 2’s online mode is getting pumped up with new co-op story missions, Free Roam missions that feature new characters from the main game, new Posse Versus Challenges with activities like fishing and shooting, a new hostility system, poker games that seat up to six players, various gameplay improvements, and more.
To celebrate the occasion, Rockstar Games is making Red Dead Online available to all PS4 players, including those who aren’t subscribed to PlayStation Plus, as part of a special bonus period. From now through May 27, anyone who owns Red Dead Redemption 2 on PS4 can dive into its online multiplayer mode. With all the new additions and improvements, there’s no better time to see what Red Dead Online is all about.
If you want to keep playing Red Dead Online past May 27, PlayStation is temporarily lowering the price of PS Plus for Red Dead Redemption 2 owners in the US. The 12-month subscription is being offered for $48 (usually $60), while the three-month plan is available for $21 (usually $25); plus, you’ll receive 10 Gold Bars per month while your subscription lasts. This offer ends June 3 and must be purchased within Red Dead Redemption 2. The subscription will auto-renew at full price unless you cancel. (Psst–if you don’t care about the Gold Bars, you can get a 12-month PS Plus subscription for $40 at MassGenie right now.)
More content and bonuses are planned for Red Dead Online in the coming weeks, including new Free Roam missions, clothing, and PS4 Early Access content, which will release on May 21 in time for players without PS Plus to check it out. Another perk: Anyone who logs into Red Dead Online this week will get a one-time gift of 15 Gold Bars and receive a 15% XP increase on A Land of Opportunities, Free Roam missions and events, Showdown modes, and races. You’ll also find 25% extra cash and gold in chests. Finally, Ultimate Edition owners will also receive $100 in Red Dead Online cash and the Throat Slit emote for free.