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Last week we implemented our first round of significant updates to the Red Dead Online Beta including new gameplay systems, experience balancing and over 300 bug fixes, another step on the road to building out what this world will become. This beta period allows us to shape and improve the fundamentals of that world before the journey of Red Dead Online truly begins. As Red Dead Online evolves, we will keep adding and improving features to give you a deeper connection to the world, your character, your horse and your weapons, as well as adding new gameplay that will help players carve out their own fate across the lawless frontier.

Here’s a look at two new additions launching today, including the return of a powerful weapon from the original Red Dead Redemption, and a frantic new addition to the list of Free Roam Events to experience as you move across the world. In addition, everyone will also get a package of useful items for playing this week.


New Weapon: Evans Repeater
The Evans Repeater is a powerful long-range rifle that’s known for being in John Marston’s arsenal during the events of Red Dead Redemption. The Evans Repeater has a high bullet capacity and is deadly at medium and long distances, with an especially high rate of fire. It also has customization options like Stocks, Sights and Wraps – to make this an essential part of your character’s weapon inventory. You can pick one up now directly from the Rawson, Wheeler & Co catalogue or at any Gunsmith.


You always need to be prepared to go out in a blaze of glory, but a little armor can delay the inevitable. This is the idea behind the Fool’s Gold Free Roam event. Fool’s Gold is the latest addition to the rotating roster of Free Roam Events, a selection of special competitive game types that periodically invite you to participate as you roam across the world of the Red Dead Online Beta. When you opt-into a Free Roam Event you’ll automatically join the event location before it begins. Like all Free Roam events, Fool’s Gold is a quick and easy way to jump into some fun competition and rack up a little extra XP and cash. It’s also a great way to quickly complete weapon, kill or combat-related Daily Challenges without attacking players in an open session.


In Fool’s Gold, you will battle other players to wear the Golden Armor, taking down opponents while wearing it to earn points. You can also score points by taking out a rival player that’s wearing the Golden Armor, which then puts the armor up for grabs to whoever reaches it first.

In addition to Fool’s Gold, there are a range of other Free Roam Events regularly taking place across the five states in the Red Dead Online Beta:

  • Cold Dead Hands: Fight for control over a target for the longest amount of time.
  • Competitive Challenges: Compete to get the highest score in a given, randomly-selected challenge within a set time limit (currently includes Bow, Headshot, Horseback, Longarm, and Sidearm Kill Challenges).
  • Dispatch Rider: Posses compete to be the first to deliver a horse to the assigned destination.
  • King of the Castle: Compete to gain and maintain control of the castle area by staying alive inside of it - whoever controls the active area for the highest percentage of the event time wins.
  • Master Archer: Compete to score the most points by hitting the most targets as accurately as you can within the time limit.

Like all Free Roam Events in the Red Dead Online Beta, Fool’s Gold can be played as individual free-for-alls or as skirmishes between Posses. To join Fool’s Gold, look for an alert to pop-up on screen while in Free Roam and then accept the invite. If a Posse leader accepts an invite to Fool’s Gold (or any other Red Dead Online Beta Free Roam Event) then their Posse members will automatically join the event with the posse leader. As the Red Dead Online Beta continues and we gain more data and feedback from players, we will continue to add new Free Roam events and a lot more.

New Care Package
We appreciate all the support you’ve shown thus far during the beta period, and this week all Red Dead Online Beta participants will receive a special care package (redeemed either at your camp’s lockbox or at any post office across the five states) as a show of our appreciation. This includes a host of items to help you survive life on the frontier and tackle any new Daily Challenges in Free Roam or Free Roam Events, on mission or in a Showdown Series:

  • 60x High Velocity Pistol Ammo
  • 60x High Velocity Repeater Ammo
  • 2x Fire Bottles
  • 8x Fire Arrows
  • 2x Jolly Jack’s
  • 2x Potent Horse Medicine
  • 1x Lake Lure


As an added bonus, anyone who completes five Daily Challenges at any point between now and March 11 will be gifted one Special Spinner next week. The Special Spinner is a handy lure to catch fish of all sizes that cannot be lost if you ever cut the line.

Please do continue sending us your feedback about all the latest updates to the Red Dead Online Beta by submitting it by category via the official Feedback website – let us know what you think about Free Roam Events including the newly added Fool’s Gold, about the Evans Repeater and weaponry in general, and any or all other aspects of the Red Dead Online Beta.

Stay tuned for a raft of updates big and small including gameplay like the Fishing Challenge, new Showdown Modes, and Target Races – along with new weekly bonuses and a lot more.

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7 minutes ago, SoCalT said:

Hello, I just went into a free roam and then to a post office and no care package.

Is this ready to go now or later?

Thank you

"and this week all Red Dead Online Beta participants will receive a special care package (redeemed either at your camp’s lockbox or at any post office across the five states) as a show of our appreciation. "

There was no specific time mentioned.  I'm assuming folks will begin to see these items show up in their stock within the week though.  

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Red Dead Online is following in GTA Online's footsteps with its weekly content updates that attempt to keep the game fresh and engaging by adding new content every Tuesday. Following last week's major update which... didn't go over too well, Rockstar is at it again with a new weapon and free roam event.

Both of these additions were teased previously, as part of the big end-of-February update, but when that DLC actually dropped it was missing much of what was announced.

It's now clear that a large chunk of teased content will be released later down the line as drip-feed DLC.


Players of Red Dead Redemption will recognize the Evans Repeater, a rifle which was featured in the previous game but not the single player portion of Red Dead Redemption 2. This mid-to-long range repeater is deadly and has a high ammo capacity, allowing you to get off enough shots to score kills before having to reload (if your aim is true). The customizability and high rate of fire also make it a formidable weapon.

Fool's Gold is the newest free roam event, a game-mode that takes place in the open world and that you can easily hop into for a short spurt of structured PvP. As detailed previously, you score kills while wearing the golden armor, which also makes you more resilient. Other players will try to kill you and claim the armor in order to score points of their own.


Besides earning gold and XP, free roam events like Fool's Gold will let you complete combat challenges without resorting to griefing, which is a big plus for everyone. Keep an eye out for the in-game prompt to play, and remember that when you opt-in, you'll be transported to the location automatically.

In order to show their appreciation towards players, Rockstar has also added a temporary care package which every player can redeem once during this week. You can pick up the package at either a post office or your camp (if you have the necessary upgrade), and contains some consumables and supplies that should help you out, such as ammo, arrows and horse medicine.


An additional bonus awaits players who successfully complete a total of 5 challenges anytime between now and the 11th of March. If you meet the requirements, you can expect to be rewarded with a Special Spinner next week. This unique lure can attract all sizes of fish and won't be lost if you cut the fishing line.

Stay tuned for more Red Dead Online Beta news.

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