13 Jul 2021 11:45 AM +00:00

Red Dead Online's Summer Update comes out today

While Red Dead Redemption 2 is great but Red Dead Online needs to do quite a lot to keep up with all the updates GTA Online has had over the last few years. Blood Money seems to be a great step in the right direction.

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LATEST - Blood Money Out Today

After weeks of build-up and speculation, Blood Money is finally out today.

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We're expecting to see this release at around 2 pm BST but we aren't sure just yet. Expect updates here as we find out more.

Blood Money Trailer & Details Revealed

Following the leaks outlined below, it looks like Rockstar Games has confirmed Red Dead Online: Blood Money and its July 13th release date. You can check out the new trailer, showcasing what's on offer, below:

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There's going to be Crimes to commit and criminal Opportunities worth chasing as you and your Posse go for broke and tangle with Saint Denis' criminal underworld.

In addition to all this, "The Quick Draw Club" looks to be a new Battle Pass system coming to Red Dead Online that promise new perks, cosmetics, and rewards for all those that venture down the roads being opened up. Each pass will cost 25 Gold Bars and you'll get "Halloween Pass 2" for free if you buy the first 4.

Furthermore, if you play either Red Dead Redemption 2 or Red Dead Online on PC, both will be getting NVIDIA DLSS support with NVIDIA GeForce RTX Graphics cards on July 13th. Read about all that and more in the Rockstar Games Blog Post here.

"Blood Money" Update Incoming

We don't have anything official just yet, but it looks like Red Dead Online's Summer Update is right around the corner. Twitter user RDonlineNews, known as a fairly reliable source, has stated that Red Dead Online is getting an update on July 13th titled "Blood Money".

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This could be the Summer Update we're all after and we should see more information about the update on July 7th. They have not specified a time of day, though, but expect it to be sometime after 09:00 PST / 12:00 EST / 17:00 BST as this is when Rockstar Games usually release information.

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New Races Are Live Now

If you're looking to earn some extra RDO$, you're in the right place. There new Red Dead Online races are available right now and there's 3x XP and RDO$ across all in-game races.

" Jump into this week’s featured Series to play eight new Races — including Point-to-Point, Lap, and Open variants of classic Races as well as Target Races. As an added bonus, all Races will continue to award 3X RDO$ and XP this week and placing in the Top 3 will earn you an Offer for 40% off any Saddle. Plus, completing any of the new Races will also score you an Offer good for half off the Improved Bow and 20 Arrows."

If you have Prime Gaming, you can also get your hands on a free Bounty Hunter License, a Trimmed Amethyst Bounty Wagon Livery, and discounts on select outfits in-game up until Rank 15.

Eight New Races Are Coming

It's time to dust off your Riding Chaps, cowpoke. Red Dead Online is getting eight new races in its next title update; "Spanning iconic locations across the five states", this is the first of several updates coming to Red Dead Online this Summer.

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Red Dead Online Summer Update Horseback Shooter
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HIT THE TARGETS - As if racing wasn't hard enough? Now you have to shoot things too!

There's going to be four ways to race going forwards and we'll explain what each one means below:

  • Standard Races
    • This is a traditional race format, with checkpoints, laps... The whole shebang;
  • Open Races
    • In Open Races, it's up to you to pick the best route. All you need to do is make sure you're riding through all the Signal Fires on any given course;
  • Target Races
    • These are Standard Races, but the Checkpoints aren't traditional checkpoints. They're targets that you need to hit with a bow and arrow while on horseback;
  • Open Target Races
    • This is, as you might expect, an Open Race with the Target Checkpoints. Arguably the hardest, but most exciting, way to race.
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We're not exactly sure about the distribution of these races yet, but the eight new races are going to be available for everyone playing Red Dead Online on May 25th. Rockstar Games will have more to announce soon...

For now, though, you can get your hands on TRIPLE Red Dead Online $ and XP when you're playing any of the current races. There's a free Horse Care package to claim too!

Summer Update Content Teasers

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That isn't the only thing that Rockstar shared with us today. You've already got your Riding Chaps on, but now you're going to need your Bandana.

Red Dead Online's Summer Update is going to "add a diverse array of new missions across the world for those looking to step into the criminal underworld."

We don't know a lot about when this is coming just yet, but we do know that it looks like Red Dead Online is going to attempt to introduce a GTA Online-style update to the title in the coming months.

" Down in Saint-Denis, Angelo Bronte’s trusted lieutenant, Guido Martelli is working to create his own criminal network, so whether it’s intimidation, unsavoury crimes, or larger, high-stakes robberies — riders best be willing to do whatever it takes to earn their blood money."
Red Dead Online Summer Update Train Bridge
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PLAN YOUR ATTACKS - There's always a better way to handle these high-stakes robberies, right?

It looks like we could finally be getting Heists and Train Robberies in Red Dead Online. It's quite literally, everything the fans want. This could be a huge summer for Red Dead Online if this update goes well.

Expect to hear more officially over the next few weeks, with the update itself arriving at some point in July.