Red Dead Online beta players will receive free cash and gold for playing

Bill Cooney
Rockstar Games

Players who tried out Red Dead Online during the first week of beta will receive $250 of in-game currency and 15 gold bars as a thank you from Rockstar.

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Red Dead Online entered its open beta on November 27 for those who preordered the game and became to open to all players within a few days.

Players have complained that making money in Red Dead Online can be difficult, due to the pricing of shops and other players constantly attacking them; now it looks like Rockstar is giving fans some bailout money.

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Users who log on to Red Dead Online before 12 AM PST on December 7, will receive $250 of in-game currency and 15 gold bars completely free, by December 14.

Gold bars are the game’s secondary currency, used to unlock some of the coolest cosmetics in the game. Eventually they’ll be available to purchase through the game’s microtransaction shop, but for now, the only way for players to get them is to grind and earn some.

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The shot in the arm of cash and gold should allow players to better equip themselves with weapons and supplies, and the game’s December 6 update will also reward more for completing random encounters and other quests.

This is a pretty great way to say “thanks” from Rockstar to all the players who have stuck through the beta, now all they need to do is put bounties on player killers and we’ll be all set.