With the Red Dead Redemption 2 beta opening up this week for Rockstar, many players have started to raise concerns over ways to make money in the game. Issues such as the starter pistol taking over 12 gold bars to fully upgrade, with rifles taking nearly double the amount. This may seem like nothing to someone who isn’t familiar with how valuable to bars are, but it is roughly estimated that each gold bar is equal to eight hours of playtime. This would make any purchase a long time commitment, sparking worries over those who buy the bars with real money. Many people have started asking,
“Will this make Red Dead Pay to win?”
While buying gold bars in-game in Red Dead Online will make progression faster, it luckily won’t give too much of an advantage. If you have played GTA Online, this concept will be nothing new to you. The issues don’t stop here though. Your horse can die online as well, with insurance steadily rising with every new horse you wish to claim. Beyond the issues of how long it will take to progress online, many users are upset with the cost of newer weapons in the game. A Mauser pistol in Red Dead Online runs $1,000, even though its real-world equivalent was apparently being sold for just $35 during the game’s time period.
Items in the game are also being valued at “wacky” prices. A Reddit user states,
“A gold wedding ring sells for $1.15, A can of baked beans costs $1.50.”
This has lead to many jokes being had at Red Dead’s expense, with the idea of baked beans being more valued than a gold ring. At the end of the day, we must remember just how awful GTA Online released only a few short years ago and commend Rockstar on such a steady launch. Hopefully, these issues get looked at soon and get a quick fix, then we can go back to being the happy little cowboys we love.
My name is Gary, and I love video games. I’ve been writing and gaming since I got my gameboy color as a boy. Ever since, I haven’t been able to live without it. I’m an established playwright turned journalist, and I hope to entertain many for years to come!