Rockstar has rolled out Title Update 1.05 for Red Dead Online and extended its free gold bars offer for beta players. Red Dead Redemption 2’s online patch addresses several general improvements that fix game stability, save data issues, and fixes a number of exploits.

As a thank you to fans who’ve been testing the Red Dead Online beta, Rockstar is handing out 15 additional gold bars for anyone who has played the Red Dead Online beta. This includes any play time from launch right up to Thursday, December 20th. The 15 gold bars should be credited into your account by Monday, December 24th.

Gold bars constitute the microtransaction currency in Red Dead Online. It can be earned through general play but it’s incredibly slow. I’ve played for about 8 hours and earned 1.2 gold bars, for example, so receiving 15 gold bars is quite a boost,

In addition to this, Rockstar is also handing out cash gifts for Red Dead Online. In a case of the rich getting richer, the more expensive the version of RDR2 you bought, the more cash you’re given in-game.

  • Special Edition Owners: RDO$100
  • Ultimate Edition Owners: RDO$1,000
  • Everyone who pre-ordered: RDO$100 (in addition to Ultimate and Special Edition gifts)

Last but not least, the gold store is now accessible in Red Dead Online. That’s the microtransactions shop, basically, and it feels a little bizarre in a ‘beta’. Rockstar is having its cake and eating it right here.

“We have been poring through incoming community input and suggestions and are working on updates for early 2019 to address many popular bits of feedback including some new anti-griefing measures in the works and other updates to improve gameplay balance”, writes Rockstar in a message to fans. “We are also working on lots of new features, modes and additional Red Dead Online gameplay content updates that we are very excited to share more about in the new year.”

I’ve sunk a fair few hours into the multiplayer and finished up all the story content that’s available and, well, at this early stage it’s really not that great. What’s on offer is incredibly bare bones, the world feels far more lifeless than single-player, and there are bugs and glitches galore. Competitive multiplayer also highlights just how bad the shooting mechanics are on console, particularly with the aggressive auto-aim. There’s potential here, for sure, but it needs a whole lot of work and it comes as little surprise that Rockstar has slapped a beta tag on it.