Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Online has been causing a lot of frustration for players because of its heavy focus on microtransactions to progress in the game.
The game features two monetary tiers in the forms of either cash or gold bars. A typical mission could earn you about $4, or potentially around 0.01 of a gold bar. In theory, you could sink hours into the game without earning so much as a gold bar.
Oddly enough, thanks to the weird economy in RDO, it actually costs more to buy a can of baked beans than it does to sell a looted gold ring.
After huge backlash from the community over the economy, Rockstar Games has responded, saying it plans to address the issue to create a better balance and better experience.
Red Dead Online is gonna be dead in a week if @RockstarGames doesn’t fix the HORRIBLE microtransaction based economy. Online isn’t worth investing any time into right now in its current state unfortunately
— TD Twilight (@TDxTwilight) November 29, 2018
In a post on the official Rockstar Facebook page, the company announced: “Our current areas of focus include the in-game economy, which will require some additional balancing in order to ensure all activities are appropriately rewarding and fun, as well as some persistent bugs that are causing some players to be kicked from sessions.
“The game has been developed so that we will be able to quickly make any adjustments like these, and we plan to get updates out as early as the end of this week with more updates to come next week. Feedback from the community has been invaluable, and we will continue to keep you regularly updated as things progress. We hope you continue to play and enjoy the game, and please keep sending your feedback to reddeadonline.com/feedback.”
if rockstar don’t fix the red dead online economy real soon they’re gonna need to be very careful pic.twitter.com/SDZK3swrOe
— horse in a hospital (@procrisstinatin) December 4, 2018
There’s no word on how or when Rockstar plans to fix the issues, but at least it’s planning some changes.
Do you think the game is fixable?