Over the past few months, there were a number of reports saying Red Dead Redemption 2 could feature microtransactions which it might, but we can at least rest assured that the story mode features none. According to Danny O’Dwyer, founder of NoClipVideo, he saw no such system implemented in Red Dead Redemption 2 singleplayer mode during his time with the demo.
However, Red Dead Online is another story and may very well feature even more microtransactions than Grand Theft Auto Online. When questioned about Red Dead Redemption 2 and microtransactions in story mode, Danny stated:
Why do so many people keep saying this? It’s utterly bizarre to me. I saw none and would be absolutely bamboozled if they did anything like that. Is this some dumb internet myth or something? I’m sure Online will, but didn’t play that.
Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick plans to boost recurrent player spending across the board in their games which pretty much confirms Red Dead Online will feature microtransactions, probably a system similar to GTA Online. In a recent investor’s call, Zelnick stated:
We aim to have recurrent consumer spending opportunities for every title that we put out at this company. It may not always be an online model, it probably won’t always be a virtual currency model, but there will be some ability to engage in an ongoing basis with our titles after release across the board.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is being considered a real leap forward for open world games. So having a shady microtransaction system could overshadow the fact that RDR2 is a remarkable achievement for Rockstar Games. We will have to wait and see how Take-Two handles microtransactions for Red Dead Online.
The game comes out on October 26 for PS4 and Xbox One. Pre-orders are now live and Sony just announced PS4 Pro TB bundle as well.