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Red Dead Redemption 2 free download and new content available now

Red Dead Redemption 2 free download and new content available now

Rockstar Games has dropped the year's first Red Dead Online update, and there's plenty to keep you busy.

Red Dead Redemption 2’s Red Dead Online component continues to maintain a steady playerbase, and those players will be happy to know that the first content update of 2024 has arrived.

It’s no secret that there’s a tiny bit of resentment towards Red Dead Online within the franchise community. While, yes, it is fun to play, fans also would’ve liked to have seen more post-launch single-player content, like Undead Nightmare 2. Last month, Red Dead Redemption 2 won Steam’s 2023 Best Post-Launch Support award, leading many fans to scratch their heads. Admittedly though, Red Dead Online remains largely well supported. The updates may be fairly lowkey, but they are regular - and 2024’s first offering has arrived.

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Until 5 February, players can sell wildlife samples to conservationist Harriet Davenport to receive a 2x RDO$ and XP payout. There’s also a Wild Animals Kill Challenge which requires you to take down “big game for points”. The bigger and rarer the beast, the higher your reward - also resulting in 2x RDO$ and XP. If the thought of slaying wildlife upsets you, which is very understandable, you can also enjoy 2x RDO$ and XP for photographing rare beasts during the Wildlife Photography Free Roam Event.

Elsewhere, there’s 3x RDO$ on fish sales, in addition to 2x RDO$ and bonus XP via the Fishing Challenge Free Roam Event. There are a variety of Naturalist rewards to nab. All those who log in from now until 5 February will get the Free Honor Reset, a Weight Gain Tonic, and a Weight Loss Tonic.

If you sell a sample, you’ll gain the West Hill Haven Treasure Map. Sell five in one week and you’ll get the Black and Silver Morning Tailcoat. Budding photographers will get a reward for five 'Legendary Animal Pheromones’, plus completing an Animal Sighting Mission will result in a 40% off Novice or Promising Naturalist Role item offer.

That’s not all. If you hunt or sample a Legendary Animal between 9 and 15 January, you’ll get five gold bars off a Vitalism Studies Pamphlet. From 16 to 22 January, it’s 40% off an Established or Distinguished Naturalist Role item. The reward from 23 to 29 January changes to a Black and Red Charro Jacket (Male) or Red Hitched Skirt (Female) before finally, from 30 January to 5 February, you can nab a Beige Raccoon Hat.

Head on over to participating tailors or the Wheeler, Rawson & Co Catalogue, and you can also get this month’s community-inspired outfit. All in all, there’s plenty to keep you busy.

Featured Image Credit: Rockstar Games

Topics: Red Dead Redemption, Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar Games