Red Dead Online Gets A Surprise Festive Update

Red Dead Online has surprised its players with an extra-special update, just in time for the holiday season.

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Over on Reddit’s r/reddeadredemption subreddit, a user by the name of SkeptaPurple discovered that following the most recent game update, NPCs with musical instruments weren’t just playing any old Western songs like they usually were – they’re actually now playing Christmas classics!

According to posts on the thread, people have found pianists, banjos and even a guitar being played by the game’s NPCs – perfect to get you into the festive spirit.

Check out SkeptaPurple’s video of the phenomenon below!

TIL that although there isn’t snow all over the map, the pianists have found a way to show their festive spirit from r/reddeadredemption

Over on Twitter, fans can’t get enough of the music, which includes real classics from the time period. The likes of “Deck The Halls,” “Good King Wenceslas” and “Silent Night.”

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Here’s a video of all the new music (on piano), put together by YouTuber Tony StrongStyle, who’s praised Rockstar Games saying: “Little things like this make the world of Red Dead Redemption 2 feel even more authentic, I love it!”

YouTube video

It’s not been smooth sailing since Red Dead Online launched last month. The online multiplayer is still unplayable for some, while others who can play have complained about the game’s tough grind to earn gold bars.

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Updates and patches from Rockstar have helped the situation, but they’ve also introduced microtransactions into play.

The game will usually charge $9.99 for 25 gold bars, but you can currently pick them up for $4.99. You can, however, only get the deal once per account.

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Pretty clever, Rockstar…

Picking up the 350 gold bar bundle right now will set you back $100. Something which fans definitely aren’t happy about.

Here’s the full list of current US and UK prices:

  • One-time offer – 25 gold bars for $4.99/£4.49
  • 25 gold bars for $9.99/£8.99
  • 55 gold bars $19.99/£18.49
  • 150 gold bars for $49.99/£44.99
  • 245 gold bars for $74.99/£69.99
  • 350 gold bars for $99.99/£89.99