Rockstar Enables Purchasable Gold Bars During Red Dead Redemption 2’s Beta

It should come in as no surprise that Red Dead Redemption 2 has micro or Micahtransactions that would show up during the so-called “Beta” of the online mode, which is just a glorified test-bed to see how players will react to MTX changes. Well, folks can now dish out over $70 bucks to buy RDR2’s premium currency (which is Gold Bars) during the “Beta” to essentially pay to win.

Currently, most people are either against MTX or for them, but in most debates, people don’t often bring up how expensive MTX pricing can be and what constitutes the price of an MTX purchase. For instance, many people are defending RDR2’s newly implemented MTX system, which sees the lowest price to buy the premium currency going for $9.99 for 25 Gold Bars.

In addition to the above, this means that $1 equals 2.5 Gold Bars, which is egregious. And seeing how players can buy horses and skip levels using this premium currency, means that paying players will be able to reach destinations faster and so on. And with certain lucrative activities like hunting cougars having been nerfed, most players will find that items that they want will have to be earned through a hard grind or exploit(s).

Addressing this recent situation announced on rockstargames.com comes that of YouTuber Upper Echelon Gamers, who, in the past, called out the devs and continues to do so:

Sadly, Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2: Online “Beta” seems to go unnoticed insofar that not many outlets and places have called them out on it whilst many Red Dead Redemption 2: Online fans defend the practice. It’s a pure shame that many people can’t see beyond the mirage that is the “Beta” moniker, but lo and behold many have fallen for it and still defend the growing MTX problem that will likely boil over in time.

Although all of the above should come in as no surprise given the track record of both publisher and developer, I think pointing out bad practices is worth it, especially when you have currency in the game as depicted below:

  • $9.99 / £8.99 = 25 Gold Bars
  • $19.99 / £18.79 = 55 Gold Bars
  • $49.99 / £44.99 = 150 Gold Bars
  • $74.99 / £69.99 = 245 Gold Bars
  • $99.99 / £89.99 = 350 Gold Bars

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