The online component of Rockstar’s latest masterpiece, Red Dead Redemption 2, is slowly getting better with every update. However, it is still pretty wild out there, especially with trolls and outlaws griefing. Rockstar is planning to fix those issues and more in a Spring update for Red Dead Online.
Carrying on from February’s update, Red Dead Online will implement a hostility system. Players who defend their honor against attackers will not receive a bounty, or experience an increase in their hostility meter. As long as you do not initiate a gunfight, you are safe.
If you manage to take down your griefer, your hostility meter will stay untouched. The hostility meter will not affect Free Roam events and missions, Showdowns, Races, and other structured events as well.
According to Rockstar, “some players just want to immerse themselves in the world, riding, hunting, and fishing in peace.”
And they are making Red Dead Online reflect that difference. There will be two modes of play: Offensive and Defensive. Offensive play functions like how Free Play does right now, letting players loose in the wild west.
Defensive play, though, is “a more evolved version of the Passive Mode concept,” with conflict less likely on the agenda.
Red Dead Online changes when you play in Defensive mode. An example is that Defensive players cannot be lassoed. If you choose to lasso a player, you will be removed from the mode with a “significant Hostility level increase.”
Players will not be able to lock-on to players in Defensive play as well. Critical hits are disabled – if a Defensive player is attacked with a headshot, they can survive and be able to defend themselves via the Hostility system or escape all while remaining Defensive.
There are several other adjustments that come with the Defensive Playing Style, all of which are built to work seamlessly with systems like Hostility and Bounties to keep all players rooted in the world.
The Spring update for Red Dead Online will also add new A Land of Opportunities missions, more Free Roam missions, an introduction to dynamic events (ambushes, resues, etc.), and more. In addition, a Red Dead Redemption classic weapon, the LeMat Revolver, will be added to the game with the new update.