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Red Dead Redemption 2 gets big Red Dead Online update and new missions

Red Dead Redemption 2 may not be entirely dead after all, as a big Red Dead Online update introduces new solo missions to Rockstar’s sandbox western

Red Dead Redemption 2 gets big Red Dead Online update and new missions: A gunslinger, Sadie Adler from Red Dead Redemption 2, wears a hat and yellow shirt

Red Dead Redemption 2 was meant to be completely dead, as Rockstar Games shifts focus away from its western sandbox game to focus on the release date for GTA 6. A big Red Dead Online update for September, however, has appeared on Steam, adding a set of new solo missions to the neglected online open world.

Previously, Red Dead Online updates have appeared on the first Tuesday of each month, but have normally been preceded by a tease from Rockstar about what to expect. This time, the new Red Dead Redemption 2 update seems to have caught players unawares, who have suddenly noticed an update to the open-world shooter that alters more than 5GB worth of game files.

Though the update address a variety of small issues in Red Dead Online, such as getting stuck in game lobbies and malicious players being able to kick other people out, it does not seem to intended to fix some of the bugs, glitches, and exploits that have been encountered in recent weeks, particularly one that causes NPCs and animals to despawn.

But there are some new missions. It’s not quite the substantial DLC content that we would hope for, with Blood Money from July 2021 still representing Red Dead Online’s last major overhaul, but especially for players who like experiencing RDO solo, this update will be good news. Three new telegram missions are now available from the post office. These missions are named In Bad Faith, Strong Medicine, and Sow and Reap, and you can try them out for yourself as soon as the Red Dead Online update has downloaded. Red Dead Redemption 2 seems to have some online life left in it after all.

And if you want to take your gunslinging and lasso throwing even further, you can check out some of the best western games, or maybe some of the best sandbox games on PC. We also have guides to the best multiplayer games, if the new Red Dead Online solo missions aren’t your thing.