Red Dead Online is now available for people who are curious about Red Dead Redemption 2‘s multi-player mode. Much of it is positive, but there are a lot of people who are concerned about its economy, which seems to be in need of some balancing to make it viable for non-paying players while still incentivizing interested individuals to spend.
In short, Red Dead Online has two currencies in the form of cash and gold bars, with gold bars being the premium currency that will be purchasable using real world money. The problem is that earning cash is very slow, meaning that a great deal of grinding will be needed to make even the simpler upgrades.
Never mind keeping up with people willing to spend. No doubt that this will be changed, but for the time being, it is rather unpleasant.
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