Update: Rockstar has released a trailer that briefly showcases the update's new character roles. You can watch it above.
Original story: Rockstar has confirmed that Red Dead Online's three highly anticipated character roles are dropping next week alongside the title's next big update. Due on the 10th September, players will be able to take on the roles of bounty hunter, trader, and collector, potentially altering their approach to Red Dead Online quite significantly.
Essentially, roles will add, er, a role-playing aspect to the experience. "With each Role, you’ll always have new pursuits to embark upon that leads to unique items and skills as you progress, in addition to cash and gold payouts," reads the PlayStation Blog.
"Each Role automatically earns Role XP as you complete a Role’s activities: when you hunt a bounty, you’ll earn Role XP toward the Bounty Hunter; when you find a collectible, you’ll earn Role XP towards the Collector and so on. Role XP counts towards your progression through 20 Role Ranks. You will reach a new tier of distinction every 5 ranks: Novice, Promising, Established and Distinguished." It all sounds quite in-depth.
Alongside the introduction of roles, this update promises to be an important milestone. Rockstar mentions the ability to redesign your character's appearance at any time, a more dynamic open world with more random encounters and events, and even an overhauled character movement system, offering "dramatic improvements to player control with quicker and more responsive movement across all phases of combat and locomotion." Interesting stuff.
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