Red Dead Online is getting its own take on heists in the newest upcoming DLC for the multiplayer wild west romp, Blood Money. Joining this major summer update that Rockstar has been teasing for a while now is the Quick Draw Club, a new take on seasonal rewards with a shorter runtime and better rewards than seen in the Outlaw Pass.
Blood Money is launching on July 13, which is next Tuesday, so players don’t need to wait too long to delve right into a new world of organized crime with their virtual outlaw friends. In order to ramp up the hype and give us a good idea of what to expect, Rockstar has released a trailer setting up some of the characters and activities around which the DLC will revolve.
Taking a page from the extremely successful book of GTA Online, this latest update will focus on a set of daring, multi-mission robberies not unlike the heists of Rockstar’s other multiplayer experience. You’ll be set on this new path of crime by none other than Guido Martelli, right hand man of Angelo Bronte with whom we’ve gotten plenty familiar in the story mode.
Martelli is looking for daring gunslingers to pull off some particularly daring capers. You’ll need to rob trains and mansions, you’ll need to steal rubies, diamonds, emeralds and Capitale bonds. You might be tempted to ride off with the loot yourself, but getting on Martelli’s bad side isn’t good for the health
The best part of the arrangement is that you don’t need to buy in – if you have the skills and a trusty gun in your holster, you’re all set to join up with Martelli. Bronte and his underboss will clue in trustworthy and loyal outlaws to even greater earning opportunities once you prove your worth.
In your quest to recover Capitale, you’ll need to hit up all the various seedy contacts in Martelli’s network who have leads on the most daring capers the west has ever seen. This new brand of in-game activity will simply be known as Crime, and can involve anything ranging from easier solo assignments to challenging robberies with multiple stages and setups you’ll need some friends for.
When you embark on a Crime mission, the inherent reward for completing it isn’t your only source of Capitale. If you keep an eye out, you might find extra bonds in various chests and hidden stashes, and optional objectives will let you increase your yield even further. As you bring back more and more bonds to Martelli and gain his trust, he will begin to offer Opportunities missions.
These Opportunities are tied into the on-going storyline about Martelli’s attempts to undermine the anti-crime efforts of an up and coming Lemoyne senator. As you bring back Capitale to the underboss, more and more Opportunities will be unlocked. Blood Money will add the first three Opportunities missions to the game on the 13th of July with more on the way.
Gameplay content isn’t the only addition to Red Dead Online with Blood Money. PC players with sufficiently beefy rigs running RTX graphics cards will be able to benefit from NVIDIA DLSS for an even smoother and more beautiful experience.
Blood Money also heralds the beginning of a new era in seasonal content. Red Dead Online players can say goodbye to the Outlaw Pass and welcome the Quick Draw Club, which in broad strokes is a similar system, albeit scaled for faster completion. The Quick Draw Club reward tracks last a lot shorter than those of the Outlaw Pass, but progression will be equally quicker.
The first pass will launch on the 13th, lasting until August 9th, with three others already mapped out for the upcoming months. Purchasing the pass will cost you 25 Gold Bars, however by completing the reward track you’ll earn all of those 25 bars back alongside additional rewards, so we’d definitely say it is worth it as long as you put in the work.
Among the rewards of the Quick Draw Club Pass No.1 is Dutch’s Redcliff Outfi, the Whitchurch Cattleman Revolver Variant, the Rushword Shirt and the Fircroft Hat among others. The currently announced 4 passes cover this year all the way to the end of October, and if you buy into all of them you will get free access to the Halloween Pass 2 coming later this year.
Items that were previously exclusive in some shape or form are making a return, in some case permanently. Skill and Satchel Pamphlets were previously restricted to Outlaw Pass progression, but as of Blood Money’s launch they’ll be available from the fence any time. Similarly, a bunch of Outlaw Pass exclusive outfits have been added to the weekly limited time clothing item rotation, giving newer players another chance at buying them.
Blood Money is shaping up to be the meaty DLC Red Dead Online players have been waiting for. It is no secret that many fans were dissatisfied with the amount of content in the game, and this is undoubtedly Rockstar’s answer to those complaints. Hopefully Blood Money will reinject Red Dead Online with enough energy to truly become revitalized – and a rival of GTA Online.
Red Dead Online: Blood Money launches on July 13.
Earn Your Blood Money Across a Series of Daring Robberies
New Opportunities and More Coming in Next Week’s Red Dead Online Update
July 7, 2021
Step into the burgeoning criminal underworld of Red Dead Online: Blood Money on July 13, and prove you are willing to get your hands dirty in service to some particularly notorious and well-connected members of Saint Denis society.
There are whispers in the alleys of Lemoyne’s capital that Guido Martelli — right-hand man and underboss to the infamous Angelo Bronte — needs gunslingers of strong constitution. Martelli is seeking to recover a valuable commodity known as Capitale. Originally devised as a unique system of exchange for more sensitive business dealings away from the watchful eyes of the taxman, it’s since ended up in the hands of nearly every lowlife across the five states. Now, Bronte and Martelli want it back — if you can find and return it, Martelli will reward you with access to more worthwhile criminal opportunities.
Martelli is purely focused on results – entry into this world of more civilized crime requires nothing beyond a trusty sidearm and the willingness to use it, and no upfront investment is required.
CRIMES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Martelli has entrusted some of The West’s most reprehensible soldiers of fortune with leads on where you might find Capitale. Visiting these contacts will reveal an entirely new type of work known as Crimes. Crimes will range from cloak-and-dagger coach holdups to multi-stage robberies — including kidnapping, brutal debt collections, and more.
Embark on Crimes either as a lone gun or with a full Posse of cutthroats alongside you. During each outing, keep a keen wit and search high and low for signs of Capitale to return to Guido Martelli — including from hidden chests or on the remains of those who’ve crossed your path. As you traverse the plains in Free Roam, you may hear of unlocked Homesteads and vulnerable Camps, ripe for the picking and begging to be relieved of a Capitale stash.
Accumulating enough Capitale for Guido Martelli will reveal Opportunities. These are dispatched by Martelli in a scheme to stifle a rising Lemoyne senator who is disrupting Bronte operations throughout the region. Each Opportunity can reveal various approaches to the task at hand — listen into nearby conversations or look out for important targets to uncover new paths to completion and weaken this politician’s position by bringing each of the three Jewels of the West to Martelli. The first of three Opportunities is available on July 13, while two more will unveil themselves in time.
THE QUICK DRAW CLUB
The Quick Draw Club is a series of four distinct rapid-fire passes, arriving in consecutive installments over the coming months. Purchasing each membership entitles you to rewards, bonuses, and items to help live life on the fringe of the law — starting with Dutch’s outfit, The Redcliff. With each consecutive pass you purchase, you’ll earn additional perks and rewards for continuing the journey.
Each pass will cost 25 Gold Bars, all of which you’ll earn back by completing the Pass’ 25 Ranks. As an added bonus, players who purchase all four passes will receive the upcoming Halloween Pass 2 for free.
NEW CLOTHING, RETURNING PASS ITEMS, AND MORE
In response to your feedback, the Skill and Satchel Pamphlets previously released via the Outlaw Pass — such as unlocking the ability to Fast Travel from a Wilderness Camp — will be placed on general sale at the Fence.
Plus, over the coming weeks and months, some of the most stylish and oft-requested clothing items from Outlaw Passes No. 2 and No. 3 return for players who were unable to obtain them — including Outfits worn by the legendary members of the Van der Linde Gang like Marston’s outfit, The Clelland, Arthur’s Haraway outfit, the Dedham outfit worn by Bill Williamson, and Javier’s The Zapatero outfit.