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Rockstar giving Red Dead Online players more free cash, gold bars

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Update 1.05 includes a cash ‘thank you’ for those who pre-ordered or purchased Special or Ultimate Editions

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Rockstar Games is once again handing out free money to players who have tested out Red Dead Online’s beta. That includes free gold bars, that game’s premium currency, as well as an infusion of cash for certain players. The announcement was included today in a news release detailing the game’s latest patch.

Players who have already participated in the beta, or who do so through Dec. 20, will receive an additional 15 gold bars by Dec. 24. This is in addition to the gold bars already handed out earlier this month.

In addition, players who pre-ordered Red Dead Redemption 2, or purchased the Special Edition, will receive an additional $100 of in-game cash. Those who purchased the Ultimate Edition will receive $1,000.

“We’d once again like to acknowledge our incredible Red Dead Online community for their continued support, patience and detailed feedback during this beta period,” Rockstar said on its official website.

Shortly after the beta launched, players made their displeasure with Red Dead Online’s economy known. Rockstar has since vowed to adjust those issues. Today’s patch was decently sized, coming in at approximately 1.4 GB on PlayStation 4. The notes that accompanied it are brief, comprised of only a single line: “General improvements to fix game stability, save data and to address exploits.”