Asked & Answered: Red Dead Redemption Multiplayer, DLC, Hunting and More

Posted on May 27 2010, 10:53am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

In the week since the release of Red Dead Redemption, we've received all sorts of questions about the game.  With no further ado - here's an all-new Asked & Answered addressing a few of the inquiries submitted via Newswire comments, Mouthoff email, Twitter and Facebook.

“Can I get confirmation that a fix is coming 4 the Mo Van Barr issue? Hope it's soon or I'm gonna finish the game b4 i get him” received via Twitter
“Am still suffering Connection issues…” - 9907563
“I’m also getting some problems while in single player where it locks up once in awhile?” received via Mouthoff

First off, for anyone experiencing these or any other issues - thank you not only for your patience as we work through them but for your great help in reporting them to us.  As hopefully you can appreciate, with a game as vast as Red Dead Redemption and with such wide open online multiplayer, there are unfortunately a few things that only really rear their heads once the game is on public servers and lots of players are online.

We are right now working round the clock on a title update for both Xbox 360 and PS3 that will address the main persisting issues, including the ones above.  We’re aiming to have this ready and live for download within the next few days.  We thank you for your patience.

We also wanted to let everyone know that we’ve beefed up our Support to be better than ever in order to try and help you guys with any isolated issues that may come up. 
There’s a robust Red Dead Redemption FAQ at our official Support site – you can see Popular Support Topics at
We have also established a dedicated Support email address just for Red Dead Redemption which you can reach at
And just in the past day, we’ve launched a Rockstar Support Twitter feed where our staff can help you with any issues in 140 characters or less:
Thanks again everyone for holding tight and bearing with us as we work through this stuff as quickly as we possibly can.

“My Red Dead Redemption code for the Deadly Assassin outfit is not working! Every time it says "Failed to connect to R* Code unlock server. Please try again later." Help?”received via Mouthoff

Apologies to anyone who was having trouble redeeming their downloadable outfit codes or any other pre-order bonus content.  This was just a case of the servers being outright pounded with download demand – and has since been alleviated.  Please do give it another go.  There’s some detailed support help for this one at our support site at the following links: and  If you’re still experiencing any issues, please hit up our Support email address or Twitter feed above and we’ll be glad to help you through it.

“What exactly is this John Hillcoat short film of Red Dead? is it a prequel?”received via Mouthoff

No. A Short Film Made From Red Dead Redemption is not a prequel – instead, director John Hillcoat was given free reign to use the world of Red Dead Redemption as his own personal film studio, manipulating characters, animals, sound and weather to create his own personal vision of the first chapter of Marston's story – his quest to capture Bill Williamson. By capturing gameplay footage and editing cutscenes, Hillcoat and editor Barry Alexander Brown were able to create a unique short film that deals with one specific slice of the game's story. (Confession - there are about two or three lines of dialogue we re-recorded for the piece, and a couple where we had to remove bad language. Otherwise it is 100% from the game.)

“I just love this game it’s one of my favorite of all time. But I was noticing when I was looking around I saw an American flag with 50 stars on it. I’m pretty sure that all the 50 states weren't recognized yet.” received via Mouthoff

We doubled back and had another look after seeing this one – as you may know, we try to be sticklers for authenticity - although of course we make mistakes.  After counting and re-counting, the flag in the game indeed has the correct 46 stars that it would have during the time period – before the statehood of New Mexico (1912), Arizona (1912), Alaska (1959) and Hawaii (1959).

“Please add more things to do for CO OP Free roam. Missions etc. Will pay for DLC or co op pack.” received via Twitter

We’ve announced the Outlaws to the End (free) Co-Op DLC Pack, which you should expect sometime in June.  We’ll have more details on that pack specifically very soon. Look for some screens unveiling one of the other missions in that pack very soon.  But also know that there will definitely be more DLC packs to follow, later this summer and into the fall.  Some exciting things are planned – we’ll be announcing info including release time frames and pricing on those in the coming months.

“Where exactly are the hunting challenges in free roam?” received via Twitter

Hunting challenges are seamlessly incorporated into the Free Roam online experience – in other words, all you have to do to trigger them is kill an animal.  You must be leveled up to at least level 2 in Multiplayer (which is pretty easy to accomplish) and then kill a deer, coyote, wolf, cougar or elk in Free Roam to unlock the Hunter 1 Challenges.  You will then see on-screen messaging directing you into the Challenge.  Note that there are also Hunter 2 Challenges that unlock at level 12.

“Great game but some of us gamers would really enjoy the option to play expert aim only freeroam.” received via Twitter
“Any plans to add a hardcore free roam? i think a lot of people would like that”received via Twitter

Free Roam has been designed to serve as a wide open lobby experience with as few restrictions as possible so people could play they way they were used to in single player (be it casual, normal, or expert targeting).  That said, we always listen to feedback from our players and may be including this in a future update.  If it does happen, please be advised it may take a while to create, code, properly test and implement – so may not be something you see until later this summer but we are looking into it and figuring out if we can make it happen.  In the meantime, our best advice if you’re looking for an Expert-Aim-only Free Roam experience is to start a private session with likeminded friends and other players posseing up at Red Dead fan boards and sites like the ones listed here.  We will keep you posted.

“Is there a way on the xbox to bring your party into a public free roam?”received via Twitter

Sure – here’s some steps on how-to.  After forming an Xbox LIVE party, invite friends into your match.  If in single player, press the ‘Start’ button on the controller to pause the game.  Choose ‘Multiplayer’ from the list and then either ‘Xbox LIVE Private’ or ‘Xbox LIVE Public’.  Once in Free Roam, pause the game, select ‘Multiplayer’ and choose ‘Invite Xbox LIVE Party’.

“When is the next multiplayer event??” - itouchroland

We’re playing Red Dead Redemption online literally every day for the entire month following last week’s release of the game.  Every Monday for the next couple of weeks, we’ll be announcing the lineup right here at the Newswire of what and when we’re playing.  If you’re on Facebook or Twitter, you should also make sure you’re following us to get a shout exactly when we’re heading online.  If you’re asking about our next official Social Club Multiplayer Event (with live stream and chat), the next one is a PS3 session happening next week on Thursday, June 3rd from 4-7 PM Eastern.  There will be an Xbox LIVE session later in June.  You can check out the full calendar of those live streaming events here.

“Whats the point of the $$ in free roam that u collect at gang hideouts? #reddeadredemption” received via Twitter

Money collected at gang hideouts in Free Roam (Twin Rocks, etc) is applied to your experience points after all enemies at a gang hideout are killed.  So that cash becomes essentially bonus points for your XP.

“What style is John Marston's hat? People always buy such simple mementos for games they like, like a ballcap or an action figure or a shirt. But I need a decent hat, and I figure, I'd like to have Marston's.”
received via Mouthoff

Glad to help.  We’ve checked with our designers and the best reference for the style of hat Marston wears is a Light Center Crease, Modified-Cattleman.  You should be able to track that sucker down at any number of Western outfitter online store sites by doing a bit of light googling.

“I had read that if you kill a R* Dev,employee etc that you would be entered for a chance..or would be able to get a character in your likeness in upcoming DLC? Does that mean we will somehow be able to have our faces from real life in a character in multiplayer?”received via Mouthoff
“Do u have to kill someone who has killed a 'rockstar' person by the end of the month???” G1ng3rSc0tsm4n

Yup – this is the Red Dead Rockstar challenge continues on through this coming Tuesday June 1st.  Make sure you’re jumping in to our daily play sessions between now and then for your best chance at bucking one of us down.  Or try and find someone online who’s already got the Achievement, as it is indeed viral – so killing them will help you attain it as well.  For full official rules on the challenge and chance to have your likeness appear as a character in upcoming DLC (specifics to be announced) check out

“I live in Sweden and i just noticed that this version of RDR uses Feet and Miles for measurements. There is a whole world outside of the USA that uses Meter and KiloMeters out there, you know!” - RobbyS

Of course!  Don’t think that anyone in 1911 America knew what a kilometre was though.  You really don’t need to have a strong sense of the American or the metric system of measurement in order to play through any of the gameplay.

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  • M0SSAiBon October 26 2011, 2:40pmReplyFlag
    thank u
    • WhoElseWantsMoreon October 17 2011, 5:38pmReplyFlag
      Who Else Wants More? Do You Want More? If So Join The Facebook Campaign Here Red Dead Redemption Who Else Wants More? The Campaign is for new Singleplayer and Multiplayer DLC's like Landon Ricketts DLC, John in the Gang before the events of RDR, Cowboys & Aliens DLC, new hideouts, new locations for Undead OverRun like towns, Cart Races, new multiplayer characters, new Hunting Grounds and a Drinking Game etc
      • R* Yon August 24 2011, 11:34amReplyFlag
        Thanks guys for all the questions, please hit us up at if you have anything to ask us
        • GTA.STEVE-Oon February 16 2011, 5:43pmReplyFlag
          I don't mean to double post but I just had an Idea of another gang shoot-out mode. Starting with the customary 10 step back to back duel. Just say there is 5 on each team. If one person from each team/gang gets picked out to start. Then after that the opposing team that lost the duel came out of nowhere with knifes to try kill the guy that one. That would be funny and also a blast. But just a suggestion. RDR is so vast as it is. I do feel it needed a little more humour to it. LIke GTA IV, well all of the GTA's. The signs and all of that. Made me laugh all the time. Thank you again for your time. P.S get the train in free roam haha.
          • GTA.STEVE-Oon February 16 2011, 5:29pmReplyFlag
            Hello, I was just wondering why you took the lasso out of multi-player on RDR. I heard a rumour that is was because people tied people to trees and left the game. Can you not fix that by making a time limit on how long they can be tied up for? Until they miraculously cut them self free with a knife? I purchased this game at a later date then others that got to enjoy the experience of the lasso. Therefor I would greatly appreciate it if you put the lasso back in free roam in the next DLC, better if it was without auto-aim. I know I am not in a place to subject reason. But it would be very handy. For the customary onslaught of ones anger I get towards my methods at the game. Thank you for your time.
            • 13258766on February 11 2011, 2:42pmReplyFlag
              how do u get on to out laws to the end cos i have downloaded it but how do u get on it
              • 10026439on January 17 2011, 5:49pmReplyFlag
                hi rock-star i'v got a suggestion it would be nice to have the train in online free mode in red dead redemption weather you can drive it or not i just like to go for the ride in single player and it would be nice if you could put it in free roam online so people can have option to teleport or ride the train and enjoy the scenery and the ride and there has been more talk about the on the net then you could possibly Imagen so could you please put it in online free mode p.s. thank you for you time
                • 12139167on October 26 2010, 10:24amReplyFlag
                  I was wondering what is the Rcode on red dead redemption main menu and whats it for.
                  • Myidashishon September 24 2010, 12:57pmReplyFlag
                    hi guys i just want to know IS SOCIALCLUB CHALLENGES FOR SINGLE PLAYER IN FREE ROAM OR MP?
                    and WHAT IS THE HIGHEST RANK IN RDR MP (mine is 28)
                    • ALEX-USA-NYon August 24 2010, 7:31pmReplyFlag
                      Well done! GTA 4 is COOL!!!
                      • UpNSmoke225on August 23 2010, 1:29pmReplyFlag
                        seriously R* - the train is a must....even if its in a separate game mode (maybe Attack & Defend??). would be really awesome to ride up and board a moving train while defenders are shooting away with Gatling guns and whatever. maybe even throw a safe in there to crack for the win! possibilities are endless
                        • nickyp69on July 25 2010, 9:07pmReplyFlag
                          Some of the gang matches i enter have few players. When i return to free roam to try to find a new gang match i always get stuck coming back to the same one.. is it because others are full or there is nobody playing!? I dont understand.
                          • Texnet12on July 25 2010, 8:13amReplyFlag
                            Rockstar do u think there is a chance there will be any duel wielding and/or a game mode thats like a dueling competition to see like who's the faster out of your friends and also at the end when you know what happens to john was there that FBI agent who was always with Ross there because if not why was he not?
                            • R* Yon July 19 2010, 5:35pmReplyFlag
                              @Niko_Bellic_85 Thanks, since we haven't announced any plans for the train to be in multiplayer, I'm afraid I don't have an answer for you, but we do appreciate that you took the time to share your thoughts, best thing to do for now is to stay tuned here on the Rockstar Newswire for details on all of our upcoming game announcements.
                              • Niko_Bellic_85on July 13 2010, 8:46pmReplyFlag
                                Hey i have a good question, I've asked people that I've played with in free roam, do you think it would be cool to have the ability to operate the Train in the game if it "was" in the game? then they said, "that would be awesome", now why Rockstar, would you take that away in free roam?
                                • chickasawnationon July 11 2010, 7:16amReplyFlag
                                  Yesterday I posted the message about not being able to level up. I figured out what I was doing wrong which was looking at the level rating under my I D profile which I guess is only for single player mode. Someone explained to me that the level ratings are shown beside the names in multiplayer mode and immediately I noticed I was on level 22 and not stuck on level 4. So that problem due to my ignorance is gone, however I would still like to know if there is a way to edit my ID name but not affect my current status in multiplayer.
                                  • chickasawnationon July 10 2010, 9:38amReplyFlag
                                    Is there any way to correct/change the spelling of my player ID but save everything else associated with my current ID?
                                    • chickasawnationon July 10 2010, 9:33amReplyFlag
                                      OK, I am new to the world of RockStar games and this is my first multiplayer experience, but I am learning fast and am addicted, and I mean addicted, to this game. Having said that, I have a question about leveling up. I seem to be stuck on level 4. I understand that clearing a gang hideout with a good posse in a short time is a good way to level up, but after an hour or two of hard won battles and getting the screen message that I have gone up a level, and the "Saving..." message, I exit the game and check my level in the PS3 bar menu under my ID and it always says the same thing, level 4, 26% and the same trophies. What don't I understand about leveling up ??? My multi-player progress does not seem to be getting saved. Is there a way to check my level without exiting multi-player mode? Great game doesn't even begin to tell you how much I am enjoying this! Thanks.
                                      • 10701196on June 27 2010, 9:43amReplyFlag
                                        I've had red dead since the 21st of june, i played all through the single player and thought it was amazing, I hadn't sampled multiplayer until i finished, as I didn't want anyone giving anything away (great story btw.)
                                        But yeah i've been playing online for about 5-6 hours now over two days.. and in that space of time there has been one other person on multiplayer, is this a bug? Can i swap some servers or something? Its quite depressing trying to level up on a multiplayer mode with noone else there to actually try the pvp/co-op side of things out.
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