There aren't too many people more excited for Red Dead Redemption than yours truly, but there are plenty of inner outlaws at Co-Optimus and the Colony of Gamers who are ready to begin their open-world posse adventures. For the better part of a year, May 18th couldn't come soon enough.
Today, our attention is diverted to the month shortly after release - Rockstar has announced that they intend to release three downloadable content packs, the first of which lands on the Xbox Live Marketplace and the PlayStation Network simultaneously. Better still: this first pack is free, and it's pure four-player co-op.
'Scuse me while I whip this out.
Rockstar Games Announces ‘Outlaws To The End’ Co-Op Mission Pack for Red Dead Redemption
Free-to-download co-op game play coming to Red Dead Redemption
New York, NY - May 5, 2010 - Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), is proud to announce the ‘Outlaws To The End’ Co-Op multiplayer Mission Pack for Red Dead Redemption. Available FREE this June simultaneously for Xbox LIVE® and PlayStation® Network, this brand new co-op mode adds an entirely new dimension to Red Dead Redemption’s game play.
“Multiplayer in Red Dead Redemption offers players a whole new way to encounter the massive open world we’ve created, but we felt the experience would not be complete without co-op game play,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “With these missions, we wanted to create new ways for players to share in the experience of engaging with this amazing landscape.”
One of three downloadable content packs, the ‘Outlaws To The End’ Co-Op Mission Pack features six all-new multiplayer missions full of outlaws, epic gunfights, and revolution for 2-4 players. The ‘Outlaws to the End’ Co-Op Mission Pack offers additional multiplayer XP rewards and brand new Achievements and Trophies to unlock. These six explosive and epic missions will play out across the game world, including:
Walton’s Gang have taken control of a mining camp rich with gold. Fight through the camp and load your mine cart with as much gold as you can carry and get out as fast as you can – Walton’s boys have rigged the place to blow.
Ride a raft down river, taking out rebel encampments along the way until you reach the rebel stronghold of Nosalida and a final epic battle for the town’s massive weapons caches. Watch out for Gatling gun-equipped enemy rafts.
The Mexican Army has the town of Tesoro Azul under siege. Storm the gates under heavy cannon, Gatling gun and sniper fire to destroy the Mexican artillery placements.
Free missions? Four-player co-op? Persistent XP across co-op and multiplayer? Aside from the obviously missing splitscreen, it may not get much better than this.
Check out the gallery below if your blood pressure isn't high enough already.