There’s something to be said about making the game shorter overall. The older you get, the less time you have to indulge in a 40-hour game. You have work to do, pay bills, and often don’t want to spend all three or four of your free hours during a day in front of a screen.
But a lot of games, especially live games, don’t want you anywhere else. They want you stuck in front of a screen or TV, playing. Ideally, they want you to progress through a battle or pass the season – some massive ladders of rewards, cosmetics, and other great extras with flashy rewards at the end. It is natural to want to reach the end. After all, why buy a game/season ticket and not finish it? We can tell ourselves we’re going to make it to the end, but it’s a snap decision every time. Life has a mind of its own and often decides that we can’t spend tens of hours on a game to complete passing a hundred ranks.
I don’t think the right solution to this is to get people to change their lives so they can start filling out those tickets they’ve spent up to $5 on. Instead, passes need to adapt and fit into our lives. That’s why when Rockstar announced the Blood Money update for Red Dead Online, I’m especially excited about the new, compact passes that come with it.
The system surpasses the standard of the game, Wheeler, Rawson & Co. Club Pass, as long as its name implies. The season goes by about three months in total and has 75 places to go, with such a second leg taking a whopping 100 to pass. Although going over that size means players get a lot of rewards, it also takes them hours and hours. Red Dead Online to actually finish it. I feel it’s not something I, along with so many others, have time for.
Instead, players can now purchase a Quick Draw Club Pass. It started on July 13 and ran until August 9. The best part? It only consists of 25 ranks. It is compact and allows the player to pass any rank easily in about 10 hours. For someone who can’t spend tons of hours on a game, this is the perfect alternative to giant passes in games like Fortnite.
In fact, it’s not clear why the industry standard for cards hasn’t moved to something much smaller like the Quick Draw Club Pass. For example, Call of Duty: WarzoneThe most recent season pass was a full 100 tiers, it’s hard to pass if you’re just playing Battlefield. A smaller battle pass will leave players with a filled pass and all the cosmetics they want, and even give developers a chance to sell more battle passes .
We don’t need to work to fill in the passes for the game; they will work for us. Signing in to your favorite game to play doesn’t need to feel like a chore, and thanks in part to its new, compact card, Red Dead Online is no longer one. I don’t care how much XP I get because I know that no matter what I do, I’ll be able to get the whole thing done. That experience needs to expand from Red Dead Online into other live service headers.