Double your loot in Red Dead Redemption multiplayer this weekend

You've been riding that sorry excuse for a burro long enough, don't you think? Wouldn't you like your Red Dead Redemption multiplayer avatar to skirt around the dusty plains on a sleek, muscular stallion? Don't you want him to wield only the most polished, modern armaments? You need to get that fool's level up -- a task which will be made easier this weekend, when Rockstar will double the XP you earn when playing the game's online multiplayer component.

The promotion began at 1 pm EST today, and runs until midnight EST on Sunday, August 15. Saddle up -- provided you can actually afford a saddle for your aforementioned budget-priced donkey.

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This weekend, Rockstar games invites members of the online community to rack up double multiplayer experience points in the world of Red Dead Redemption. From 1pm EST Friday, August 13 to midnight EST Sunday, August 15, as part of a posse or riding solo, explore the wide open spaces of New Austin, soak in modernity and sophistication in West Elizabeth, or take part in the burgeoning revolution in Nuevo Paraiso to earn double XP and level up at twice the speed. Gaining XP unlocks new weapons, mounts and characters, which can be accessed in the Outfitter menu.

With its nine new multiplayer maps, the newly released Legends & Killers Pack offers even more locations and challenges to earn double XP. Take on free-for-all or team based matches in brand new maps made specifically for online play, including Blackwater, Fort Mercer, and Rio Bravo.

Whether conquering gang hideouts or other posses, Red Dead Redemption's multiplayer world offers an engaging and completely innovative multiplayer experience.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.