Red Dead Online beta announced for this November

Isaac Cain
September 20, 2018

Red Dead Online, the multiplayer component of Red Dead Redemption 2, won't launch alongside the game.

Speaking to IGN, Rockstar representatives offered additional details about Red Dead Online, stating that the company "tried to take the best elements and best content packs from Grand Theft Auto Online and use them for templates for what we are making here". It'll be playable alone or with pals, and the studio is unsurprisingly committing itself "to constant updates and adjustments to grow and evolve this experience for all players". That changed last night when the studio outlined its launch plans, with Red Dead Online set to release shortly after the main game.

For anyone that has Red Dead Redemption 2 for either Xbox One or PlayStation 4 (sadly, still no PC), the service will be completely free. This sounds a lot like the online mode for Grand Theft Auto V, another game produced by Rockstar. Imran Sarwar, Director of Design at Rockstar North, and Josh Needleman, Senior Producer at Rockstar San Diego, sat down with IGN to reveal more information.

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Rockstar Games didn't give much away about what Red Dead Online will be like, only that it will be an evolution of what fans have come to know. Needleman calmed fears by assuring us that GTA Online will continue to get updates "for the foreseeable future".

The pair addressed concerns regarding the future of GTA Online once Red Dead Online releases. "We love story-based, single-player games and they are the foundation of everything we do". If this new online mode will indeed emulate the "classic multiplayer experience" of the original game, that means that it just might resemble GTA Online in many ways while, perhaps, placing a greater emphasis on its individual competitive modes. Grand Theft Auto Online is still popular and relevant five years after the game's launch, which is impressive by nearly anyone's standards. However, if GTA Online is any indication, Red Dead Online will probably be built with the potential for ample microtransactions.

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