Rockstar details Red Dead Online launch plans

Angelica Greene
September 20, 2018

Red Dead Redemption 2 is set to release at the end of October, but its online multiplayer mode will only arrive in November.

"Red Dead Online" is an "evolution" of the original "Red Dead Redemption's" multiplayer mode, which will combine narrative elements with both cooperative and competitive gameplay options.

Rockstar also says that Red Dead Online will feature constant updates and adjustments to continuously improve on the online experience. In other words, a big online version of the open world in Red Dead Redemption 2, where you can trot about on your pony, buy fashionable spurs, and get shot by ingrates and outlaws with terrifying old west names such as XxAnime4LifexX and SackOfShit1999. We feel Grand Theft Auto Online really only found its feet creatively with Heists.

Rockstar also spoke more in-depth about the release with IGN, and you can catch up on all of their answers right here.

Imran Sarwar, director of design at Rockstar North, specified in an interview with IGN that the team is now focusing on "role-playing and morality" as distinguishing factors from GTA Online: "We want people to settle into their online characters and feel like every activity makes sense for the character, the setting and the time". They discussed how they're trying to blend the single-player and multiplayer experiences more seamlessly, with their goal to make the single-player prepare you for the online experience.

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As extraordinary as Grand Theft Auto V's sustained success has been, it would never have become one of the best-selling games of all time without Grand Theft Auto Online.

By the sounds of it, Red Dead Online will receive the bulk of Rockstar's post-launch support, much the way that Grand Theft Auto Online has.

As for what Red Dead Online is. well, that's still something of a mystery. Instead, it will initially release as a beta in November, accessible to everyone who purchased Red Dead Redemption 2.

As such, the team took the "best elements and content packs" from "GTA Online" for use with what would debut in "Red Dead Online".

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