The news may come as a blow if you ploughed through the story mode of Red Dead Redemption 2 in a matter of days, or a blessed relief if you're continually being mauled to death in the snowy mountains - the beta for online mode will arrive 'towards the end of the month'.
Red Dead Online was always expected to drop in November, but now at least you know a surprise launch isn't something you have to be excited or anxious about... depending on whether you're kicking your heels, feeding your horse sugar cubes to pass the time, or still desperately trying to avoid a bear-based death in your story mode.
Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two Interactive, who own Rockstar Games, confirmed the online mode would be released 'towards the end of the month' while reporting the company's earnings for its 2019 fiscal second quarter.
According to the Daily Star, he said: "It's way too early to talk about Red Dead Redemption 2 Online, it hasn't released yet.
"It will launch in public beta towards the end of the month and Rockstar will have a lot more to say about it. We're not making any current predictions."
His refusal to make predictions was in response to a question about how Mr Zelnick expected the launch of Red Dead Online to compare to GTA Online.
Gamers will be chomping at the bit to learn more about the online version of the game, which will be free to access for anyone who owns Red Dead Redemption 2 (and an Xbox One or a PlayStation 4).
Red Dead Redemption 2 Release Coming Soon. Credit: Rockstar Games
A brief summary of Read Dead Online on the Rockstar website reads as follows: "Red Dead Online is an evolution of the classic multiplayer experience in the original Red Dead Redemption, blending narrative with competitive and cooperative gameplay in fun new ways.
"Using the gameplay of Red Dead Redemption 2 as a foundation, Red Dead Online will be ready to be explored alone or with friends, and will also feature constant updates and adjustments to grow and evolve this experience for all players.
"As with most online experiences of this size and scale, there will inevitably be some turbulence at launch.
"We look forward to working with our amazing and dedicated community to share ideas, help us fix teething problems and work with us to develop Red Dead Online into something really fun and innovative."
In the meantime, if you're bored of feeding your horse sugar cubes, currently have no life outside of Red Dead 2 and need to pass time until the launch of Read Dead Online, have you tried making a massive penis in the snow, getting rat-arsed or interfering with KKK meetings?
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