Red Dead Redemption 2: Rockstar Games Reveal Red Dead Online
Multiplayer is confirmed for next month's highly anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2, but don't expect it to be available from launch.
Instead, Rockstar Games plan to release Red Dead Online as a public BETA in November, before the multiplayer service is fully implemented.
The announcement for a "new online connected experience set against the backdrop of Red Dead Redemption 2's enormous open world" was made yesterday via Twitter.
The statement reads:
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 the upcoming 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.
Red Dead Online is planned for launch in November 2018, initially as a public beta, with more news to come soon. 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.
Access to Red Dead Online is free to anyone with a copy of Red Dead Redemption 2 on either PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.
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Read Dead 2's multiplayer seems to pay homage to Grand Theft Auto V's heavily played multiplayer service, GTA Online. This means Rockstar will most likely invest the same amount of time and effort into the online Western world as they have for Los Santos, which isn't a bad thing - we'd still like single-player DLC, though.
Rockstar told IGN that Red Dead Online would use components from 2010's Red Dead Redemption multiplayer but take it "much further, and combine that with everything we've learned in the years since then with our favourite elements from Grand Theft Auto Online.
"We feel Grand Theft Auto Online really only found its feet creatively with Heists," senior producer Josh Needleman explained. "Our aim this time is to get there a bit quicker, but still be responsive to what people enjoy playing and evolve as we go."
Red Dead Redemption 2 hits stores on 26 October for Xbox One and PS4, will you be playing Red Dead Online? Let us know.
Featured Image Credit: Rockstar Games