Red Dead Online Announced, But It Won't Be Available On Day One

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Red Dead Redemption 2 comes out Oct. 26. Rockstar Games

As such, it came as no surprise on Wednesday when GTA developer Rockstar Games announced that Red Dead Online will accompany Red Dead Redemption 2 when it hits later this year.

Rockstar says Red Dead Online will use Red Dead Redemption 2's gameplay and world as a "foundation" for creating a new multiplayer experience, building on the ideas present in the original Red Dead Redemption's multiplayer mode. "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", posted Rockstar.

Access to Red Dead Online will be free to anyone with a copy of Red Dead Redemption 2 on Playstation 4 or Xbox. We feel Grand Theft Auto Online really only found its feet creatively with Heists. In an interview with IGN, two Rockstar bods, Imran Sarwar and Josh Needleman, spoke a little more about their Westworldlike and what kind of hi-jinks might be added to it in the long run.

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When it comes to the Red Dead Online experience, fans can expect the same settings, mechanics, and freedom as they can from the single-player campaign, but the online context will serve to create a world of its own.

We still have big plans for Grand Theft Auto Online and we will continue to roll out updates for the foreseeable future.

Either way, guess we'll find out in November. 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. However, if GTA Online is any indication, Red Dead Online will probably be built with the potential for ample microtransactions. Instead, it will initially release as a beta in November, accessible to everyone who purchased Red Dead Redemption 2. 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, the mode's popularity arguably came at the cost of the single player experience: teased DLC never materialized, and numerous features GTA Online has received over time haven't been implemented into the core game.

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