Rockstar details Red Dead Online launch plans

Gerardo Harmon
September 21, 2018

Red Dead Redemption 2 is an absolutely massive story-based game that we hope people will be lost in for a long time and we want people to experience everything that world has to offer before we build on that with the Online experience.

Rockstar has revealed their plans for Red Dead Online, the multiplayer component of Red Dead Redemption 2. If this online mode becomes anywhere near as successful as GTA Online, then I think players can forgive not getting the full mode at launch. Rockstar calls Red Dead Online "an evolution" of the multiplayer experience in Red Dead 1. Access to Red Dead Online will be available to anyone with a copy of Red Dead Redemption 2 and is expected to go through the same life cycle as GTA Online too, with constant updates and adjustments.

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Yes, Red Dead 2's brings a more detailed simulation of horse genitalia than I'm frankly comfortable with, and after everyone giggled about dick physics in that first trailer some of the people invited to a recent preview event chose to ask the burning question. As the team explains in an interview with IGN, there were multiple factors that led to the decision to hold back the online portion of the game, including the fact that it wants players to experience the single-player campaign first.

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.

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Digital Foundry reports that the engine is using more sophisticated techniques to render in-game characters and effects, meaning that players, in the end, are going to get a better overall gameplay experience.

Will it be as big as GTA Online? Red Dead Online is slated for an unknown date in November. We also fully expect that you'll be able to form a gang at some point during the online mode's development. We feel Grand Theft Auto Online really only found its feet creatively with Heists. According to Rockstar, the cutscenes are the only part of the game that isn't in first-person. A beta also shows that Rockstar has learned from the rocky launch of Grand Theft Auto Online several years ago and will take this opportunity to iron out any potential wrinkles.

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