Exciting to think that we’re just over five weeks away from the release of Red Dead Redemption 2. The hugely anticipated game from Rockstar is due October 26, 2018 and it’s certainly looking to be something special.
To add to the excitement, Rockstar have revealed details of the online component of the upcoming western. Red Dead Online, as it will be known, will not be available from the launch of the game. Instead, it will launch in November 2018 as a public beta, perhaps anticipating the sheer volume of traffic the servers will get on release.
Rockstar made the announcement online today:
“Today we’re excited to announce Red Dead Online, a new online connected experience set against the backdrop of Red Dead Redemption 2’s enormous open world.
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.”
So there we go. Sounds like we’ll learn more soon, but for now we’ll have to go on the tidbit they’ve thrown us so far. Not long to go before we’re riding round in the West again.