Next month, Rockstar is releasing Red Dead Redemption 2, and we already know the Western will feature a robust single-player mode. What we haven’t heard about, however, is the much-anticipated online mode for the game. Today, the developer provided a few concrete details about the experience, which will be known as Red Dead Online. Here’s how Rockstar describes it:
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.
GTA Online has become a huge part of Grand Theft Auto V — helping the game become one of the best-selling video games of all time — and Rockstar is clearly trying to repeat that success with its Wild West epic. RDR2 is launching on October 26th for the Xbox One and PS4, but the beta for Red Dead Online won’t be available until November. Rockstar says the online mode will be free for anyone who buys the base game.
“As with most online experiences of this size and scale, there will inevitably be some turbulence at launch,” Rockstar says.