Rockstar Games revealed Red Dead Online and an Online Beta today. The “new online connected experience” will release in Beta in November after the main game launches at the end of October.
Word comes by way of a blog post on the Rockstar Games website. Details on the actual substance of Red Dead Online are pretty slim, but Rockstar has given a couple small tidbits that hint at what it will be. Firstly, they said that it will be an evolution of Red Dead Redemption’s online, which focused heavily on combining story with the competitive and cooperative nature of online. Rockstar promises a world ready for solo or group play, as well as continuous update to make the online experience better as time goes on.
In an interview with IGN, Driector of Design at Rockstar North, Imran Sarwar, talked a bit more about what players can expect. When talking about utilizing the open-world, Sarwar said, “Red Dead Online will use the world and gameplay mechanics of Red Dead Redemption 2 as a jumping off point for a new world of cowboys (and cowgirls) and outlaws that combines multiplayer and cooperative gameplay and narrative components in a huge open world.” Sarwar also mentioned that they will be using Grand Theft Auto Online as a template for Red Dead Online. The differences will lie in traversal for sure, but also in the kinds of activities you’ll take part in. He said, “…we want people to settle into their online characters and feel like every activity makes sense for the character, the setting and the time.”
Sarwar insisted that Grand Theft Auto Online will not go by the wayside once Red Dead Online is released, either. “We vaguely plan to stagger the updates of both games so that players can switch between the two, but our development plans may not always allow this!” He continued, “We think there will be a lot to love about Red Dead Online for fans of Grand Theft Auto Online, but we think that Red Dead Online will generate its own audience ready for something entirely new – however, exactly what form Red Dead Online will take as it finds it’s feet, we are not sure ourselves, but we think really want a focus on role-playing and morality.”
Red Dead Online will first come as a Beta in November. It will be open to the public, and will be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Red Dead Redemption 2 as a whole is coming to both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 26.