Red Dead Redemption 2’s multiplayer version, Red Dead Online, hits beta this November

    
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When I mentioned I was writing this piece, one of my colleages politely asked why the heck we were covering Red Dead Redemption 2 at all. “Does it have a major online component that I’ve missed?” he wondered aloud.

Why yes, yes it does! In fact, Rockstar just confirmed the multiplayer that it had previously teased. It’s even got a special name: Red Dead Online. If you’re familiar with the Grand Theft Auto series and GTAO, you’ll immediately grok the pattern.

“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.”

Launch is currently planned for November 2018 “initially as a public beta.” And no, you won’t have to buy anything but the PS4 or Xbox One version of RDR2 (those launch October 26th) to get in. PC is still not mentioned, though it’s been long-rumored. Gamers will recall that the title was first announced in October of 2016 with a fall 2017 launch planned. But by May of last year, Rockstar pushed that estimate off into 2018, barely making its own “summer” deadline to pick spring 2018 for the console launch. Then in February, it delayed until October. Looks like that date is sticking!

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Rottenrotny

I pre-ordered the physical PS4 version from Amazon. I’d prefer it for PC, but I want to get in there and play. Impatient! Haha

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Robert Mann

Ah, console only for now still. Nope. No can do. I’m not dropping that money on something that is worse than my PC for some meager handful of exclusives that are interesting. In fact, the entire ‘exclusive’ thing merely makes me less likely to support any such platform. It just feels like the seedy kind of private ‘club’ that is desperately trying to get your money by promoting the idea that you could be having fun if only you paid the entry fee.

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xpsync

Why no pc? WHY?

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nobleeinherjar

The theory I’ve seen going around is they’re going to try getting people to triple-dip like they did with GTA V. Initial release, next-gen port, then finally a PC port.

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xpsync

I’ll admit i doubled on GTA V, had it on the console, when it finally came to PC i bought it again, migrated my account over and never looked back. So much better on the PC.

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nobleeinherjar

I doubled, too. Once they announced being able to migrate, I got the PS4 version and just played the online mode, grinding up my stats so I’d have all that over and done with when the PC version came out.

And, honestly, there’s a chance I’ll double-dip on RDR2, too, depending on what platforms it releases on and when. My GPUs don’t have a chance in hell of running RDR2 so I’ll be picking it up on my PS4 Pro. If I’m able to upgrade my GPU down the line, chances are good I’ll rebuy it. But I’ve already accepted the fact that I’m not going to have patience enough to wait for a PC version >.>

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

GTA killed it sales-wise on Steam for all the people doubting its coming to the PC at all. They’re not gonna leave all those dollars unspent.

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Siphaed

And with this they’ve confirmed it’s not coming to PC. And with that they’ve made us PC gamers not care at all.

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xpsync

Now i’m like; Red Dead what?

I finally caved and grabbed RD on the x for 10 bucks and enjoyed it for awhile but console games are not for me. Since i could not get through the original… i highly doubt i’ll grab this even for 10 now.

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Mick the Barbarian

PC port may be “long rumored”, but I’m not believing it until I see an official announcement. People that say it makes financial sense …. but so would a port of the original RDR. That never happened.

Not believing it until I see the announcement.

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whowutwhen

They like money, you will get your poorly optimized port at some point.

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Amorey

This sounds really good but only if they make female characters playable . These days no game, MMO or single player, should be without this option, no matter what kind of historical setting devs are using so no excuse

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John Bagnoli

Uh, single player games of course should be without an option to play as female depending on the type of game and its story. Just as there are single player games that have no option to play a male, ala Tomb Raider. God of War has a main male protagonist and it is an integral part of the story. Ditto with the female protagonists of Horizon and Hellblade. Or the main male character of Uncharted.

I mean really.

As far as Red Dead Online, I’d bet dollar to donuts you can make and customize your own female character. Just like in GTAO.

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Denice J. Cook

GTA Online has female playable characters. Character creation is actually better than you would expect there.

Gender locking is something you usually see from small studios (Wild West Online comes immediately to mind here), because they don’t have the dev team size or resources (money and time) to redo the animations and re-scale the gear and weapon sizes for a second gender. That’s often why, in smaller MMORPGs with multiple races, that classes are race locked as well.

Rockstar’s got more money than God. I wouldn’t worry about it.

Edit: See? You have nothing to worry about: http://www.ign.com/articles/2018/09/19/red-dead-online-devs-reveal-first-details

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.

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Carebear

The single player version does not have a playable female character… Does the online version at least let you create and customize your character and also able to play as female?

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Denice J. Cook

Yes, you can roll a female character in the online portion of the game. Please read the link and quote from Rockstar I put in the post I made just above your post here. :)

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Carebear

Thanks!