If you thought it was a bit odd yesterday to see an uncritical interview in mainstream media on Red Dead Online after the game spent the year accumulating so little content that it prompted the Great Clown Uprising of 2020, then you’ve got a good eye. Apparently that interview was merely the vanguard for Rockstar’s big announcement today: It’s releasing RDO as a standalone game next week and teasing new content too.
“Red Dead Online […] will be available to purchase as a standalone game from the PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store, Rockstar Games Launcher, Epic Games Store and Steam on December 1st. For the first time, new players who do not already own Red Dead Redemption 2 can experience everything Red Dead Online has to offer, including access to all future content updates. […] Red Dead Online will be available […] at an introductory offer of $4.99 – which is 75% off the regular price – until February 15, 2021. Please note that PlayStation Plus and/or Xbox Live Gold are required to play. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Red Dead Online will be playable via backward compatibility on PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series hardware. The new standalone version of Red Dead Online will require up to 123GB of disk space and will also include the option to unlock Red Dead Redemption 2: Story Mode (purchased separately).”
As for the new content, it’s not an expansion MMO players think of them; it’s a role expansion, as the bounty hunter role will be expanded on with new baddies to hunt, new skills to unlock, and new gear to collect as you roll through the new bounty hunter ranks. “Those new to the game can prepare for next week’s big update by commencing the hunt to take down the frontier’s current crop of notorious reprobates,” Rockstar says. “Meet up with the Legendary Bounty Hunter in the town of Rhodes to procure a Bounty Hunter License and get started.”
Get Red Dead Online as a Standalone Game on December 1st.
New players who do not already own Red Dead Redemption 2 can experience everything Red Dead Online has to offer, including access to all future content updates. https://t.co/u09K5UeuAY pic.twitter.com/6Npqn8kNF8
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) November 24, 2020