Rockstar Games announced that an online mode for Red Dead Redemption 2 is scheduled to go live starting this November for Xbox One and PS4. Red Dead Online will arrive a month after the initial release of the single-player story so that gamers can get their feet wet and acclimated to the gameplay mechanics, character handling, horse-riding, and gunslinging.
According to the brief page posted up over on the Rockstar website, Red Dead Online will offer players both competitive and cooperative gameplay experiences. The online portion of the game will be free to anyone who who owns a physical or digital copy of Read Dead Redemption 2.
According to direct of design, Imran Sarwar, from Rockstar North, he told IGN that with the launch of Red Dead Online it could mean fewer updates for GTA Online as both games will receive staggered updates in the near future…
“We still have big plans for Grand Theft Auto Online and we will continue to roll out updates for the foreseeable future. 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! 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. That may all change as the game comes out, but that’s the direction we are heading in now! And we are going to be working together on that with our incredible community to make this online experience into something amazing.”
Details about the actual online modes and gameplay types weren’t revealed, nor did Rockstar go into detail about the microtransactions, but you can definitely expect them to play that up heavily when the game does launch on October 12th for the Xbox One and PS4.