Red Dead Redemption 2 has only been released in less than a month, and the game is already smashing records left and right. Just recently, the sequel surpassed the total lifetime sales of its predecessor in under 15 days. Now, Rockstar’s parent company, Take-Two Interactive, has narrowed down the release date of Red Dead Online, which is the upcoming multiplayer component of Red Dead Redemption 2.
While Red Dead Online was previously announced to launch this November, Rockstar did not reveal when precisely the multiplayer mode will be released. In an earnings call, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick confirmed that Red Dead Online would launch “toward the end of the month.” Although Zelnick's statement is still not as specific as one would like, at least players can expect Red Dead Online to launch sometime in the final two weeks of November, and may even coincide with the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday in the US.
During the release of Red Dead Redemption 2 late last month, Rockstar also launched a companion app that revealed tons of new information about Red Dead Online. Data miners have tirelessly sifted through the files of the app and discovered that just like Grand Theft Auto Online, Red Dead’s multiplayer component would also feature an adversary mode, which could take a similar format to the one featured in GTA Online. Moreover, Red Dead Online would also include private sessions and a “seamless PvE.” Unfortunately, the data miners weren’t able to discover how the PvE will work in Red Dead Online, but nonetheless, it is exciting to see what Rockstar has in store in the future.
As confirmed a couple of months ago, Red Dead Online will be initially released as a public beta, which will be the period for the studio to identify and fix bugs and other problems that may arise in the game. As for what players can expect in the upcoming mode, Rockstar said that Red Dead Online could be explored either alone or with friends, and the studio promised that it would strive to release constant updates and evolve the “experience for all players.”
Red Dead Redemption 2 is now available for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, while Red Dead Online beta goes live by the end of November 2018.