Rockstar Games has revealed Red Dead Online, the multiplayer component for Red Dead Redemption 2.
Following the massive success of GTA Online, Rockstar made sure to implement a similar online open world experience for the Western franchise. The online version of the game will launch in November in an open beta, but will not be included with the single-player Red Dead Redemption 2.
The mode will allow players to explore the wild, wild West alone or as a part of a group, actively competing against other players from around the world. Speaking with IGN, Director of Design at Rockstar North Imran Sarwar and Senior Producer of Rockstar San Diego Josh Needleman explained some of their decisions when it came to the mode and how to best implement it.
“One of the biggest differences between GTA and Red Dead universes is that you’re often speeding through or flying over a GTA world," Needleman said, "whereas in Red Dead Redemption the change of pace elevates the intimacy of the overall experience. Like the single player game’s story of Arthur Morgan, we want people to settle into their online characters and feel like every activity makes sense for the character, the setting and the time. This should feel intimate and personal while still feeling fun and action-packed from moment to moment.”
Read Dead Online enters public beta in November. Red Dead Redemption 2 is scheduled to be released Oct. 26 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.