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Red Dead Online Announced, But It Won't Be Available On Day One

Hold your horses.

If you expected to be able to jump into Red Dead Redemption 2’s online multiplayer on day one, then I’ve got another thing coming for you. Rockstar have announced that Red Dead Online’s launch won’t come until November, the month after Red Dead Redemption 2’s release, and even then it will be starting as a beta and not as a “finished” product.

Borrowing the pseudo standalone nomenclature that GTA Online used after GTA V’s release, they’re also taking the launch schedule. GTA Online was held back until two weeks after GTA V was unleashed onto the world, giving people time to play through and digest the single player, and for Rockstar to work on erasing early bugs and issues that people found.

Of course, they’re bracing themselves for another monumentally popular launch, and so are adopting a beta tag on this occasion, saying that “As with most online experiences of this size and scale, there will inevitably be some turbulence at launch.”

More details will be coming soon, but for now all we really know is that Red Dead Online will be free as part of Red Dead Redemption 2, coming in November some time after the main game’s 26th October launch on PS4 and Xbox One.

Source: press release

12 Comments
  1. Crazy_Del
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    I am happy with that!
    Just enjoy singleplayer learn all the weapons and the locations. Then play multiplayer on launch!

    Comment posted on 20/09/2018 at 00:02.
  2. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    I can’t find anywhere that says how to access the beta? Is it via pre ordering?

    Comment posted on 20/09/2018 at 07:47.
    • Stefan L
      Community Team
      Since: May 2009

      No, no. Everyone who buys RDR2 will be able to get into the beta when it opens a few weeks after the game’s launch.

      Call it a beta is Rockstar’s way of tempering expectations so people don’t get so pissy when the servers fall over, if there’s bugs, if they roll out features gradually over a couple of weeks or months.

      Comment posted on 20/09/2018 at 08:33.
      • gazzagb
        Master of speling mitakse
        Since: Feb 2009

        Ohhh. I thought they were having a beta before the game launches, with then the main MP part launching for real sometime after the games release.

        Now I get that the MP beta will come after release. Ta.

        Comment posted on 20/09/2018 at 15:34.
  3. JR.
    Member
    Since: Apr 2013

    Hopefully this means all the trophies are tied to single player & no grindy online trophies like they had in the last one.

    Comment posted on 20/09/2018 at 08:58.
    • Adrian Burrows
      Member
      Since: Jul 2017

      Good point. I freakin’ hate grindy online trophies. Mainly because I never feel compelled to grind enough to achieve them.

      Comment posted on 20/09/2018 at 09:18.
    • ron_mcphatty
      Member
      Since: Sep 2008

      Yeah, those grindy online ‘reach level a million’ trophies are a pain, but they’re totally possible if you end up really enjoying the game. I never thought I’d get to level 100 in GTA but after three years playing on and off I did it! Trophies are usually the briefest of pleasures, much briefer than a Curly Wurly or a crank, but that GTAV platinum was a very long time in the works and extremely satisfying. Don’t put pressure on yourselves, just grind away slowly :)

      Comment posted on 20/09/2018 at 09:33.
      • JR.
        Member
        Since: Apr 2013

        Ugh, GTAV was one of those games where I took one look at the trophy list and decided I would never get the Plat. That’s a pretty neat achievement to have though, Congrats!

        Comment posted on 20/09/2018 at 13:15.
      • ron_mcphatty
        Member
        Since: Sep 2008

        Thanks! I honestly though the same JR, it’s been time rather than skill that’s got me there and I think that’s where Rockstar improved on GTA IV. 100 pigeons, ffs, that typified a dry, painful, joyless grind compared to V’s pleasant longevity.

        Comment posted on 20/09/2018 at 15:14.
    • JR.
      Member
      Since: Apr 2013

      I know it’s ridiculous because they’re worth absolutely nothing but I love it when trophies are implemented in a way that encourages you explore the whole game (single player). Spider-Man and God of War being two good examples of this. I know neither of those games had online features anyway but I definitely got a lot more out of those games by going after the Platinum. Horizon Zero Dawn is another good example. I did everything there was to do in these games because I enjoyed them a lot but also because I saw the Platinum as a challenge.

      But like you say, if the game then asks you to kill 10,000 players online or win 5,000 online matches, I just don’t have the time or the will to bother. Which means, I won’t commit myself to the single-player content either. I’ll complete the story, maybe play the side stuff until I’m bored and just move on. Far Cry 5 and the last two Tomb Raider games being good examples of this. So glad there’s no online stuff in the latest Tomb Raider game!

      It’s probably a ridiculous mentality but it’s how I’ve always felt about trophies.

      Comment posted on 20/09/2018 at 13:02.
  4. Crazy_Del
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    I am quite certain there will be online trophies. GTA 5 did that and so did Far Cry (I know that is Ubisoft and not Rockstar)
    We will wait and see next month.

    Comment posted on 20/09/2018 at 09:22.
  5. CdmanJak
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    Im glad i can focus on single player and wont be spammed invites

    Comment posted on 25/09/2018 at 15:34.