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