The latest Red Dead Online beta news
Red Dead Redemption 2 has proven itself one of the most ambitious open world games to date on PS4 and Xbox One.
A high water mark for Rockstar Games, there are many who have enjoyed the many activities that can help distract from the sprawling main quest line.
And while there is plenty to do right now on PS4 and Xbox One, there’s still a huge chunk of new content coming to the game for free.
That’s because Rockstar Games are planning to release a Red Dead Online beta, the next major multiplayer project from the creators of GTA Online.
There’s a lot of hype surrounding the mode, which is set to use the single-player as a template for online gameplay.
So when does Red Dead Online come out on PS4 and Xbox One?
We already know that RDR2 is set to go from a single-player experience to a massively multiplayer one later this month.
Analysts have already predicted that Red Dead Online could be a huge new revenue stream for Rockstar and their parent company, Take-Two Interactive.
So far, no set release date has been announced for Red Dead Online for PS4 and Xbox One.
The good news is that Rockstar Games and parent Take-Two Interactive just provided a big update on the subject.
Shared during a recent earnings call, Take-Two Interactive’s Strauss Zelnick provided more information on the Red Dead Redemption 2 Online release date.
Here’s what the Take-Two CEO said on Red Dead Online, adding: “It’s way too early to talk about Red Dead Redemption 2 Online, it hasn’t released yet.
“It will launch in public beta towards the end of the month, and Rockstar will have a lot more to say about it. We’re not making any current predictions.”
Zelnick was answering a question on how he thought Red Dead Online would compare to the release of GTA Online.
This is great news for fans as it means the mode has not been delayed beyond November.
Red Dead Redemption 2 saw a series of delays push back its release date until October 2018, and there may have been fears something similar could happen to the online beta.
However, it looks like the development team are on course to provide a big update in the coming weeks.
Making predictions for when a beta may start is always a little dangerous, but we would suggest the last week of November as a good candidate.
Somewhere between Tuesday, November 26 and Thursday, November 28, seems like a good bet.
And as Red Dead Online will start as a beta, a lot of server disruption is expected over the first month, with large numbers of players predicted.
Everyone with a copy of the game on PS4 and Xbox One will be able to play online without needing to buy an expansion pack.
The only drawback is that both consoles will likely require players to have either a PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscription.
The Red Dead Redemption 2 multiplayer mode will start in beta
Here’s what Rockstar Games has shared about the multiplayer project so far:
“Using the gameplay of the upcoming Red Dead Redemption 2 as a foundation, Red Dead Online will be ready to be explored alone or with friends, and will also feature constant updates and adjustments to grow and evolve this experience for all players.
“Red Dead Online is planned for launch in November 2018, initially as a public beta, with more news to come soon. As with most online experiences of this size and scale, there will inevitably be some turbulence at launch.”
As mentioned above, Red Dead Online will mimic the gameplay found in the single-player experience.
That means fans should expect the same kind of pacing when it comes to narrative missions and travel.
It should also be noted that there will be a limited amount of vehicles to use during the Wild West period.
However, Rockstar hasn’t confirmed if Red Dead Online will be set before or after the events of Red Dead 2.
What they have confirmed is that they will be using some of GTA Online’s best content as a template to use for their own work.
That doesn’t mean we will see Red Dead Online heists in the mould of GTA 5, but more they hope to combine narrative and gameplay into something special for the multiplayer experience.
Speaking to IGN about Red Dead Online, Rockstar’s Josh Needleman reveals:
“Red Dead Redemption 2 will take those ideas much further and combine that with everything we’ve learned in the years since then favourite elements from Grand Theft Auto Online about how to make really fun and complex competitive and cooperative experiences in open worlds, and how to introduce narrative elements into multiplayer…”
“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.
“We’ve tried to take the best elements and best content packs from Grand Theft Auto Online and use them for templates for what we are making here. We feel Grand Theft Auto Online really only found its feet creatively with Heists.
“That pack, along with After Hours, The Doomsday Heist, Gun Running and a few others represent the best of Grand Theft Auto Online, and provided the template for what we wanted to use here, (not in terms of content, obviously, but how they combined narrative, gameplay, modes and other content into a cohesive thematic whole) alongside all of the elements we liked from the old Red Dead Redemption multiplayer.”
Take-Two’s CEO, Strauss Zelnick, has also dropped hints about the scope the company has planned for the new multiplayer experience.
“My belief is that Red Dead Redemption 2 will shatter expectations and that the online experience also will be extraordinary, but unexpected. And my view is that all great hits are, by their very nature, unexpected.
“So that’s the goal. There is an expectation around the table, here, of course, there’s an expectation at Rockstar Games and there is an expectation on the part of consumers.”