GTA Online has been hugely successful for TakeTwo, generating over $1 billion since its launch in 2013. That means that they expect some "turbulence at launch" (according to a press release) and plan to work with the first group of players when it comes to perfecting the game as well as fixing any tech problems that might linger. "Red Dead Online is an evolution of the classic multiplayer experience in the original Red Dead Redemption, blending narrative with competitive and cooperative gameplay in fun new ways", posted Rockstar.
Much of this is no surprise given that the original Red Dead Redemption featured a multiplayer mode that was basically a prototype for the chaotic Los Santos we all know and fear. What ambitions does Rockstar have in terms of evolving their idea of online open worlds? You won't have to pay anything extra to access Red Dead Online.
Digital Foundry reports that the engine is using more sophisticated techniques to render in-game characters and effects, meaning that players, in the end, are going to get a better overall gameplay experience.
Red Dead Redemption 2 will be out for PS4 and Xbox One just over a month from now on October 26.
Imran: There are a few reasons for this. Like Red Dead Redemption 2, Red Dead Online will feature a vast world for players to explore. Based on everything we've seen so far, it looks like another hit from Rockstar Games.
Well, saddle up, pardners, because Rockstar has officially spilled the beans on the game's upcoming online component, simply titled Red Dead Online.
IGN: Aside from the obvious - the 21st-century setting/vehicles/tech/etc - how will this experience be different from Grand Theft Auto Online? Still, if you want to snap a picture of Arthur, you have that option. "This should feel intimate and personal while still feeling fun and action-packed from moment to moment".
Grand Theft Auto V's online mode launched two weeks after the game released. We feel Grand Theft Auto Online really only found its feet creatively with Heists. That did not really begin to happen until we released the first Heists pack.
IGN: What happens to Grand Theft Auto Online after Red Dead Online launches?