Red Dead Redemption 2 online, which is simply being titled Read Dead Online, is the next step in Rockstar Games' epic Western video game, and it's set to launch for Red Dead Redemption 2 players tomorrow. With that in mind, developer Rockstar Games has kept a lot of details regarding the mode close to its chest ahead of release, though, thankfully, there's more information available now than there was a month ago when Red Dead Redemption 2 released worldwide.
Red Dead Redemption 2's single player mode takes place at the tail-end of the Old West era, serving as a prequel to 2010's Red Dead Redemption and focusing on main character Arthur Morgan. The game has been wildly successful thus far, shipping over 17 million copies worldwide since its release on October 26. Like Grand Theft Auto V when it first released, however, the game did not immediately ship with Red Dead Online available for players. That all changes tomorrow, as Rockstar Games will finally start to roll out its Red Dead Online beta and give players a taste of what the mode has to offer.
This Screen Rant guide will cover everything known about the upcoming Red Dead Online mode for Red Dead Redemption 2, from its posse system to activities available for players and their friends to participate in when the mode goes live. For a look at the full list, look below:
- Players will be able to create and customize their own characters for Red Dead Online, similar to GTA Online's mode.
- The full map of Red Dead Redemption 2 will be available for use in Red Dead Online.
- Players will be able to play the mode solo or with posses of up to seven other players.
- Both hunting and fishing will be available in the mode for players and their friends to enjoy together.
- Some form of the camp system from Red Dead Redemption 2 will be available in the mode, and players will even be able to attack other posses and their hideouts.
- Some form of the treasure hunting system available from single player will also be available in the mode.
- There will be free roam missions and events that happen in the world, though it's unclear how they compare to GTA Online (it's important to note that one of the achievements involves thwarting another posse's free roam mission).
- Based on an achievement of being the MVP for a round, the mode will obviously include some kind of death match or equivalent. Of course, there's also unconfirmed reports of some kind of battle royale mode being included.
- Players will be able to purchase horses and will get an achievement for owning five of them.
- There will be a crafting system in Red Dead Online, presumably similar to the one included in the single player portion of Red Dead Redemption 2.
- Players who own the Ultimate Edition of the game will get preferential listing in the loading queue for Red Dead Online and will be guaranteed to play on the 27th. Players who played on day one will be able to get in on the 28th. The 29th for everyone who played within the first three days. The 30th for everyone else.
- Additionally, Ultimate Edition players will get a free theme called Survivor for their camps, lending credibility to the idea of not only camps but various types of themes that players can utilize for it.
- The ranking system will be similar to GTA Online, as Ultimate Edition players will get faster leveling up to rank 25.
- Much like GTA Online, microtransactions will be included in Red Dead Online.
- The mode will also include players from the single player mode in its world, much the same way that GTA Online does.
- Red Dead Online will support up to 32 players per server.
While Rockstar definitely revealed quite a bit about what Red Dead Online will feature for players ahead of its staggered beta release over the next few days, it's certainly not even close to everything that will be included in the mode. Regardless, both competitive and casual players should easily find activities to do alone or with up to seven other friends in the game's posse mode. Red Dead Online could prove to be just as popular and financially successful as GTA Online for Rockstar Games, though whether or not the company learned from the issues and player complaints of that game mode remains to be seen.