Red Dead Redemption 2 online is a real thing, according to leaks from the Red Dead Redemption 2 companion app's code. The code has also been used to uncover other elements of Red Dead Redemption 2's online future, including a potential PC port and more.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is already being heralded as one of the greatest video games ever made, averaging a perfect score in many outlets and maintaining an absurdly high rating on Metacritic after its launch just over a week ago. Despite being the source of major controversy for developer Rockstar Games after it was revealed the development team worked 100 hour work weeks to get Red Dead Redemption 2 shipped on time, the negativity surrounding the developer's implementation of crunch time has done little to stymie sales and praise for what is ostensibly one of the most detailed games ever created.
Whether or not that level of detail will extend to Red Dead Redemption 2 online is another matter entirely, but one that is apparently going to be addressed soon. The online mode will be called Red Dead Online, and is expected to launch its own public beta at some point in November. Dataminers from RockstarINTEL who were able to access the companion app's code found out a few more interesting tidbits, however.
Players will be able to play Red Dead Online both alone or in a party, with the expectation being that Red Dead Online will bring back features from the original Red Dead Redemption's multiplayer mode. The companion app's code also indicates that Red Dead Online will implement adversary modes, a holdover from GTA Online that functions like a competitive group PvP challenge. There's nothing to stop Rockstar from fundamentally changing adversary modes to fit the world of Red Dead Online, however, so it may be a looser association to its GTA Online cousin.
Red Dead Online is also gearing up to feature private sessions and something that's being described as "seamless PvE", though the latter has yet to be discussed and could realistically mean anything at this point. Still, it appears that Red Dead Online is going to be treated like as big a deal, if not even more of one, than GTA Online, an online multiplayer environment that is still getting updates from Rockstar five years after its initial launch.
The companion app leak has also indicated that Rockstar Editor might be made available to everyone soon. That's been a heavily requested feature from would-be level editors and game coders alike, but its existence, like the rest of this information, is still speculative at this point and shouldn't be considered fact just yet.