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Red Dead Online Beta Launching November, Don’t Expect Single Player DLC

Rockstar Games has announced that Red Dead Online, the online multiplayer component for Red Dead Redemption 2, will launch in November 2018. However, it won’t be the full release of Red Dead Online as Rockstar is dubbing this initial release period as the game’s beta.

In a blog post on the Rockstar website, the famed development house explains that with such a large-scale online offering it is expected for there to be issues, and that the developers will be looking to the community for guidance on what to fix, tweak, and change.

As with GTA Online, Red Dead Online will be its own kind of game that plays separately from the single player story mode. However, you won’t be able to buy Red Dead Online by itself as you’ll still need a copy of Red Dead Redemption 2 to access Red Dead Online. Though, personally, I reckon it is only a matter of time before Rockstar releases the game’s multiplayer as either a free-to-play game that’s propped up with microtransactions, or as a paid release at a lower rate for those who don’t want to play alone.

Now, onto DLC – the thing we used to hate before we hated microtransactions. It wasn’t always bad, though, as Red Dead Redemption’s single player DLC was amazing. Red Dead Nightmare was a standalone release that didn’t even require the base game to play. It put the game’s hero, John Marston, in an alternative timeline where the dead have risen across the Old West, and John needs to find a cure for his infected family.

As much as I hate to say it, I think there’s very little chance of us seeing single player DLC with Red Dead Redemption. Why? Rockstar is leaving the clues. In the blog post, the developer describes Red Dead Online as “an evolution of the classic multiplayer experience in the original Red Dead Redemption, blending narrative with competitive and cooperative gameplay in fun news ways.” Why have single player story DLC when you’re taking the time to weave a narrative into Red Dead Online? If it sounds familiar, that’s because it is exactly what happened with GTA V and GTA Online.

Red Dead Redemption 2 will release on October 28th, 2018. You can bag yourself the physical edition here via Amazon.


Chris has been writing about gaming news for far too long, and now he’s doing it even more. A true PlayStation know-it-all, Chris has owned just about every Sony console that ever existed. Trophies are like crack to this fella.

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