Red Dead Online Is Going Standalone

Red Dead Redemption 2's online multiplayer mode will soon be available to purchase on its own for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

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Rockstar is officially decoupling Red Dead Online from Red Dead Redemption 2. That means you'll be able to buy the online multiplayer mode as a standalone product on both PC and consoles--it's not going free-to-play.

This new standalone version of Red Dead Online launches on December 1 and will cost $20. However, for the first few months of availability--from launch until February 15, 2021--it will be 75% off, selling for just $5. As an online game, it requires a subscription to PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold if you're playing on PS4/PS5 or Xbox One/Series X|S, respectively.

Red Dead Online will be sold through the PlayStation Store, Xbox Store, Rockstar Games Launcher, Steam, and Epic Games Store. It includes the full RDO experience, with no differences from what you'd get by owning Red Dead Redemption 2, meaning there's nothing new to buy here if you're an existing player. This standalone version will offer an option to purchase what's called Red Dead Redemption 2: Story Mode, which includes the single-player campaign, although a price was not shared.

RDO will require 123GB of free space to install. There's no word on specific enhancements if you're playing on PS5 or Xbox Series X|S, although those platforms do support the game through backwards compatibility.

This is a notable release for Rockstar, given that GTA Online--which continues to be a massive success for the company--has not been available separately from Grand Theft Auto V. There is a standalone version of GTA Online on the way in 2021, but Red Dead will be the first of Rockstar's games to be separated in this fashion.

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Rockstar banked too hard on RDR2's online being as successful as GTAO. Which maybe it could have been. I tried to get into it. Played it a week or two and got bored. Just not enough to keep me playing it. I rather have some single player story DLC....

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I've never played this game. Is there any thing in Red Dead Online that's ruining the balance in the game? I feel like the Oppressor Mk 2 in GTA Online really screwed up the balance and made driving cars and flying helicopters pointless. Is there something like that in Red Dead?

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Free to play by Easter

I've not been in for ages, not willing to pay for the gold that you need to do anything

Single player is a masterpiece

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Not sure I understand why they would separate it from SP. The game itself often sells for (or slightly more) the same price they're targeting for the online only version. Outside of raising the price for the regular game, I don't see this being worth the effort.

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Weird choice considering that RDR2 has now been available for around $20 during Black Friday sales. Why would anyone pay that much just for the online part? It's basically a f2p game that's purely designed to milk suckers for money, so there's no reason why they shouldn't be giving it away for free if they're already decoupling it from the base game. If you buy RDO expecting an experience similar to any other paid for games, then you will be disappointed as grinding is all that game's about. Grinding for absolutely everything in it. But you can enjoy the nature in it for free I guess.

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ROFL!!!

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The previous business models becoming stagnant for them, their thinking a little like Sony, reserving their opinion on free to play, but trying to act on the trend of fortnight, fallout 76, cod, and other moabas.

And yeah, there's some dodgy players on rdo, but cod has put bullet holes in rdo, because rockstars acted to late, the online feature alone was more than capable being a simulator of the wild west, but their tight gripped ideas of risk isn't something they care about.

So no, it's cyberpunk 2077 that has put bullet holes in grand theft auto 6.

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Before they can do this with any success they need to ACTUALLY support red dead online with updates, and much more importantly actual things to do. Missions are as sparse as they come (aren't there hundreds of those in GTAO?), there are no heists yet (or the Red Dead equivalent), all the good horses are locked with ridiculous level caps (spending real money only gets you so far which IMO is a travesty not that I would recommend that), there is no properties to own (my god rockstar WHY), the list of issues goes on and on. This is probably one of the best maps in game history and in the online version it is detrimental.

All that space and a whole lot of NOTHING in it...

Fix that before you make us pay 1 cent more. Its not worth it even at 5 bucks at this point. They could be doing this game right and it could be what they wanted it to be. They just don't care. So why should I? I had such incredibly high hopes for Red Dead Online and even after all this time its an epic bungling.

Good thing the single player was excellent.

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@fud_sang: On top of that, countless amount of hackers. No one plays pvp so people are stuck traveling slowly across the map to do all that nothing. I kinda regret getting this game even though I know I'll get my money's worth. I hope R* makes it so people can just buy the single player game without the online attached. I'd convince people just to do that and stay away from the online portion.

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@fud_sang: Ya I've just been enjoying the single player and soaking it all in. I'm reluctant to play online

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For $5, I will probably pick up. Just revisited it on the PS4 and was having fun with just the solo questing, mixed in occasionally with multiplayer. I spent all my time just finishing the single player story the year it released. Now that I have a series X I will double dip.

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Edited By kstaggs87

I’m actually wondering if they’re doing this to free up space, and if there’s actually some merit to the rumor that there’s going to be a full remake of RDR 1 using the RDR 2 engine that will be fully implemented into RDR 2 to make it one whole big, epic storyline. I mean it’s doubtful but it would be great if so.

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@kstaggs87: What rumor, there's never been a rumor like this from anyone with credentials.

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@Iemander: over the weekend a supposed box art for a re release leaked onto Amazon called The Outlaw Collection and the info said it had a full remake of RDR. I’m not sure how credible it was or if it was debunked, but it’s not the first time I’ve heard a rumor of RDR being remade.

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Good get all this online trash away from the singleplayer.

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@warmblur: Why

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@ohmya337: Because it hurts the SP experience.

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@warmblur: How

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@jyml8582 said:

@warmblur: How

They don't make SP DLC for these games anymore because of online.

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@warmblur: Separating the singleplayer from the multiplayer isn't going to change that you know...

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Edited By warmblur

@ratchet200 said:

@warmblur: Separating the singleplayer from the multiplayer isn't going to change that you know...

Probably but in the long run I rather have them separated.

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@warmblur: no Undead Nightmare 2 pretty much hurts it, good point.

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Kind of weird that it's not going free to play, honestly. It really feels like a mobile game, with the amount of grind included and the offer of bypassing small portions of grind for small cash payments.

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@PurpleMan5000: Last I checked GTA isn't free either and it's the same concept there - lots of grind, pay extra cash to do stuff quicker, open world, same creator.

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