Rockstar has officially separated Red Dead Online from Red Dead Redemption 2. This means that you can now purchase online multiplayer mode as a standalone product on both your PC and console. It cannot be played for free.
This new standalone version of Red Dead Online will be available on December 1st and will cost $ 20. However, in the first few months from launch to February 15, 2021, you’ll get 75% off, selling for just $ 5. If you are playing online games on PS4 / PS5 or Xbox One / Series X | S, you need a PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscription, respectively.
Red Dead Online is sold through the PlayStation Store, Xbox Store, Rockstar Games Launcher, Steam, and Epic Games Store. It includes a complete RDO experience and is no different than what you get from owning Red Dead Redemption 2. So if you’re an existing player, there’s nothing new to buy here. This standalone version gives you the option to purchase what is called Red Dead Redemption 2: Story Mode. This includes single player campaigns, although prices are not shared.
123GB of free space is required to install RDO. If you’re playing on a PS5 or Xbox Series X | S, nothing is said about certain enhancements, but these platforms support the game through backward compatibility.
This is a remarkable release for rock stars, given that GTA Online (which continues to be a huge success for the company) wasn’t available separately from Grand Theft Auto V. In 2021, a standalone version of GTA Online will be introduced, but Red Dead will be the first of a rock star game isolated in this way.
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