Rockstar has announced that Red Dead Online, the multiplayer component of its upcoming Wild West sequel Red Dead Redemption 2, will arrive in public beta form this November.
Red Dead Online utilises the core gameplay of Red Dead Redemption 2 and offers, according to Rockstar, an "evolution of the classic multiplayer experience in the original Red Dead Redemption". It's said to feature a blend of co-op play and narrative elements, and the mode is due to expand and evolve over time through regular updates and adjustments - presumably in a similar fashion to the enormously successful Grand Theft Auto Online.
Red Dead Online is scheduled to launch this November 2018 and will be available to anyone that owns Red Dead Redemption 2 on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. Rockstar is classifying its initial release as a public beta, noting that, "As with most online experiences of this size and scale, there will inevitably be some turbulence at launch".
Red Dead Redemption was as much about its wilderness as it was John Marsten. The dusty main street of Armadillo, the dense pines of Tall Trees, the plains which separated your farmstead from the creeping modernisation in Blackwater.
Red Dead Redemption 2's cast of characters are getting revealed right now over on Rockstar's Twitter page. At the time of writing, half a dozen characters have been spotlighted - most of which we haven't seen named before.
Gamestop employees have been given an extended look at Red Dead Redemption 2, and some are reporting that the "boring" presentation put them to sleep.
Last week's Red Dead Redemption 2 reveal turned out to offer more than a look at gameplay alone - it was our first chance to check out Rockstar's first work on the enhanced consoles, the entire trailer captured in-game from the PlayStation 4 Pro build. So how is the developer using the console's hardware and based on our findings here, what should we expect from Xbox One X?
Rockstar's released a new gameplay trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 and it offers the best look at the developer's open-world cowboy epic so far.
The video below (captured entirely from in-game footage on the PlayStation 4 Pro, according to Sony), shows off exploration, horse riding, shooting and fighting as well as a variety of mechanics including hunting, confrontation management and base camp life. You can talk your way out of tense situations, intimidate people, form relationships with NPCs and even groom your horse! It all looks seriously impressive.
Red Dead Redemption 2 comes out 26th October on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. For more, check out our Red Dead Redemption 2 guide.
GTA Online players have unlocked a Red Dead Redemption 2 weapon in the game by digging into the files of its latest update.
Rockstar has responded to fan concerns regarding the exclusive story mission content found within the various special editions of Red Dead Redemption 2.
As revealed yesterday, the £54.99 standard edition of Red Dead Redemption 2 is joined by a £74.99 Special Edition and an £89.99 Ultimate Edition, variously containing exclusive boosts and items for story and online mode. There's also a separate £89.99 Collector's Box, featuring assorted Red Dead paraphernalia, but no game.
Although the more expensive packages' wide array of boosts and items have raised eyebrows, most of the ire has fallen on Rockstar's decision to keep two story missions - Bank Robbery Mission and Gang Hideout - as exclusive to Red Dead 2's Special and Ultimate Editions.
UPDATE: Following news of its various Red Dead Redemption 2 pre-order bonuses earlier today, Rockstar has now unveiled the game's Special Edition, Ultimate Edition, and bumper-sized Collector's Box, featuring a host of thematic paraphernalia.
Rockstar has released a new trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2.
The video, below, is heavy on character and story, and sets up the plot of the game.
Here's the official blurb:
Red Dead Redemption 2 will now launch on 26th October for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One - several months later than was previously announced.
It's a significant delay for Rockstar's Wild West sequel, which was previously pegged for a vague "Q1/Q2 2018" date. Before that, it was originally due to arrive in late 2017.
In a statement issued this afternoon, Rockstar apologised to fans waiting for the game and blamed the wait on a need for extra development time:
Red Dead Redemption 2 won't be out until spring 2018 but you can already unlock a gun in the cowboy game via Grand Theft Auto Online.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is a truly significant release - not just for Rockstar, but for the entire console generation. It's the first title designed from the ground up for PS4 and Xbox One, after all. Sure GTA5 received an impressive upgrade when it landed on these machines, but it was still very much rooted in last-gen technology. RDR2 goes much further, showcasing many key upgrades added to Rockstar's in-house RAGE engine.
Right, we've all been thinking it. It's a bit nuts that Rockstar went to the trouble of animating the sway of that horse's testicles in yesterday's trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2, right?
Rockstar's released a new trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 - and it reveals story information.
The game tells the story of outlaw Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang as, according to the official blurb, "they rob, fight and steal their way across the vast and rugged heart of America in order to survive". That confirms Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prequel, then - you put Dutch Van der Linde's gang down in Red Dead Redemption 1.
The video, which Sony said was captured on PlayStation 4, is heavy on cutscene and light on gameplay. There's plenty of era-appropriate dialogue, some impressive face animation and gorgeous environments.
Red Dead Redemption 2 has been delayed until spring 2018, Rockstar has announced.
A fan project to port Red Dead Redemption into GTA5 has been shut down.
A team of fans are trying to mod Red Dead Redemption's vast map into Grand Theft Auto 5.
Red Dead Redemption 2 will have a "new online multiplayer experience", says Rockstar, but what can we expect from it, beyond the heavy influence of open-world Grand Theft Auto Online? Here are the seven items it needs, say we, including sturdy servers and heist-like action from day one.
If you ignore the lawlessness, the poor irrigation, the ubiquity of dysentery, the backward attitudes on race and oh yes, the abominable treatment of the indigenous population, the wild west was great. Red Dead Redemption was my game of the last generation and I am very much looking forward to revisiting that world when the sequel launches next year.
UPDATE 30/11/16: Red Dead Redemption and its Undead Nightmare expansion will be available to play via PlayStation Now on 6th December.
Red Dead Redemption 2's first trailer is now available to watch.
Here it is - there's not much to it but wow:
Clues as to the game's setting, time period and characters are thin on the ground.