Red Dead Redemption 2 News

Red Dead Online arrives this November as a public beta

Red Dead Online arrives this November as a public beta

"There will inevitably be some turbulence at launch".

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".

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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.

Here's our best look at Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay yet

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.

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Rockstar reassures fans over Red Dead Redemption 2's exclusive special edition story missions

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.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 now has October release date

Red Dead Redemption 2 now has October release date

"We apologise to everyone disappointed by this delay."

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:

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Here's the first Red Dead Redemption 2 story trailer

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.

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