The developers are seeking to ‘make the experience as smooth as we possibly can for everyone.’
Rockstar has revealed their plans for Red Dead Online, the multiplayer component of Red Dead Redemption 2. While included in the price of Red Dead 2, the online mode won’t launch until it enters a public beta in November 2018.
In an exclusive Q&A with the Rockstar team, we asked Imran Sarwar, Director of Design at Rockstar North, what the reasoning behind this was, and why they wouldn’t drop the multiplayer experience alongside the single-player portion of the game.
“There are a few reasons for this,” Sarwar says. “The first is that even though Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online share the same gameplay mechanics and geography, we see them essentially as separate products that will grow and evolve independently of each other. “We love story-based, single-player games and they are the foundation of everything we do. Red Dead Redemption 2 is an absolutely massive story-based game that we hope people will be lost in for a long time and we want people to experience everything that world has to offer before we build on that with the Online experience. Not to mention, playing through the story and getting to know the controls and mechanics of the game is the best way to get ready for playing inside the world of Red Dead Online.”
He continues, “Also, as we have learned from experience when launching online games at this scale, there are bound to be a few issues and we want to ensure that we have time to gradually roll out the game and make the experience as smooth as we possibly can for everyone. We believe this way of rolling out will give people the best overall experiences with both single player and multiplayer.”
According to Rockstar’s Senior Producer in their San Diego office, Josh Needleman, Red Dead Online will combine the team’s “favorite elements from Grand Theft Auto Online” with “all of the elements we liked from the old Red Dead Redemption multiplayer.” You can read more details about Red Dead Online in our exclusive Q&A here, and some of the mechanics we can expect to see based on select pre-order bonuses.
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