Of course, they're bracing themselves for another monumentally popular launch, and so are adopting a beta tag on this occasion, saying that "As with most online experiences of this size and scale, there will inevitably be some turbulence at launch". Rockstar Games has confirmed that Red Dead Online will launch into public beta sometime in November.
Yes, Red Dead 2's brings a more detailed simulation of horse genitalia than I'm frankly comfortable with, and after everyone giggled about dick physics in that first trailer some of the people invited to a recent preview event made a decision to ask the burning question.
According to Rockstar, Red Dead Online will blend "narrative with competitive and cooperative gameplay" and will be free for players who own Red Dead Redemption 2. However, if GTA Online is any indication, Red Dead Online will probably be built with the potential for ample microtransactions.
Digital Foundry reports that the engine is using more sophisticated techniques to render in-game characters and effects, meaning that players, in the end, are going to get a better overall gameplay experience.
We still have big plans for Grand Theft Auto Online and we will continue to roll out updates for the foreseeable future.
In the announcement Rockstar said Red Dead Online would use Red Dead Redemption 2 as a foundation to make it "ready to explore alone, or with friends". Both games (or both components of the same game, depending on how you look at it) may someday arrive on PC but it's far from guaranteed. This is similar to what Rockstar did with Grand Theft Auto V's online mode.
We've gone hands-on with two hours of the game, and you can read everything that happened to us in that time.