Rockstar is officially decoupling Red Dead Online from Red Dead Redemption 2. This means you’ll be able to purchase the online multiplayer mode as a standalone product on both PC and consoles–it is not going free-to-play.
This new standalone version of Red Dead Online starts on December 1 and will cost $20. However, for its first month or two of availability–from launching until February 15, 2021–it’ll be 75 percent off, selling for only $5. As an Internet game, it takes a subscription to PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold if you are playing PS4/PS5 or Xbox One/Series X|S, respectively.
It features the full RDO experience, without any differences from what you would get by possessing Red Dead Redemption two, meaning there is nothing new to buy if you’re an existing participant. This standalone version will offer an option to purchase what is called Red Dead Redemption two: Story Mode, which includes the single-player campaign, although a cost wasn’t shared.
RDO will require 123GB of free space to set up. There is no word on specific enhancements if you are playing on PS5 or Xbox Series X|S, although those platforms do support the game through backward compatibility.
This is a noteworthy release for Rockstar, given that GTA Online–that has been a massive success for the company–hasn’t been available individually from Grand Theft Auto V. There is a standalone version of GTA Online on the way in 2021 but will be the first of Rockstar’s games to be split in this fashion.