Red Dead Online, the online counterpart of Red Dead Redemption 2, is due for release very soon. Rockstar has previously said that they aim to launch Red Dead Online by the end of November, and a new ‘leak’ suggests that the multiplayer mode is in the final stages of development. Strangely enough, the confirmation comes from the Xbox achievements page for Red Dead Redemption 2.
Spotted by UltraGamerz, the Xbox achievements page shows us that some Red Dead Redemption 2 ‘players’ have already unlocked the ‘Breakout’ achievement. Unlocking Breakout requires players to complete the intro mission of Red Dead Online, and according to the statistics, 0.01% of players have unlocked it. As Red Dead Online is not available to the public, this can only mean that Rockstar employees have begun private testing of the game mode.
While an official release date has not been announced, Red Dead Online will probably launch in a few days. Judging from the leaks which popped up earlier this month, Red Dead Redemption 2’s online mode will much juicier than the one from the first game. Horse racing, dueling, and likely a couple of other game modes will be featured in Red Dead Online.
“We’ve said that we aim to have recurrent consumer spending opportunities for every title that we put out at this company. It may not always be an online model, it probably won’t always be a virtual currency model, but there will be some ability to engage in an ongoing basis with our titles after release across the board,” said Take-Two chief Strauss Zelnick.
As is the case with GTA Online, Rockstar’s developers will continue to support Red Dead Online with regular content updates throughout its life. Rockstar has confirmed in a recent statement that all of their future online titles will feature microtransactions, and that rule also applies to Red Dead Online. One of the biggest reasons for GTA Online’s success is the revenue generated by microtransactions in the form of ‘Shark Cards’, therefore it would make sense to implement a similar online model in Red Dead Redemption 2.