IGN: Aside from the obvious - the 21st-century setting/vehicles/tech/etc - how will this experience be different from Grand Theft Auto Online? Needless to say, this isn't an entirely unexpected move, considering that a robust online experience can keep a game alive well past its prime.
When asked why Red Dead Online isn't releasing alongside the rest of the game in a Q&A with IGN, director of design Imran Sarwar explained that the studio sees Red Dead Online as fundamentally separate from the main game. Because of this, you'll really be able to take in the world and make it your own.
Then there are other implications, now that Red Dead Online has been confirmed.
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The game is set to launch on these consoles on 26 October 2018. "Red Dead Online" will continue to receive updates throughout its life cycle as it relies on the base "Red Dead Redemption 2" to exist as its foundation.
The Red Dead Online public beta will take place after the game's official launch, which should give players plenty of opportunity to explore offline before jumping into the multiplayer universe. "This should feel intimate and personal while still feeling fun and action-packed from moment to moment".
Grand Theft Auto V just celebrated its fifth birthday, but it's still incredibly popular. We feel Grand Theft Auto Online really only found its feet creatively with Heists.
Rockstar said the new online mode would combine story with "competitive and cooperative gameplay in fun new ways". Avoiding this was the inspiration behind Grand Theft Auto Online - we are obsessed by keeping the audience complete and experience beyond perpetual. However, if GTA Online is any indication, Red Dead Online will probably be built with the potential for ample microtransactions.