Red Dead Online can now be purchased separately across all platforms for just $4.99, a reduced price that will increase come February 2021.
Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive have officially launched Red Dead Online as a standalone experience across all platforms for $4.99, a 75 percent discount that will hold firm until February 15, 2021. This new release means that those who do not own Red Dead Redemption 2 can hop into its online component at a much lower cost of entry.
Upon its launch in late 2018, Red Dead Redemption 2 notably lacked the multiplayer suite. Rockstar rolled out a beta later that same year, before unleashing the online mode in full several months thereafter. To the dismay of many players, things got off to a surprisingly rough start, especially when compared to its GTA Online equivalent. A lack of consistent content updates did little to keep most fans of the single-player game invested. However, a few recent updates could very well mark the turn of the tide.
Rockstar‘s latest move to reinvigorate Red Dead Online’s playerbase is evident in today’s launch of Red Dead Online as its own standalone game. The standalone is now live on PC via the Epic Games Store and Steam, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S owners can also enjoy the title via each console’s backward compatibility options. And, yes, PlayStation and Xbox players must have access to PS Plus and Xbox Live Gold, respectively, to play online. From now until February 15, 2021, the standalone’s price will sit at $4.99 across all platforms. Come mid-February, the price will receive a permanent increase to $19.99.
Red Dead Online now available to purchase as a standalone game for new players who don’t own Red Dead Redemption 2.
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) December 1, 2020
Similar to the base game before it, Red Dead Online‘s separate release demands plenty of hard drive space. Players who download the standalone should make sure their disk has enough room for upwards of 123GB. Given the exorbitant amount of content, such a massive install size hardly comes as a surprise. Every update and mode that Rockstar’s released since launching Red Dead Online is included in the separate package. Naturally, the game will take up even more space as the months, and presumably years, of new content continues to trickle out.
All in all, the standalone’s $4.99 price tag seems like a steal, specifically for anyone who has yet to purchase Red Dead Redemption 2. And while fans seem divided about whether the online suite has met expectations, Rockstar continues to evolve its offerings. For example, today’s launch also introduces an overhaul of Red Dead Online’s daily challenge streak system. It’ll be interesting to see how these various monumental changes affect the game going forward, and hopefully in a good way.
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Red Dead Online is available now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Source: Rockstar Games
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