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Red Dead Online to be released as its own game in December

Plus new role expansion details

a masked bounty hunter in Red Dead Online Image: Rockstar Games
Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

Rockstar Games will make Red Dead Redemption 2’s multiplayer component, Red Dead Online, available as a stand-alone game come Dec. 1, the company announced Tuesday.

Red Dead Online will launch for $4.99 (a 75% discount available until Feb. 15) on PlayStation 4, Windows PC (via Epic Games Store, Rockstar Games Launcher, and Steam), and Xbox One. The console versions will be playable on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X via backward compatibility.

Red Dead Online will require up to 123 GB of storage, according to Rockstar. Players will have the option to able to purchase Red Dead Redemption 2’s story mode separately, an upgrade that will also unlock “all existing gameplay upgrades and content” — including the Bounty Hunters expansion that is launching next week.

In Red Dead Online, players create and control a character in the Wild West world of Red Dead Redemption 2. Each lobby typically hosts around 30 or so players that roam around the world and play out a whole bunch of different scenarios. Though it’s not as popular as Grand Theft Auto 5’s GTA Online, it definitely has a solid, consistent player base.

Alongside the announcement of the stand-alone game, Rockstar also announced new details on Red Dead Online’s upcoming Bounty Hunters role expansion. This update will be available starting next week, Rockstar said.

“Bounty Hunters across Red Dead Online will have an influx of fugitives to deal with, as the Bounty Hunter Role is enhanced with new criminals to track down and Prestigious level equipment and skills to unlock across 10 more Bounty Hunter ranks,” Rockstar said in a news release. “There will also be new Legendary Bounties and a 100 Rank Outlaw Pass.”

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