Red Dead Online gains standalone game version December 1, still included in Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC
Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC (Image credit: Rockstar Games)

What you need to know

  • Red Dead Redemption 2 is an incredibly detailed and beautiful game from Rockstar Games.
  • The game features the Red Dead Online mode, which offers a variety of online multiplayer modes in Red Dead Redemption 2. Those interested in playing Red Dead Online but not the game's extensive single-player content will be able to do so soon.
  • Red Dead Online will offer a standalone version starting December 1, which won't include the single-player content for a reduced cost.

Red Dead Redemption 2 was one of the most impressive games of the Xbox One / PS4 generation and featured ludicrous amounts of detail and gorgeous graphics. The game also has its Red Dead Online, which is included in the base game, that takes the Red Dead Redemption 2 world online with a variety of multiplayer game modes, missions, and more. For players who want to play Red Dead Online, but don't want to pay for the full single-player experience, Rockstar Games has you covered.

Starting December 1, 2020, Red Dead Online will be available as a standalone game, separate from the full Red Dead Redemption 2 experience. Players will be able to play everything Red Dead Online has to offer, complete with all future updates, just like with the base game, but won't be paying full cost for the privilege. Players will have the option of buying Red Dead Redemption 2: Story Mode (the single-player content) as an in-game purchase through Red Dead Online if they want.

If you're interested, Red Dead Online will be available on the Microsoft Store, Playstation Store, Rockstar Games Launcher, Epic Games Store, and Steam for an introductory price of $5, which will last until February 15, 2021. After that, Red Dead Online will be available at its full price of $20, which is still a third of the usual cost of the base game. That being said, the full Red Dead Redemption 2 is currently on sale for over half off due to a Black Friday, making this the best time to buy if you're interested in the best western game around.

Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online will be fully compatible with next-gen consoles like the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PS5 through backwards compatibility.

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Zachary Boddy
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Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.