The aim is for players to "settle into" their online characters, while building a personal experience that makes sense in the context of "Red Dead Redemption 2's" world.
Anyone who's ever taken part in an evolving online video game world knows that it can feel a bit like venturing out into the lawless frontiers of the Wild West - ideal for a game like Red Dead Redemption 2!
Red Dead Online will feature narrative, competitive, and cooperative gameplay which means like GTA Online, it can be played solo or with friends. Specifically, the studio says it expects turbulence at launch, and to work with the community to overcome "teething problems" and develop Red Dead Online over time.
Rockstar continues to slowly reveal more information about Red Dead Redemption 2 ahead of its launch next month and today, they've opted to finally talk about some of the first details on the game's multiplayer. The original Red Dead Redemption and its online counterpart never made it onto PC, though GTA 5 did.
The online portion uses the gameplay Red Dead Redemption 2 as a foundation, and will receive "constant updates" and "adjustments" over the course of its lifetime.
'We feel Grand Theft Auto Online really only found its feet creatively with Heists.
Will it be as big as GTA Online?
The few other specifics we know about Red Dead Online gameplay so far come from its Ultimate Edition bonuses: you'll have your own camp that you can decorate with different themes; you can collect new horses, guns, and outfits; and there will be some kind of rank system.
Access to Red Dead Online will be free to anyone with a copy of Red Dead Redemption 2 on either PS4 or Xbox One.