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Red Dead Redemption 2 Online is going standalone

Everyone’s favorite single player cowboy video game will soon spawn an online spinoff available for independent purchase. Red Dead Online has transformed from a busted multiplayer mode to a busted independent game, allowing those who’ve just bought new consoles to buy this part of the game separately. Why are they doing this? Honestly, I’m a little confused myself.

Red Dead Redemption 2
Courtesy of Rockstar Games

My best practical understanding is that it may benefit some people uninterested in the campaign part of the game who just want the online portion to be able to play with friends. My best skeptical understanding is that it’s yet another great Rockstar Games cash-grab.

The only saving grace is that Red Dead Online will honestly be pretty cheap. It will be $4.99 when it first comes out but will increase to $19.99 starting February 15th, 2021. Even at the non-reduced price, $19.99 is a great deal for an online game of this caliber that has continued to be updated for years independently of the original Red Dead Redemption 2.

One thing to note is that the game, even as just the online portion, takes up a decent amount of space: 123GB, to be exact. So, if you do not have much data remaining on your console, you might need to think about either making or buying more space.

Rockstar is also doing a similar thing for their famous title GTA V. On next gen-consoles, the online portion of the game will also be sold by itself starting the second half of 2021. There is said to be a ton of new updates to make the game even better than it already is. This deal is definitely not for me, as I personally would not by only an online portion of a game. Still, I’m sure plenty of people will be more than excited to be able to purchase the online portion of these games. Those who aren’t can always take it straight to Rockstar, voicing their discontent by emailing Only one thing’s for sure: if Red Dead’s cowboys were around to see this, they’d be very, very confused.

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