Rockstar launching standalone Red Dead Online

Rockstar launching standalone Red Dead Online

Grand Theft Auto giant Rockstar is rolling out a standalone version of its popular Red Dead Online mode at the start of December.

In a post on its website, the firm said that this would be coming out on December 1st on all platforms that Red Dead Redemption 2 has already been released onto. Red Dead Online will cost $4.99 to start with, before increasing to $19.99 in February of next year.

Red Dead Online was released in May 2019 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One before becoming part of the PC release when it launched in November of that year. Like its predecessor, 2013's Grand Theft Auto Online, this mode required the base game to access, in this instance Red Dead Redemption 2.

Speaking to investors earlier in the month, Zelnick was asked whether Take-Two would consider spinning out GTA or Red Dead Online as their own free-to-play releases. The exec said this wasn't something the firm was considering, saying that it charges much less than it should for its games already.

"So, as you can see, we're open-minded about our business model," said Zelnick, "and I wouldn't rule out the possibility that, at some point, certain experiences can be come free as a matter of the entry point."

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