It was revealed in an IGN interview, that the online mode of the highly-anticipated title would use the same mechanics and world from the story mode of Red Dead Redemption 2. In addition, both Red Dead Online and Red Dead Redemption 2 will be seen as independently sperate products (similar to GTA V) in order to ensure both modes grow and develop as planned. Red Dead Online will take a great deal of inspiration from GTA Online using the “best elements and content packs” as well as certain features from the original Red Dead Redemption online mode. Alongside this, GTA Online will still continue to co-exist with more exciting content on the way.
The new mode is set for a public beta test on November 18th, with no official release date being released as of yet. With this, Red Dead Online will be available for free for anyone who purchases Red Dead Redemption 2 on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.