Red Dead Redemption 2 Online is in a healthy state
There’s no doubt that Red Dead Redemption 2 online has found a big audience on PS4 and Xbox One.
And while fans are still clamouring for new content, it appears Rockstar Games and their parent company are pretty happy with how things are progressing.
While still in beta, Red Dead Online offers only a slice of what the dev team are hoping to achieve.
This is clear when you look at how GTA Online has expanded since its initial launch.
But it’s also fair to say that fans are ready to see more from Rockstar Games, including new missions to complete and things to buy.
A recent earnings call with Take-Two Interactive provided some big answers on the health of Red Dead Online.
It revealed that a lot of people are still playing it and that expectations have been met for the beta.
And that’s very good news for the future of Red Dead Redemption multiplayer mode on all platforms.
If players had been sucked into the single-player but had abandoned the online experience, Rockstar Games may have turned their attention away from further multiplayer DLC.
However, from what was revealed during the report, things are looking good for the future of Red Dead Online.
“It’s a beta offering, of course. And it’s gone about as we had expected,” Take-Two’s CEO Strauss Zelnick revealed.
“What’s really exciting is that during December, combined monthly active users of Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Online took Rockstar to a new record. We feel great about it.
“Obviously the experiences are a work in progress, and there will be a lot more content to come. But in terms of comparing where Grand Theft Auto Online was in terms of engagement at this stage of the game, versus where Red Dead Online at this stage in the game, Red Dead Online has more engagement, is doing better and has a lot more early traction. Which we think is very encouraging.”
Those last comments are certainly surprising when you think back to just how popular GTA Online was during its first months.
So if Red Dead Online is doing better from an engagement point of view, it can only mean good things for multiplayer mode.
Zelnick wouldn’t confirm whether there were hopes RDR2 would replicate GTA Online’s ongoing success, but it seems positivity is surrounding Red Dead Online.
Red Dead Online will receive further updates in 2019
“The title shipped more in its first 15 days than the first Red Dead Redemption shipped in eight years, and it has the highest opening weekend of any title in entertainment history of any sort – $ 725 million,” Zelnick added.
“So we do feel really good about it. Naturally, it’s doing much better than expected, and we had high expectations. It is very hard to call where we’ll go from here, other than to say we’re thrilled with what it has achieved so far.”
Zelnick also shared insight into how the expanding free-to-play market is being perceived at Take-Two, a company which holds some of the biggest franchises in the world.
“So what we found is you give consumers what they want. That’s often reflected in reviews and Metacritic scores and the Red Dead Redemption 2 type Grant Theft Auto V with the 97 score,” Zelnick revealed.
“They will show up, and they show up in quantity. So I’m not worried at all about someone else establishing a free-to-play approach. As long as our quality continues to be stellar, and that’s a very big “as long as”, that’s what we have to execute against every day.
“Consumers aren’t actually super price sensitive where entertainment is concerned. Or said another way, if we put out something that people don’t want, you can kind of price it whatever price you want, they’re not going to show up for it.”
So no worries about a standalone FTP GTA Online or Red Dead Online popping up anytime soon.
Unfortunately, there was no big announcement on what new content could be coming next to Red Dead Online.
Rockstar Games has provided a short overview of what will be released next, some of which sounds more exciting than others.
New Races and Showdown Modes are coming, activities that are secondary in nature for most online players.
Fans have been told that fresh clothing to buy and emotes to unlock are on the way, as well as new Daily Challenges that will help keep players busy.
Other confirmed updates include new story missions being added to the game, which are sorely needed.
So what could be coming next to Red Dead Redemption 2 multiplayer that Rockstar hasn’t mentioned yet?
New “War Wagons” with mounted weapons and armour plating have been reported but does not have an official release date at this time.
Big new content, like properties to buy and special missions to enjoy, may not be made available until the end of the beta, which isn’t expected for several weeks at least.