Red Dead Online

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The Red Dead series was launched by Rockstar Games in 2004 and has since then been loved by gamers from around the globe. Rockstar Games carries the distinction of having some amazing gaming titles in the past including the world-famous GTA series, Midnight Club and Max Payne.

Brief History

It is essential to take a brief trip down the memory lane to know the game better before delving into further details.

The initial Red Dead Redemption version was launched in 2010 and after a long wait of almost 8 years, its sequel was presented to players in 2018 in the form of Red Dead Redemption 2. The game carried a character set that has made gamers from around the world, fall head over heels in love with it.

Presence on Various Platforms

The online version of the game can be enjoyed at various platforms which include:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • Google Stadia
  • Microsoft Windows
Launch Date On Various Platforms

The Red Dead Redemption 2 Online was initially released on gaming consoles in May 2019 and afterward, during November 2019, it made its way to other platforms. This highly captivating game offers players an entertaining opportunity of playing along with gamers from around the world.

Ratings & Reviews

Red Dead Redemption 2 carries a mix of high to medium ratings from multiple online review sources including the PC Gamer, Metacritic, and Steam which have rated the game as 88%, 97%, and 7/10 respectively, based on their rating criteria. Red Dead Online can be considered carrying the same ratings as the graphics and attention to detail remain similar to those in the offline version.

Awards Won By The Game

Red Dead Redemption 2 has won the following awards, which is important to discuss because it translates to an online experience that is full of entertainment and fun for the gamers:

  • The Game Award for Best Performance
  • The Game Award for Best Audio Design
  • The Game Award for Best Score/Soundtrack
  • The Game Award for Best Narrative
Engine Used For The Game Development

Red Dead Online has been developed on Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (RAGE) which is a proprietary game engine developed by RAGE Technology Group which is a division of Rockstar Games’ Rockstar San Diego studio. The engine has the distinction of being used in the past for the development of several hit games that include Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3 and GTA V.


Being an online component of The Red Dead Redemption 2, Red Dead Online falls in the Action-Adventure genre of games and according to the player’s liking, it carries the potential of serving the needs in the most befitting manner from being a peaceful experience while having a serene stroll on the back of a horse to a blood laden experience full of violence and murders.

The game carries a fictional depiction of the Western part of the United States and is available to be played from a first-person or a third-person perspective. The progress in single player mode does not affect the multiplayer mode as both carry separate profiles.

Upon the initial launch of the game, the players are presented with an opportunity to customize their players according to their liking and afterward explore the game on their own or be the part of a group. Upon joining these groups, players are provided with the opportunity to carry out organized activities against other groups present in the game.

The game features several missions in which four online participants can play simultaneously and the various events in the game can have up to a total of 32 players at a time. The event mode comprises of two modes which are:

  • The Deathmatch Mode in which all firearms are taken away from the players;
  • The Race Mode in which the players race against each other riding horses trying to beat the opponents.

The game notifies players whenever an event starts anywhere in the world and provides them the opportunity to join it, thereby making the overall gameplay highly competitive as gamers get to play against advanced level players from around the globe. The loading screen of the game looks like the image shown below where several gameplay options are provided to players.

Progress In Game Levels

As the players complete the various in-game activities, they earn experience points that qualify them to raise in rank. Resultantly, rewards are also provided to players which makes the progress in gameplay easier.

Game Visuals

Similar to Red Dead Redemption 2, Red Dead Online also features great attention to detail, and the high graphic content along with the vibrant and punchy colors assist in making the overall gaming experience highly entertaining. The online players find it highly addictive and rightly so because the game has been designed in a manner that keeps players highly engaged in the overall gaming experience.

Additional Content

One of the main advantages of online games is their ability to be constantly updated and Red Dead Online is no exception in this regard. Post-release content is made available in the form of free to download updates and Rockstar plans to add several missions and additional roles to the game shortly through these updates.

Feedback From Players & Reviewers

During the initial few months of the game’s launch, it received heavy criticism from gamers that the in-game rewards were too low to afford the purchases that were essential to proceed in the game. Some players were so infuriated that they even went through calculations which showed that earning a single gold bar required approximately 8 hours of gameplay. However, Rockstar listened to the feedback positively and went through the process again thereby redoing the game’s economy which has made it sustainable and playable.

The game has received praise from several famous game reviewers that highlighted that each update has made the gameplay technically better by removing errors. Some reviewers even went to the extent that they liked Red Dead Online even more than GTA Online which is considered the best online game by many global players.

Final Verdict

If you are on the hunt for a one of a kind online experience with extensive attention to detail and highly customizable characters, Red Dead Online is the perfect choice to address your needs in the most befitting manner. The game developers carry years of experience and are highly professional in making the game addictive and entertaining which is exactly what has been done in the case of Red Dead Online.

John Kenneth
John is the founder of Esports Preview. Someone who prefers to go under the radar and write every now and again, and someone you certainly won't find on the Meet the Team page. He definitely didn't bank on one of the team adding authorship to the articles he creates though! :)