During a recent earnings call, publisher Take-Two revealed that Red Dead Redemption 2‘s online mode is expected to exit its beta period sometime in the next couple of months.
“We expect Red Dead Online to exit the beta period during the current quarter with significant new content to follow,” Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said. “We’re as excited as ever about the long-term opportunity for Red Dead Online.”
While no further information was given regarding when Red Dead Redemption 2‘s online mode will exit beta, what that means for the game, or what new content will follow, it’s safe to assume that Red Dead Online‘s escape from beta will represent a new era for the game. With any luck, it will be an era that will bring players significantly more updates than the mode has received thus far.
While the idea of Red Dead Online exiting beta is an exciting prospect, the bigger takeaway from this earnings call may be Take-Two’s suggestion that the Western-themed online mode is performing better than GTA Online did during the same time period. The company didn’t elaborate on what metrics it’s basing that statement on, but it’s not impossible that Red Dead Online is making more money than GTA Online did at the same time.
This all brings us back to a question that was asked around the time that Red Dead Online was revealed. What, exactly, is the future of Red Dead‘s multiplayer considering that GTA Online is such a massive success? Would Rockstar really cut into its own profits by fostering a competitor? GTA Online is still a massive success by all accounts, but it is possible that Rockstar is hoping to turn Red Dead Online into the next big thing should that game’s profits start to slip.
In any case, it will be an interesting year for a game that has proven to be somewhat controversial both offline and online.