Red Dead Online gets a standalone version coming in December

By Brittany Vincent,
Rockstar Games is introducing a standalone version of Red Dead Online that's set to debut on December 1st.

The game will be available, much like GTA Online with Grand Theft Auto 5, as a separate download from Red Dead Redemption 2 on the platform of your choice.

You'll get all the same content you get bundled with Red Dead Redemption 2, but there won't be any need to purchase the game if you only want the online portion. If you decide you want to experience the Red Dead narrative, though, you can do that. It just needs to be unlocked as a separate purchase, which you can do from within Red Dead Online. Be advised, however, that you will already need up to 123GB of hard disk space for the multiplayer portion alone. That may be something of a dealbreaker for some players.

Further, you can make all the same in-game purchases you would with the bundled Red Dead Online, too. There are also plenty of buying options for the new Bounty Hunter Role expansion coming next week, too.

The Bounty Hunter Role expansion gives players ten additional ranks for the class, new Prestigious gear, new criminals to hunt down, Legendary Bounties to track, and a 100 Rank Outlaw Pass.

To celebrate the launch of the new Bounty Hunter Role, Red Dead Online's Bounty Hunter missions are offering double XP right now. There are also a variety of special bonuses for Posse members when completing Free Roam and Bounty Missions.

If you're looking to try out the online portion of Red Dead Redemption 2 on its own, it will be available at the reduced price of $4.99, at least until February 15th, 2021. At that point, the 75% off discount will no longer apply, and you'll have to pay full price.

If you've been thinking about exploring more of what Red Dead has to offer, it might be time to take the plunge.