Rockstar has big plans for the Red Dead series, and they could expand past Red Dead Online.
Modeled after Grand Theft Auto Online, the extremely successful online component of Grand Theft Auto V, Red Dead Online will launch a few weeks after the release of Red Dead Redemption 2. And, according to Rockstar founder Dan Houser, the developers hope it’ll be just as big a part of Red Dead Redemption 2 as GTA Online was to GTA V.
“We want it to be as robust as Grand Theft Auto Online, once it’s found its feet creatively,” Houser told Vulture.
Previously, Rockstar representatives have revealed that the heists of GTA Online will form one component of Red Dead Online‘s content, though players will also see competitive modes and something similar to the multiplayer found in the first Red Dead Redemption. It’s no surprise that Rockstar is planning to emulate that game’s success, since GTA Online‘s Shark Cards alone brought in over $1 billion dollars of pure profit (and that number’s from all the way back in 2017).
Red Dead Online may well prove to be earn more money than Red Dead Redemption 2, if it follows the same pattern. However, Houser added that he wouldn’t be opposed to making a Red Dead Redemption 3 “if this one does well enough and we think we have other interesting things to say.”
Red Dead Redemption 2 launches October 26th for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Red Dead Online is expected to arrive sometime in November.