When asked why Red Dead Online isn't releasing alongside the rest of the game in a Q&A with IGN, director of design Imran Sarwar explained that the studio sees Red Dead Online as fundamentally separate from the main game.
Of course, they're bracing themselves for another monumentally popular launch, and so are adopting a beta tag on this occasion, saying that "As with most online experiences of this size and scale, there will inevitably be some turbulence at launch".
Anyone who's ever taken part in an evolving online video game world knows that it can feel a bit like venturing out into the lawless frontiers of the Wild West - flawless for a game like Red Dead Redemption 2!
Red Dead Redemption was released in May of 2010 and has sold more than 15 million copies to date. Players will have a more intimate experience with RDO, mainly because they won't have cars, planes and other fast-moving modes of transportation like you did in Grand Theft Auto.
Jimmy Butler asks Wolves to trade him
Andrew Wiggins' brother, Nick Wiggins, tweeted "Hallejulah" in response to Charania's tweet reporting Butler wanted to be moved. Butler, who turned 29 last week, averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists for Minnesota last season.
Red Dead Redemption 2 releases on October 26, 2018 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You won't have to pay anything extra to access Red Dead Online.
Josh Needleman: Red Dead Redemption's multiplayer was a real leap forward for us at the time. "We believe this way of rolling out will give people the best overall experiences with both single player and multiplayer".
We still have big plans for Grand Theft Auto Online and we will continue to roll out updates for the foreseeable future. Presumably, none of that bonding involves testicles, but this is a Rockstar game.
To say that the online component of Grand Theft Auto V has gone on to be very successful is perhaps the largest understatement it's possible to make in the world of video games.
We've gone hands-on with two hours of the game, and you can read everything that happened to us in that time.