So it’s pretty much been confirmed that Red Dead Redemption 2 will have some kind of multiplayer element. And, in all likelihood, that multiplayer element would probably resemble that of GTAV’s. That being a large open world for a number of players to frolic around in. Whilst some elements might not translate (I couldn’t imagine you having a garage to showcase all of your horses), I’m sure that it would work on a number of levels. But does Red Dead 2 need a ‘GTA Online’? I think it does.
Red Dead Redemption was, and still is, one of my favourite games. And even that game’s multiplayer was pretty sound. In fact, the free-roam aspect of the multiplayer experience was pretty much the original GTA Online. Sure, it wasn’t as developed, but the basics were there. This article on VICE perfectly sums up the free-roam awesomeness of the game. The camaraderie, the hijinks, exploring a vast world, hunting, creating a posy, becoming outlaws – everything about the Red Dead experience is perfect for an open world online multiplayer experience. Throw in some of the extras that Rockstar have introduced to GTA V – the heists, for instance – and you’ve got yourself a winning formula. I mean, imagine pulling off a train robbery with a group of friends? Or creating your own outlaw gang to rule the West?
For me, seamless online multiplayer experiences is where the future of gaming lays. Yes, I love a good single-player experience. But as consoles and PCs become more powerful. As internet speeds increase. And as games become more detailed, with increased depth – not having a multiplayer experience seems counterproductive. You can see it in the Battlefield series, for instance, as the classic single-player campaign makes way for a more popular multiplayer experience. I’m not saying that single-player games should cease to exist. I’m saying that the things we love about single-player games should be better translated into an open multiplayer experience. And there are few better at that than Rockstar, currently.
GTA Online is a winner. It was on the 360 and the PS3, and it still is on PC and the current-generation of consoles. So why shouldn’t that winning formula be replicated, adapted and developed for Red Dead Redemption 2? They’d be foolish not to.
Do you think that Red Dead 2 needs its own version of GTA Online? Let me know in the comments below!