Red Dead Online has been around since the release of Red Dead Redemption 2, bundled in as an online feature, much as GTA Online is to Grand Theft Auto V. But if you're not a fan of the Red Dead Redemption single-player experience but want to experience online life in the wild west, good news, as the online portion will be released as a standalone game next week.
Red Dead Online won't be free-to-play, though - instead, it'll be priced at just $4.99, which is very reasonable for the experience that you get. You'll also be able to upgrade to Red Dead Redemption 2's single-player campaign later down the road if you wish to do so, at a cut down price.
The price of $4.99 will only be in place until February though, with the cost then being bumped up to $20 - so this could be seen as an effort from Rockstar to boost player numbers in Red Dead Online, which, while popular, hasn't seen quite the same levels of success as GTA Online.
There are updates coming along with the standalone release, too, including the new Bounty Hunters expansion that will add a number of new fugitives to hunt down and deal with.