Red Dead Redemption 2 online beta expected to launch this month

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Take-Two Interactive released its financials for the second quarter ended September 30, reporting an 11 percent increase in revenue to $492.7 million thanks to successful sales of National Basketball Association 2K19.

That's not much detail for a hugely important game mode set to launch in about three weeks, but the structure sounds similar to that of GTA Online, which immediately became a fan favorite and has helped drive sales over the years. Thankfully according to Take-Two Interactive's CEO Strauss Zelnick, it will arrive by the end of the month. Rockstar just announced that Red Dead Redemption 2 has sold 17 million copies worldwide in the last 8 days. Taking a leaf out of the amazingly successful GTA Online, Rockstar plans to keep Red Dead's multiplayer mode constantly updated with fresh content, challenges and in-game events.

According to numbers provided by the company, it turned in $493 million in revenue, which is up by 11 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago.

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Rockstar Games is not known for its strong female characters, but Red Dead Redemption has always fared better in that regard than the Grand Theft Auto series. Red Dead Online, as it's called, is not yet available; instead, it will launch sometime in November as a beta.

It's perhaps worth pointing out that murdering suffragettes in Red Dead Redemption 2 actually lowers your Honor rating, while attacking members of the Ku Klux Klan improves it, so there's definitely a message that Rockstar wants to get across.

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