Asked & Answered: Special Red Dead Multiplayer Edition

Posted on April 30 2010, 10:34am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

In the wake of last week’s Red Dead Redemption multiplayer gameplay video unveiling the game’s Competitive Modes, and the related screens and section update earlier this week – we’ve received a number of questions from the inquiring minds of eager fans.  In response, we present this special Red Dead multiplayer edition of Asked & Answered.

Please understand that we are not going to be able to answer every single question that comes our way – but do look for more Asked & Answereds leading up to the game itself being in your hands in just about three weeks now...

“Is there auto aim on multiplayer for RDR?”received via Twitter

Like the single player game, there are three targeting modes available to choose from: Casual, Normal and Expert.  Casual is full lock, Normal snaps-to-target but does not lock on, and Expert has no assist.  You can configure your own personal targeting to suit your preferences in any game by using the multiplayer playlists in the menu.
For Competitive games, there are Casual playlists for all game types that are exclusively Casual targeting mode, or that allow players to mix it up and play against each other across a variety of the three targeting types.
There are also playlists for Gang Matches and Free For All games which allow players to use Normal or Expert targeting together (but not Casual).
For advanced players that prefer to strictly play against other free-aimers, Hardcore and Veteran playlists that exclusively support Expert targeting can be used for all Gang Matches and Free For All Games.
It’s also worth noting that honing your multiplayer skills with the more advanced Normal and Expert targeting styles will reward you with bonus XP to level up faster than those using Casual.

“Can we only have 16 players be in a "free roam" lobby world? I was hoping that there could be lots of real players in a single "free roam" world but either way it will be awesome.”

Our goal is to ensure that Red Dead Redemption’s multiplayer sits comfortably alongside the single-player game in terms of our own incredibly high standards of quality, production values and attention to detail.  Red Dead's multiplayer gives players online a gigantic open world to roam around in, complete with a fully functioning ecosystem including animals to hunt and horses to ride, ambient challenges, towns full of NPCs and law enforcement… all taking place under a dynamic day/night cycle and weather system – as well as the option to dive into competitive modes at any time, all without sacrificing the detail that makes the single-player game so amazing.  Trust that with 16 players all able to jump in and out of any aspect of this world at any time, Red Dead Redemption’s multiplayer pushes the limits to the brink of what’s currently possible with open-world multiplayer on consoles.

“Will there be health regeneration???”Bigdragon8me

Yes. As in the single-player game, your health will regenerate as you play multiplayer matches.

"Has the cover/aiming system been updated since Grand Theft Auto IV... mainly ability to aim out of cover without firing?" - Zack26 

Yes, you can aim while in cover, which will spin you out/up to display the reticule and set your shot before firing the weapon. You will not be able to aim precisely without leaning out to fire, but you can look around while in cover in order to blindfire (with less precision) or to set up your inital aim in preparation for leaning out to take a shot.

“I wonder how the dead eye will feel in multiplayer mode?” - willspeed

We have designed it to be both fun and effective in the multiplayer modes.  It doesn’t slow down time like it does in the single-player game for obvious reasons, but painting targets to take down multiple enemies can be great strategy in modes like Gold Rush, where more than one opponent is fighting over the same objective.

“R* can we enter a team multiplayer game like Grab The Bag without being in a posse?” - Byside

Yes.  Creating posses in multiplayer isn’t a requirement, it just makes things easier and more fun for you and your friends, especially in Free Roam sessions where you may want to tackle some of the challenges together, like heading out to a gang hideout or looking for a hunting challenge.

“Are the posses always the same or do they change if u go off online like they’re just teams for that round?”

Each time you head into Red Dead Redemption multiplayer, you will create new posses according to the players in your session.  While posses are not persistent offline, if you and your friends want to always play together as a ruthless band of outlaws, we’ve made the multiplayer menu and invite system simple and easy enough to find each other online, posse up, and challenge others in Competitive matches whenever you’d like.

"How many weapons can you carry at once?"
- Rodriguer2000

There is no hard limit to the amount of weapons you can carry -  you can carry every weapon you pick up, and switch between weapons in a given class using the d-pad + weapon in the pause menu.  In Competitive matches, different areas will have different weapon load-outs - for example, the larger area of Diez Coronas offers a sniper rifle to offset the power of the cannon and gatling gun placements.  Choosing the appropriate weapon for the task, and conserving ammo for that weapon is key to effective strategy.

"Hey R* I still need to know, will we be able to swim in RDR?" - captaincabbage

As an outlaw character who's spent most of his life on horseback in the land-locked territories of the West - John Marston is not much of a swimmer.  If he has to cross a body of water, transport will be provided.  John has no problem wading, but if he gets too deep, he will drown.

"Can your horse jump?" - Zack26

Yes. Not only can you make your horse jump at any time, but your horse's basic intelligence enables it to vault over low objects and avoid other obstacles - like cliff edges - naturally, allowing you to focus on the business of riding and/or shooting.

“The multiplayer info so far looks awesome!!! What’s up with the shootouts that happen when you start a match? How’d you guys come up with that??”received via Mouthoff

Throughout the development of the game, we were looking for as many classic Western moments to pack into the game as possible.  The concept of a Mexican stand-off, with gunfighters suspensefully poised, looking into the eyes of their killers seemed well suited to the game and also a great way to get acquainted with the players in a match before you set about trying to kill them.  Team Games start with both sides lined up in a Showdown.  Free For All matches start with the Standoff with everyone in a circle.  It makes it really tense with everyone pointing their gun at other players – and it is actually possible for everyone to get killed right at the start.


Asked & Answered: Red Dead Redemption Multiplayer Posses, Episodes from Liberty City, and Much More

  • WhoElseWantsMoreon October 17 2011, 5:39pmReplyFlag
    Who Else Wants More? Do You Want More? If So Join The Facebook Campaign Here Red Dead Redemption Who Else Wants More? The Campaign is for new Singleplayer and Multiplayer DLC's like Landon Ricketts DLC, John in the Gang before the events of RDR, Cowboys & Aliens DLC, new hideouts, new locations for Undead OverRun like towns, Cart Races, new multiplayer characters, new Hunting Grounds and a Drinking Game etc
    • R* Yon August 24 2011, 11:33amReplyFlag
      Thanks guys for all the questions, please hit us up at if you have anything to ask us
      • MRDEERSNIPERon August 18 2010, 8:40pmReplyFlag
        What are the new animals you can hunt and what will the new Gang Hideouts be? Please answer. This is a request that one of the Gang Hideouts are in Tall Trees or Great Plains.
        • CoLoNeLCrusheron June 22 2010, 11:17amReplyFlag
          how do you get the multiplayer code?
          • m1cha4lon June 6 2010, 5:24pmReplyFlag
            Hey just want to know why there is absoloutely nothing to do on RDR free mode apart from gang hideouts. I mean theres hunting challenges and everything but whats the point if all you do is kill animals? Its boring
            If you can pick flowers then you should be able to skin animals and maybe trade them into stores for cash?
            I thought R* was set out to make multiplayer as "engaging" as singleplayer
            • randompandoraon May 31 2010, 1:49pmReplyFlag
              Most of the issues in multiplayer freeroam seem to be getting handled, did notice that when in some cities building up a bounty, I believe armadillo was where I noticed it most, that Law enforcement will get stuck on a loop on the horizon instead of charging in to kill you, which tends to slow down the progress as well as letting your bounty time out. I've noticed they are still killable if you've got a steady aim, but they are obviously glitching.
              • markndsparkzon May 31 2010, 4:56amReplyFlag
                Why Is The DLC Challenge Not Open To Asia?
                • IRISH_VANDALon May 29 2010, 2:10pmReplyFlag
                  What happened to all of the post by various individuals for the past 2 or 3 days? they are gone. on every single rdr page. gone. this is very disturbing. don't tell me u are censoring matters as gamespot has done to gamers in the past 2 weeks. this would be a huge black mark on your record. please respond to this as these are the voices of the community trying to be heard and assist fellow gamers alike. again, i ask for a response as to why several days worth of post are missing from your open pages.

                  • eangarraon May 21 2010, 4:38amReplyFlag
                    I am curious, is the multiplayer cross console? meaning, if I have a Ps3 and my friend an XBOX360, can we manage to get online and play a co-op with each other? Just curious. thanks.
                    • Hooterificon May 21 2010, 12:03amReplyFlag
                      is there anyway to play multiplayer from one console? like with split screen for this game?
                      • yoshiboyon May 19 2010, 4:14pmReplyFlag
                        im going to put loads of bait down and just let all the animals kill each other then come and skin the dead ones. LOL!
                        • marston965on May 16 2010, 9:24pmReplyFlag
                          amazing game!!! 2 MORE DAYS CANT WAIT:)
                          • mickZURINSKASon May 16 2010, 8:19pmReplyFlag
                            Hi rockstar can you do misions online in red dead redemption
                            • frangvon May 16 2010, 1:01pmReplyFlag
                              The game should be able to buy NOW, even more if the "sparrow" version has been released...
                              • El_Jellyfishoon May 16 2010, 11:58amReplyFlag
                                Whoopah! Looks like I'm sold! I've always wanted a GOOD Western game and hot damn who else could deliver but R*! Anywho friend me on XBL if you wanna play but also message me who you are cuz im tired of squeaky voiced 12 year olds asking me to boost them on MW2 -_-

                                -El Jellyfisho
                                • rushkillreloadon May 16 2010, 11:06amReplyFlag
                                  add me if you want to ,me in a posse lol

                                  ps3 rushkillreload or tomthemoues

                                  • Aric_Lamonton May 15 2010, 12:31pmReplyFlag
                                    Im wondering if we are able to use Lasso's in MP. And what sort of customization comes with each model. I know it probably wont be much, but will I be able to maybe wear a hat or something to diversify myself from others?
                                    • steven194on May 15 2010, 10:22amReplyFlag
                                      im from the U.K, the game doesnt come out til the 21st, but add me if you wanna play. GT= steven194
                                      • solvesteron May 15 2010, 8:05amReplyFlag
                                        Fat man with a sombrero on a donkey with sensitivity issues of his weight, anyone look at me funny BANG! in your face! either efficient with a sniper rifle or Dino Might!!!!! my online persona :P

                                        The good, the bad and the ugly sums up the honor system for this game which is awesome
                                        I am an ugly --- inside >:)

                                        6 days for this British Dog WOOF! cant wait !

                                        To all you cowboys out there! I AM THE PINK POWER RANGER! you got that?
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