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Red Dead Online is the multiplayer mode of Red Dead Redemption 2 and a completely separate experience that shares some similarities with GTA Online:

  • You need the base game to access it
  • No content is shared between them (aside from the obvious like map and weapons)
  • Is listed and marketed as a separate game on the developer site (https://www.rockstargames.com/reddeadonline/) even if is part of the base game

This can be corroborated with a quote from Game Designer Imran Sarwar on IGN:

There are a few reasons for [not releasing RDO alongside RDR2 single-player experience]. The first is that even though Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online share the same gameplay mechanics and geography, we see them essentially as separate products that will grow and evolve independently of each other.

I see this as the same problem of GTA V vs GTA Online so I want to request some edits:

I know that there are not a lot of questions for RDO, but I feel that this might get problematic in the future.

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Sure, that seems correct. I have renamed to and created a synonym between the two, and I've removed from the two questions that had it. Keep in mind that when there are only a handful of questions and no tag wiki, anyone with the privilege to create new tags can make these small retags/renames.

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