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Gaming: Red Dead Online revealed, retro Sega console coming to America

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Sep 20, 2018, 2:59 PM EDT

Rockstar must be on the downhill swing of its marketing push for next month’s release of Red Dead Redemption 2, because the news drops about the much-anticipated sequel have been coming fast lately. 

Fresh off the release of cool new screens and town-themed key art earlier this week, Rockstar has just revealed Red Dead Online, the game’s multiplayer component aimed at assuring a long shelf life beyond the main single-player campaign. 

Via IGN, Red Dead Online will take on the best-received of the multiplayer features packed into 2010’s Red Dead Redemption, and add in everything the studio has learned from developing Grand Theft Auto V Online, the successful extension of its 2013 car culture sandbox game.

Red Dead Online, which will first launch as a public beta, “will use the world and gameplay mechanics of Red Dead Redemption 2 as a jumping off point,” Rockstar’s Imran Sarwar told IGN. “…Players will be able to explore alone or easily join with friends or other players to compete or work together. We’ll take full advantage of the entire world, as well as all the aspects of a 19th century setting that make Red Dead Redemption 2 unique and fun.”

The old-west version of an online multiplayer sandbox will have a different feel from its fast-moving Los Santos counterpart in GTA V, added Rockstar producer Josh Needleman. Because players won’t be able to race across the landscape in a stolen car, quests and encounters will unfold at a more leisurely pace.  

“One of the biggest differences between GTA and Red Dead universes is that you’re often speeding through or flying over a GTA world, whereas in Red Dead Redemption the change of pace elevates the intimacy of the overall experience,” he said. “…This should feel intimate and personal while still feeling fun and action-packed from moment to moment.”

The beta goes live sometime in November, shortly after the main game’s late-October launch, with Rockstar promising to reveal additional details soon. As for Red Dead Redemption 2, book your return stagecoach ride to New Austin for Oct. 26, when the game releases for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Two retro game console announcements in one day: just as Sony was tipping its hat to the past with the announcement of the PlayStation Classic, an all-new wayback machine pre-loaded with 20 PS1-era classics, Sega was parting with some news of its own: the upcoming Sega Genesis Mini, previously announced only for a Japanese release as the Sega Mega Drive Mini, reportedly will be coming to America. 

Via The Verge, the news came as part of Sega’s admission that it’s delaying the debut of the previously-announced device in Japan until next year. But news that the rebooted 16-bit console will also be heading to the U.S. pretty much erases any shade of disappointment from the hearts of nostalgic American gamers. 

Details on which genre-defining game the Genesis Mini will include are still scarce, as is information on what, if any, gaming media the new console will handle. And beyond the announcement that the Mini should appear sometime in 2019, we still don’t have a release date — so stay tuned.

Finally, the picture is coming into focus for the remake of Resident Evil 2, with the release of a new trailer that gives us our best look yet at how the current-gen update of Capcom’s 1998 classic is shaping up.

The moody new clip reveals Ada Wong’s updated look (nice shades), as well as a nice peek at in-game combat, as well as a quick peek at William Birkin having one of his bad days. Check out the trailer below, and then get ready to zombie: the Resident Evil 2 remake releases to PlaysStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on Jan. 25 of next year.

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