Sony Has Announced ‘Free To Play Weekend’ For Red Dead Online, GTA Online And More

Sony has confirmed that PlayStation 4 gamers who haven’t yet taken the plunge and picked up a PlayStation Plus subscription can see what they’re missing out on with a free to play weekend.

Right now, even if you have the offline versions of the games, you can’t play online without being a Plus subscriber, paying a monthly (or annual) fee which gets you online play, discounts on the PlayStation Store and free monthly games.

If you’re not signed up you can see whether you think it’s worth the cost with the upcoming free trial. From February 15th to the 17th you’ll be able to test out games including Red Dead Online, GTA Online, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Apex Legends and Monster Hunter World, just to name a few.

Will you be testing this out?

Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the best games you could ever play, with an extensive and (almost) flawless world to explore and a heart-wrenching storyline that’ll probably give your tear ducts a workout.

Red Dead Online, the game’s online counterpart which launched a month after the game, hasn’t been so well-received though.

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Aside from the usual problems you’d expect from an online beta (yes, it’s still in beta), the game is now plagued by griefers who like to steal your weapons and animal skins, and basically just terrorise you if you dare venture into their neck of the woods.

Despite its issues, it seems that Red Dead Online is more successful than Grand Theft Auto Online, Rockstar’s other online game. RDO is officially ahead of GTA Online at the same point in its lifecycle, surpassing it with more engagement and more interest.

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Rockstar Games CEO Strauss Zelnick stated: “It’s a beta offering, of course. And it’s gone about as we had expected…What’s really exciting is that during December, combined monthly active users of Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Online took Rockstar to a new record.

“We feel great about it. Obviously the experiences are a work in progress, and there will be a lot more content to come.

“But in terms of comparing where Grand Theft Auto Online was in terms of engagement at this stage of the game, versus where Red Dead Online at this stage in the game, Red Dead Online has more engagement, is doing better and has a lot more early traction. Which we think is very encouraging.”

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Although not everyone will agree that Red Dead Online is better than GTA Online, the figures don’t lie!

As for Red Dead 2 itself, the game has officially sold 23 million copies to retail, exceeding parent company Take-Two’s sales expectations.

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According to Zelnick: “The title shipped more in its first 15 days than the first Red Dead Redemption shipped in eight years, and it has the highest opening weekend of any title in entertainment history of any sort – $725 million. So we do feel really good about it. Naturally, it’s doing much better than expected and we had high expectations. It is very hard to call where we’ll go from here, other than to say we’re thrilled with what it has achieved so far.”

Have you been enjoying Red Dead Online?

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