‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ to command 32 players online, 105GB storage space

Several 'Red Dead Redemption 2' details have emerged courtesy of retail listings. — Rockstar Games

Several 'Red Dead Redemption 2' details have emerged courtesy of retail listings. — Rockstar Games

Start clearing some hard drive space: according to a retailer promotion, Oct 26th's highly anticipated action adventure game Red Dead Redemption II will take up 105GB of space, while its online portion will accommodate up to 32 players. 

PlayStation and Rockstar Games are pushing the October release of Wild West adventure Red Dead Redemption II with a bundle that includes the game along with a PlayStation 4 Pro console. 

In announcing the deal on Sept 24, PlayStation detailed the benefits of playing Red Dead Redemption II on a 4K display as including enhanced graphics and optimised performance for a stunningly sharp and detailed look (when compared to a PS4 system) as well as "increased image clarity" through a PS4 Pro Supersampling Mode setting. 

While PlayStation limited its visuals to boxfront, game cover art, and standard PS4 Pro and controller imagery, US retailers, including Target and Walmart, also posted back of box shots, including small print detailing several previously unmentioned aspects. 

Officially speaking, the game will require 105GB in order to install, on PlayStation 4 Pro at least, which puts it among the largest PS4 installs to date, if not at the top of the pile. 

In doing so it surpasses the likes of Doom, Uncharted 4, and recent Call of Duty installs, perhaps not unexpected given Rockstar's insistence on creating a comprehensive look at turn of the 20th century USA. 

Additionally, there's to be a 30-day exclusivity period on selected online content coming to Red Dead Online, which is in line with similar preferential deals with Activision regarding its post-release support for Call of Duty and Destiny titles. 

The box also specifies that online multiplayer, previously introduced as Red Dead Online, will cater for up to 32 players. 

Though that's less than the 100-person matches that players of Battle Royale games like Fortnite, PUBG and, from mid-October, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 have become accustomed to, it represents a slight increase on the 30-person headcount of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto Online and a doubling on 2010's Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemption 2 is expected to have a profound impact on the video game industry's fortunes in 2018, with the annual Call of Duty and Battlefield franchises moving from their usual spots in order to accommodate it. 

Rockstar Games' previous release, Grand Theft Auto V, is currently ranked behind Tetris and Minecraft as the third best-selling videogame of all time. – AFP Relaxnews

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