Red Dead Online - or at least its beta - has finally launched this week, and fans are understandably excited. GTA Online proved to be one of the most successful (and lucrative) experiments in Rockstar's history, and though it certainly had its issues, players were more than willing to let them slide, with the mode affording most a large amount of freedom to do what they want, when they want, how they want.
So, with that in mind, the million dollar question on everyone's lips must surely be whether or not Rockstar have managed to recapture the same appeal of that mode with Red Dead, and the answer - at least currently - isn't yes.
Yes, Online is still in the earliest of stages, and it took months for GTA's multiplayer to get to its absolute best, but there are a whole number of concerns that have emerged in the wake of its first day, and some sound worryingly similar to the issues that plagued GTA Online during its later years.
It's early days, but given GTA Online's track record, there is cause for concern...