Rockstar promised that Red Dead Redemption 2’s online component will release this month, and last night they finally announced the launch details for the Red Dead Online beta. We also have more information about what Red Dead Online entails, and what players can expect.
According to the announcement, the Red Dead Online beta is but the first step in what will be “a continually expanding and dynamic world.” The gameplay mechanics of Red Dead Redemption 2 form the foundation of the online component, and it will also include deep customization options. Players will also be able to tailor their character abilities to fit their play style.
Built from the ground up for the latest hardware, Red Dead Online blends the classic multiplayer of the original Red Dead Redemption with the best of everything we have learned since then about creating deep multiplayer experiences. The result is something completely new and fun, and an experience that will continue to expand and evolve over time.
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Rockstar opens the Red Dead Online beta in stages so as to better control server size and crashes. Those who own the Ultimate Edition gets early access which starts today, with the rest staggered according to when they first played Red Dead Redemption 2.
- Tuesday, November 27th – All Red Dead Redemption 2: Ultimate Edition owners. If you purchased a physical copy then you need to redeem the Ultimate Edition code
- Wednesday, November 28th – All players who played Red Dead Redemption 2 on October 26th
- Thursday, November 29th – All players who played Red Dead Redemption 2 between October 26th to October 29th
- Friday, November 30th: All players who own Red Dead Redemption 2
Even though Red Dead Online is essentially a multiplayer experience, you can enjoy it solo. Those who want to play it with friends can create or join a “Posse,” with up to seven cowboys. As in the base game, you will have a Camp where you can hang out, talk strategy and store your stash. Don’t get too comfortable as rival gangs can attack your Camp.
Red Dead Online will include much the same activities as Red Dead Redemption 2; hunting, fishing, missions, gang battles, robberies and interaction with familiar characters in any of the many towns (five states) from the base game. The extra online component activities include things like open world challenges, spontaneous skirmishes against rival gangs and pitched set-piece battles.
Players can find the Red Dead Online option in the top right screen of the title menu. The Red Dead Online beta launches simultaneously on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.