The beta for the online component of Red Dead Redemption 2, is going live this week in waves for those who purchased the game. The first to gain access to the online beta is those who purchased the Ultimate Edition. Following that on the next day, access for those who played on launch day, followed by those who played the game on launch weekend.
Tuesday, November 27 – Owners of Ultimate Edition Red Dead Redemption 2
Wednesday, November 28 – Those who played Red Dead Redemption 2 on launch day (October 26).
Thursday, November 29 – Those who played Red Dead Redemption 2 on launch weekend (October 26-29)
Friday, November 30 – Everyone else.
From the press release:
With the gameplay of Red Dead Redemption 2 as its foundation, Red Dead Online transforms the vast and deeply detailed landscapes, cities, towns and habitats of Red Dead Redemption 2 into a new, living online world ready to be shared by multiple players. Create and customize your character, tailor your abilities to suit your play style and head out into a new frontier full of things to experience.
Explore the world solo or with friends. Form or join a Posse to ride with up to seven players; gather around the fire at your Camp;head out hunting or fishing; visit bustling towns; battle enemy gangs and attack their hideouts; hunt for treasure; take on missions and interact with familiar characters from across the five states; or fight against other outlaws in both spontaneous skirmishes and pitched set-piece battles; compete with other players or whole Posses in open world challenges and much more.
Red Dead Online is being touted as an “evolution” of the multiplayer found in Red Dead Redemption, the online mode includes an open world ripe with activities, gangs to rob, and the wilderness begging to be explored.
Considering this is a beta, expect bugs and glitches, so if that’s an issue you might want to steer clear until a full release.