Rockstar is ready to give gamers a taste of Red Dead Online. The beta starts November 27th, and it will allow more players every day. Anyone who purchased the ultimate edition of the game will be the first to take to the ol’ dusty trail with friends. Anyone who played the game on October 26th will be given access on November 28th. The gates are opened on November 29th for anyone who played from October 26th – 29th. Lastly, anyone who owns the game can give it a try on November 30th.
What can you expect in Red Dead Online? Only Rockstar really knows, and it isn’t spilling that can of beans yet. You will be able to create a character with different abilities, hunt, fish, play solo, or join other players as part of a posse with your own camp. There will be missions with plenty of rootin’, tootin’, and shootin’ in and out of towns across the offline game’s map. Other than those general details, we still don’t know much.
In case you expect to not have problems once your horse is out of the gate, think again, cowboy. Rockstar is saying this is a true beta. Those are the things we used to have when a game wasn’t actually ready for everyone to play. The developer says that the beta is to “deal with the inevitable turbulence of launching any online experience of this size and scale”. There will probably be bugs, and it would be much obliged if you would report them.
Once you are eligible, you can access the beta from the game’s title screen. For those who purchased the ultimate edition, you can mount up at 8:30 a.m. EST / 1:30 p.m. GMT tomorrow. For the rest of us, I would expect similar times, but a beta has all the predictability of an angry mule. Thankfully, it’s free, so you can always go back to causing mischief or playing through the story in Red Dead Redemption 2 until the problems are fixed.
Jason became terminally addicted to videogames after receiving the NES at an early age. This addiction grew to include PC gaming and was cemented with the launch of the PS2. From then on, he was afflicted with epic RPGs, tense shooters, and deep strategy games, never becoming skillful, but never able to quit. He continues to play games (poorly) and share his passion for them to anyone willing to listen.