Red Dead Redemption 2 Online Rides Out This Week

Rockstar has confirmed that RDR 2 Online will start recruiting gang members this week.

Rockstar has confirmed that RDR 2 Online will start recruiting gang members this week.
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Editor’s Note: This story has been updated on 11/26/18 @ 2:50 p.m. following a Rockstar press release for Red Dead Online. 

The much anticipated online component for Red Dead Redemption 2 will enter beta starting tomorrow, Tuesday, November 27, as reported by multiple outlets.  

However, the beta will not be immediately available to everyone. Here’s how Rockstar will be rolling things out per Polygon

  • Tuesday, November 27: Red Dead Redemption Online will be available to all players who purchased the ultimate edition of Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Wednesday, November 28: Anyone who played RDR 2 on October 26  will gain access to the beta. 
  • Thursday, November 29: Anyone who played RDR 2 from October 26 to October 29. 
  • Friday, November 30: Everyone else who has purchased any other edition of Red Dead Redemption 2 and played after the above dates. 

The beta will begin at 8:30 a.m. EDT on November 27, although it is currently not clear at what times players will gain access to the beta on November 28 and November 30. After logging in, players will see the option for RDR Online in the top right-hand corner of the screen. 

While we don’t currently know exactly what to expect with Red Dead Redemption Online, we do know that it will take cues from GTA Online, that there will be heists, and, per some vulture-eyed sleuthing by UltraGamerz, the beginning of the mode will potentially feature some type of breakout scenario. 

We also know that players will be able to create their own characters and live out their Wild West fantasies in the vibrant world RDR 2 created in its base game. As with any online, multiplayer game, players will be able to ride solo or create posses — and they can be attacked, robbed, and murdered by other players at any given moment, even if they aren’t causing a ruckus. 

Per Rockstar, we will learn more about the mode tomorrow. 

Be sure to head over to our Red Dead Redemption 2 game hub for our review of the game, as well as a bevy of helpful tips and tricks guides while you wait. 

And check back over the coming days and weeks for our impressions of RDR 2‘s online component and more guide content on the mode. 

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