Red Dead Online's Public Beta Launches Starting Tomorrow for Select Players, Later This Week for Everyone

Published: November 26, 2018 2:41 PM /


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It's time to live out your own personal Western fantasy when Red Dead Redemption 2's counterpart to Grand Theft Auto Online launches its beta tomorrow called as one would expect, Red Dead Online.

Red Dead Online will be available tomorrow, November 27th at 8:30 EST,  to those who purchased the $100 Red Dead Redemption II Ultimate Edition of the game. Then on Wednesday, if you played the game on the launch day, you get a shot at it. On Tuesday, anyone who played from launch to October 29th are allowed in the beta. By the end of the week this Friday, anyone who has the game can jump in Red Dead Online. 


Here's what Rockstar has to say about Red Dead Online: 

Red Dead Online is an evolution of the classic multiplayer experience in the original Red Dead Redemption, blending narrative with competitive and cooperative gameplay in fun new ways. Using the gameplay of the upcoming Red Dead Redemption 2 as a foundation, Red Dead Online will be ready to be explored alone or with friends, and will also feature constant updates and adjustments to grow and evolve this experience for all players.
It will feature character customization unlike the original Red Dead Redemption, where you could only choose pre-made characters from certain factions like the Rebeldes and Walton's Gang.

The Verge reports that you can also "tailor your abilities to suit your playstyle" and even form your own posse of seven players. Of course, this all takes place within Red Dead Redemption 2's large, open world.

Since this is a public beta, there may be bugs and other issues, but if you want to see what Red Dead Online has to offer, this week is your first look. If you want to know what we think of Red Dead Redemption itself, you can check out our review and if you want to pick it up, it's currently a few dollars off as part of Amazon's Cyber Monday sale on Xbox One.


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Quick Take

I'm very excited to get my hands on Red Dead Online. I played the original game's online mode for hours on end and had a blast. It seems like they'll be adding the total freedom of Grand Theft Auto Online into this version. I hope that I can buy my own property, go on robberies and other heists, and gamble with other players. I'm not going to go into the beta thinking it's perfect though; I remember Grand Theft Auto Online's rocky launch and I won't get my hopes up until it's out of beta.

Are you excited to play Red Dead Online? What are you looking forward to most?

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