With Red Dead Redemption 2 having been out for a month now, many players are still exploring and experiencing Rockstar’s immaculately crafted world. Many of us though, are also eagerly awaiting the online component in which we can experience this world with our friends and other players.
It has just been revealed that Red Dead Redemption 2’s online beta period will begin this week, with a staggered release schedule in which more players will have access as the week goes on.
The schedule is as follows:
- November 27th (Tuesday): Red Dead Redemption 2 Ultimate Edition owners will have access.
- November 28th (Wednesday): All players who played Red Dead Redemption 2 on release day, October 26th.
- November 29th (Thursday): All players who played Red Dead Redemption 2 between October 26th and October 29th.
- November 30th (Friday): All players who own Red Dead Redemption 2 will have access to the online beta.
Accessing the beta will be done through the title screen. If you are in the first stage, access will be available from:
5:30am PT / 8:30am ET / 1:30pm UK / 12:30am AEST (November 28th).
Regarding what Red Dead Redemption 2’s online will actually be, is still not overtly clear. Though, in saying this, Rockstar has shared some new details which outline some of what we can expect when diving into the online experience. Players will create and customise their character, including tailoring their abilities. Furthermore, you can play solo, but can also form or join a Posse which will allow up to seven players to group up. It also seems that Posse’s will own their own camps. This hopefully means that among the inevitable chaos of the online experience, players and their friends will have their own slice of home, similar to the single-player campaign camps.
In terms of activities, it has been said that players can, “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.”
Once we get our hands on the beta, it will be exciting to see what kind of content is and isn’t available to us as well as giving us a look at the current state of things so we no longer have to speculate. With good communication between Rockstar and players regarding bugs, glitches, ideas and general feedback, hopefully the Red Dead Redemption 2 online experience is as good as the single-player experience.
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