The Red Dead Online beta kicks off today, Tuesday November 27, for anyone who owns the Red Dead Redemption 2 Ultimate Edition.
The Red Dead Online beta will then go live on a staggered schedule for players until it’s open to everyone on Friday, November 30.
At the time pre-orders of Red Dead Redemption 2 went live, Rockstar Games gave no indication that buying the Ultimate Edition would grant early access to the multiplayer portion of Red Dead Redemption.
The staggered release is in place to ease the technical burden on the Red Dead Online beta, which will support up to 32 players in multiplayer modes. Rockstar has said that it will build and grow Red Dead Online content and player count after launch, with the help of the community.
Red Dead Online beta start time and release time
Access begins on each day at the following times: 8:30am EST / 5:30am PT / 1:30pm UK / 2:30pm Europe
- Tuesday, November 27: All Red Dead Redemption 2: Ultimate Edition owners.
- Wednesday, November 28: All players who played Red Dead Redemption 2 on October 26th according to Rockstar data.
- Thursday, November 29: All players who played Red Dead Redemption 2 between October 26th to October 29th according to Rockstar data.
- Friday, November 30: All players who own Red Dead Redemption 2.
“The launch of the Red Dead Online Beta is the first step in what will be a continually expanding and dynamic world, and the beta period will allow us to deal with the inevitable turbulence of launching any online experience of this size and scale,” it said.
“During this process, we will be looking to our dedicated and amazing community to help us report and fix problems, share ideas, and assist in shaping the future of the full Online experience. As with all of our releases, we will strive to make the launch of Red Dead Online the best it can possibly be, and we ask that the community share that spirit with us over the next weeks and months.”
More details about modes and activities are due tomorrow from Rockstar, but the developer has said that players will be able to access the whole Red Dead Redemption 2 map, and be able to hunt, fish and camp as well as go up against other players in spontaneous and more organised battles. As well as creating your own character and posse, players will also come into conflict with the gangs from Red Dead Redemption 2 and attack their hideouts.
Red Dead Redemption 2 Ultimate Edition owners can play the Red Dead Online beta from Tuesday November 27. Anyone who played the game on launch day can play the beta from Wednesday November 28, and if you played Red Dead Redemption 2 over the launch weekend you’ll be able to jump on to the beta on Thursday November 29.
Finally, the Red Dead Online beta will be open to everyone who owns Red Dead Redemption 2 on Friday November 30.
If you’re still working your way through Red Dead Redemption 2 we have an absolutely massive guide, complete with a guide to the best weapons, the best wild horse and how to fill your saddle bags with loads of gold bars.