8:23am PT by Patrick Shanley
Rockstar Unveils 'Red Dead Online'
A month after the release of Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar Games has officially announced the launch of the blockbuster Western's online component. Early access to the Red Dead Online beta will begin Tuesday, Nov. 27 before opening to full public access on Friday, Nov. 30.
Red Dead Online will blend multiplayer gameplay from the 2010 original Red Dead Redemption with new experiences built on "everything we have learned since then about creating deep multiplayer experiences."
Players will be able to create their own customized characters and their abilities as they explore the sprawling open world of Red Dead Redemption 2 with other players from around the world. Users can join or form their own Posse of up to seven players; gather around the fire at their camp; hunt, fish and explore the towns of the world; meet and take on missions from familiar faces in the game; search for lost treasure; attack rival gangs' hideouts; and compete with other players and entire Posses in spontaneous fights, large-scale set-piece battles, open world challenges and more.
Rockstar also stated that Red Dead Online will continue to grow and evolve over time, saying that the launch of the game's online beta is "the first step in what will be a continually expanding and dynamic world."
During the beta process, Rockstar will listen to player feedback and suggestions on how to shape Red Dead Online for the future.
Red Dead Online will launch with an early access period on Nov. 27 for Red Dead Redemption 2: Ultimate Edition owners at 8:30 a.m. ET. On Wednesday, all users who played Red Dead Redemption 2 on Oct. 26, according to Rockstar's data, will be open to play. On Thursday, that window will open to include gamers who played the game between Oct. 26 and Oct. 29, and by Friday all players who own Red Dead Redemption 2 will be able to play Red Dead Online by launching the game and selecting the "Online" option in the top right of the title menu.