Check out these helpful Red Dead Online tips from Rockstar Games

Today, Rockstar Games announced Red Dead Online's availability to the general public. Red Dead Online is a connected online experience set against the backdrop of Red Dead Redemption 2's massive open world. According to the studio, this new version is an evolution of the classic multiplayer experience found in Red Dead Redemption.

Now that everyone who owns the game can participate in the Red Dead Online beta, Rockstar Games shared a selection of tips for getting starting and thriving across the frontier. You can read the excerpts below.

Character Creation: Use the character creator's in-depth tools to detail your character's appearance and facial features. To further adjust a number of facial features, tap "A" to enter the "Customize" section and use the sliders to fine-tune your character. You can also click the "Right Stick" to quickly see your character's face without facial hair, and tap "LB" and "RB" to quickly check your character's side profile. While you can always make changes to your character's hair, facial hair, makeup, and dentistry at the local barber or clothing from your wardrobe or shops, your permanent features like your nose, eyes, mouth, and freckles will not change after you finish creating your character. If you'd like at any point to start anew with a different character, you can delete your current character and create a new one by going to the "Player" section of the pause menu and holding down "X." please keep in mind that this will delete your existing character and progression.Player Menu: Tap "D-pad Left" to bring up the Player menu. From here you can find many practical tools and features. For example, you can see other players in the session and your friends, form or join a "Posse," manage your camp and horses, quickly join matches or series, and adjust your voice chat options.Fast Travel: This is probably the most time-saving tip of them all. Visit "Fast Travel" signposts to quickly travel to where your Posse or friends are located and various other locations around the map, or return to your camp for a flat fee.Missions: Visit Horley in Blackwater to start "A Land of Opportunities," a co-op series of story-based missions that can push your honor high or low based on your decisions. You'll get to know some new characters in Red Dead Online, fight alongside fellow outlaws, and earn a pretty penny along the way. If you made all positive honor decisions throughout and want to see how the storyline changes and push your honor in the other direction, you can replay making all negative honor decisions, all while receiving further payout and experience.Treasure Maps: When you hit "Rank 10" you'll receive a "Treasure Map." This can be used to uncover gold and cash. You'll receive Treasure Maps for every five ranks after that. There's also a chance you'll uncover a Treasure Map when looting enemy bodies after clearing a "Hideout" or surviving an ambush.Catalogue: Hold down D-pad Left to bring up the "Catalogue" and pick up provisions, tonics, weapons, ammo and more while on the go. Alternatively, when not in-game, purchases can be made via the web Catalogue on the "Social Club." Once purchased, you can recover most of your goods from your Camp's lockbox or any post office. New weapons can be found on your horse and clothing will be added to your "Wardrobe." Any horses or saddles will go to stables.Ability Cards: Lastly, you have to use game-changing "Ability Cards." You can utilize different Ability Card categories like combat, recovery, and defense to help you survive the frontier. You can upgrade Ability Cards through three tiers of benefits and can adjust them at any time to suit any scenario.

How do you like Red Dead Online? Let us know. Red Dead Redemption 2 launched on October 26, 2018 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 systems. The game runs at native 4K resolution on Xbox One X.

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