Red Dead Online beta launches on Xbox One (update)

Updated November 30, 2018: Red Dead Online is now available to everyone who purchased the game.

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.

According to a report by Variety, Red Dead Online should launch for Ultimate Edition owners on November 27, 2018. An excerpt detailing the start times can be found below.

The beta for the online portion of Red Dead Redemption 2 goes live in waves this week, with those who purchased the Ultimate Edition of the game gaining access Tuesday, anyone who played on November 26 gains access on Wednesday, anyone who played between October 26 and October 29 gets in on Thursday, and everyone else by Friday. The beta, which is free for those who own the game.

It's great to see that progress will carry over the final build of the mode. Hopefully Rockstar will announce a proper launch date soon because the open beta is bound to have bugs and other issues.

Red Dead Redemption 2 focuses on the struggle of Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang. With federal agents and the best bounty hunters in the nation massing on their heels, the gang must rob, steal, and fight their way across the rugged heartland of America in order to survive. As deepening internal divisions threaten to tear them apart, Arthur must make a choice between his own ideals or loyalty to the gang who raised him.

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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Asher Madan

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