Rockstar Games has provided details on the Beta for Red Dead Online, as well as confirmed its release date. If you didn’t know Red Dead Online is the multiplayer counterpart for Red Dead Redemption 2. Starting today, Red Dead Online will launch its Beta allowing players to create their own Gunslinger where you can either play Solo or join up with friends in a Posse of up to seven members to take part in Missions, Open-World Activities such as Hunting and Fishing, and Horse Racing to settle the age old debate of which one of you truly owns the fastest horse in The Wild West.
The release dates for Red Dead Online are as follows:
- Tuesday, November 27th: All Red Dead Redemption 2: Ultimate Edition owners. Please note, players who purchased the physical Ultimate Edition must redeem the Ultimate Edition code in the packaging to be eligible.
- Wednesday, November 28th: All players who played Red Dead Redemption 2 on October 26th according to our data.
- Thursday, November 29th: All players who played Red Dead Redemption 2 between October 26th to October 29th according to our data.
- Friday, November 30th: All players who own Red Dead Redemption 2.
Rockstar has stated that this specific roll-out schedule is to ensure as smooth a release as possible, to ease the servers into what is sure to be a heavily populated launch.
Getting Started in The Wild West
When you start the Beta you will be able to create your character, either male or female. You will then escape the Sisika Penitentiary which you should recognize if you played through the main game’s story. Rockstar described the events that follow and had this to say, “Detail your appearance and attributes before you set out on your journey from Sisika Penitentiary where you’ll acquire a horse, set up a Camp, hunt down a treasure, equip your first Ability Card and meet some fateful characters with a larger story to tell; one that involves chasing truth, revenge, and honor.”
According to Rockstar, Red Dead Online will be a continually evolving experience and over the course of the Beta they will also be adding additions and updates. When Red Dead Online’s Beta launches this week players will have this to look forward to, “You can ride with friends in a Posse, set up your Camp, embark on cooperative story-based missions or go head-to-head in competitive series, find strangers throughout the world to help (or hurt)”.
Rockstar also listed some examples of the Open World Activities which you can take part in when not completing story missions or competing with other players. “Tackle spontaneous Free Roam challenges, go hunting, fishing, bond with your horse, explore with friends or on your own (but look out for ambushes), and much more.”
Everything you do in the Beta will give you experience points towards your overall Rank, and will also add bonuses to your character. You can unlock items and level up your stats just like in the main game, as well as complete Award Challenges, which have 12 categories including Combat, Hunting, Sharpshooter, and Survivalist.
Red Dead Online will carry over the Honor System from the main game, which functions like a moral compass, showing whether you are a law-abiding Gunslinger, or a wanted Outlaw. Everything you do will contribute to this Honor System, choices you make will affect the outcome of certain Missions, and to take it a step further you will actually acquire different Missions depending on your moral standing. If you are good, you will get Missions tailored toward helping someone in need, if you’re the opposite, you will get Missions where you might rob someone or get tips leading you to crimes you can complete.
Rockstar also gave examples of some of the ways they are expanding upon this Honor System, deepening your experience in this Online World.
A Land of Opportunities
“Honor also plays into this deeper cooperative strand for two to four players that we will continually build upon. In A Land of Opportunities, you’ll be faced with a multi-part series of missions, with some parts changing as your honor changes on a larger journey to seek truth and justice, or revenge.”
Competitive Game Modes
Red Dead Online’s Beta will feature five Game Modes at launch. You can also compete in Horse Races including: point-to-point, lap and open races spread around the Open World. Here is Rockstar’s description for each of the five Competitive Game Modes:
- Shootout and Team Shootout
“Classic gunfight modes with unlimited lives. Compete to rack up the most kills before the timer runs out. Sudden death will trigger in the event of a tie: whoever gets the first kill wins.”
- Make it Count
“A true test of resourcefulness in two game modes: use nothing but a bow and a handful of arrows or throwing knives to be the last one standing. With a gradually shrinking player area, there’s nowhere to run.”
- Most Wanted
“A tactical race to the top. Every kill pushes you up the scoreboard, but watch out: the closer to the top you are, the more points everyone else gets for killing you.”
- Hostile Territory
“Work in teams to control the land. Capture a territory to start racking up points: the team with most points wins – or you can win outright by capturing every territory.”
- Name your Weapon
“Demonstrate your personal specialty in this free-for-all or team based match: the trickier the weapon you use to land the killing blow, the more points you get.”
Will you be taking part in Red Dead Online’s Beta when it launches this week? Let us know your thoughts on the five Game Modes, and tell us what kind of content you’d like to see Rockstar Games add to Red Dead Online through future updates.