For Xbox Live subscribers who put down money on Red Dead Redemption 2 Ultimate version, they should have access to the online beta starting today, with other versions of the game getting access to the online beta through Friday this week.
Players can explore the world solo or with friends by forming or joining a Posse. Clocking in at 5.6GB on the PS4, the Red Dead 2 update 1.03 version brings the online component files to the game and then some.
Apart from that though the basics are the same, as you start with limited access to weapons and the play area slowly constricts around you as the match goes on.
Rather than flinging open the gates and watching cowboys trample each other underhoof in their race to murder each other, Rockstar has separated Red Dead Redemption 2 players into groups and is rolling the mode out over the next few days. Red Dead Online is taking battle royale back to the old school.
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The main issue doesn't appear to be getting online, but when you enter matchmaking for the first time. "However as with many betas for large scale online experiences such as this, there is always the chance that we may need to implement rank or other stat resets in case of issues". If you played between October 26 and October 29 you can play on Thursday November 29.
It seems the camp mentality will be carrying over too, with up to seven players able to form a posse who can gather round fires, go hunting, fishing, attack hideouts, hunt treasure, and visit key locations from across the main campaign.
This includes one of two game modes, where players are only allowed to use a bow and a handful of arrows or throwing knives, to be the last one standing. If that sounds awfully like a Battle Royale, that's because that's precisely what it is.
The studio added, "We are aiming to deliver a stable and fun experience while collecting as much crucial information and feedback as possible to help us continually improve Red Dead Online".