The highly anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2 Online Open Beta is now live! The new game option allows players to make custom outlaws and take part in battle royales against fellow gamers. Take a look at the creation mode below.
Not too different from the Grand Theft Auto V character creation, RDR2 provides a ton of creator options for gamers to create unique outlaws with their own flair and style.
In the multiplayer, you create a player, start your own camp with fellow players and then engage in a battle royale mode called “Make It Count.” The mode is comprised of 32 players and is pretty much a last man or woman standing.
The beta will add more things to do and see as time goes on, and Rockstar describes Red Dead Online itself as a “continually expanding experience.”
Release dates used to be simple, but those days are long gone. Here’s the full guide to when you’ll be able to access Red Dead Online:
- Tuesday, Nov. 27: all Red Dead Redemption 2 Ultimate Edition owners. You have to redeem the Ultimate Edition code in the packaging to be eligible.
- Wednesday, Nov. 28: everybody who played Red Dead Redemption 2 on launch day (Oct. 26), according to Rockstar’s data.
- Thursday, Nov. 29: everybody who played Red Dead Redemption 2 between Oct. 26-29, according to Rockstar’s data.
- Friday, Nov. 30: everybody else who owns Red Dead Redemption 2.
These are some of the other features with Online:
- Shootout & 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.
Your progress in the beta will give you a head start on the full release of Red Dead Online, or at least that’s the hope.
“We hope that all player progress during this early period of the Beta will be able to remain intact long term, 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,” Rockstar explained in the announcement.
Red Dead will have an honor system that will react to how you handle the decisions you make in the game, but will also know how you take care of the simple things like caring for your horse.
You can play Free Roam Missions by finding Stranger icons, and your honor will play a part.
“You’ll see some familiar faces along the way, and these missions can vary based on how noble or nefarious you are — for example, an honorable gunslinger may be asked to help escort a convoy, defending it from attacking gangs or even other players’ Posses, whereas a dishonorable outlaw may be asked to help spring a felon from the law,” Rockstar explained.
There are also missions that are designed for groups of two to four players to play cooperatively. “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,” Rockstar said.