Red Dead Redemption 2 is now available on both PS4 and Xbox One, but if you haven’t been paying close attention, you might be wondering where its multiplayer mode is and how to access it. Red Dead Online, as it’s called, is not yet available; instead, it will launch sometime in November as a beta. There’s still very little known about it, but you can read our original story below for what we do know. Additionally, Take-Two has now narrowed things down slightly, saying Red Dead Online launches in late November.
Rockstar has shared the first details regarding Red Dead Redemption 2’s online mode, named simply Red Dead Online. As was the case with Grand Theft Auto V’s online component, GTA Online, Red Dead Online will not launch alongside the game itself; instead, it will debut sometime in November 2018–one month after Redemption 2 itself releases–and will start as a public beta. Anyone who owns a copy of RDR2 will have free access to Red Dead Online; there’s no indication the multiplayer mode will be made available separately.
“Using the gameplay of the upcoming Red Dead Redemption 2 as a foundation, Red Dead Online will be ready to be explored alone or with friends, and will also feature constant updates and adjustments to grow and evolve this experience for all players,” the announcement states.
But in a moment of expectations-setting, the announcement also warns that players who hop on immediately are likely to experience some growing pains. Specifically, the studio says it expects turbulence at launch, and to work with the community to overcome “teething problems” and develop Red Dead Online over time.
That roadmap makes it sound very similar to Grand Theft Online, which was fairly rough when it first launched a few weeks after the launch of Grand Theft Auto V. Rockstar has been treating it as a live service since then, though, and has continuously added new features, modes, and cosmetic items over the course of years. Red Dead Online is likely to get a similar treatment given the phenomenal long-term success of GTA V.
The November launch target also sets it apart from the release date for Red Dead Redemption 2 itself, which is set to release on October 26. For more details, check out our wrap-up of everything we know so far. Finally, we’ve got new screenshots, hunting details, and word of a PS4 Pro bundle.