The wild west is going to be populated with a whole lot more cowpokes and cattle wranglers this week. Red Dead Online, the multiplayer component to Red Dead Redemption 2, goes into beta for everyone over the last few days of November.
However, access dates are tiered. Here's how they shake out. Anyone who has the Ultimate Edition of Red Dead Redemption 2 can play Red Dead Online tomorrow, November 27. Those who played Red Dead Redemption 2 (any version of the game) on launch day will get access on November 28. The people who played it during its launch weekend (October 26 through 29) will be able to play on November 29. Finally, the Red Dead Online beta opens up to everyone who owns Red Dead Redemption 2 on November 30.
While the update is free for everyone, it's expected that actually playing Red Dead Online will require an active PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscription. That's how GTA Online works on PS4 and Xbox One. That's the price to saddle up with your six-shooter next to seven of your favorite cowboys and cowgirls.
Although it's only a beta, Rockstar hasn't nailed down an end date for this. Rather, it seems that this is a beta that eventually transitions into the final version of Red Dead Online. It's in Rockstar's best interests to keep this up and running permanently. GTA Online keeps making beaucoup bucks, and Rockstar has similarly high hopes for its Red Dead counterpart.