Update: Rockstar have since sent out an official Newswire statement which corroborates the original story from The Verge.
Saddle up, gentlemen: Red Dead Online's Beta was promised to us by the end of November and by gosh, Rockstar have cut it fine. The Beta will start from tomorrow, November 27th — with full open access to all players arriving on November 30th.
According to The Verge, Rockstar has decided on a staggered release even in this beta phase, likely a defence against the connection debacle that occurred at the launch of GTA Online. Only Ultimate Edition owners will be able to play the Beta tomorrow (November 27th). On Wednesday November 28th, everyone who played the game on launch day (October 26th) can get involved. Thursday November 29th allows a few more to join the posse (anyone who played between October 26th and October 29th). Finally, on Friday, every Red Dead Redemption 2 player can give it a go.
The Verge also supplied this description of the game direct from Rockstar:
With the gameplay of Red Dead Redemption 2 as its foundation, Red Dead Online transforms the vast and deeply detailed landscapes, cities, towns, and habitats of Red Dead Redemption 2 into a new, living online world ready to be shared by multiple players. Create and customize your character, tailor your abilities to suit your play style, and head out into a new frontier full of things to experience.Are you excited to give the Online mode a go, or will you wait for the inevitable bugs to be fixed?
Explore this huge world solo or with friends. Form or join a posse to ride with up to seven players; gather around the fire at your camp; head out hunting or fishing; visit bustling towns; battle enemy gangs and attack their hideouts; hunt for treasure; take on missions and interact with familiar characters from across the five states; or fight against other outlaws in both spontaneous skirmishes and pitched set-piece battles; compete with other players or whole posses in open world challenges and much more.
We've got the full list of Red Dead Redemption 2 trophies - check the list for guides to unlocking them.
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