We'll follow up with our written impression before the proper, full-fledged review of Red Dead Online which sounds meaty from the developer's description.
For the unaware, Red Dead Online will be an entirely free addition to Red Dead Redemption 2. As expected there's some teething issues, with Red Dead Online not working for some players.
And patch 1.03 is now live to download on PS4 and Xbox One and is a required update for those who want to start playing multiplayer today. Where Grand Theft Auto V introduced a persistent multiplayer environment filled with the joys of microtransactions, Red Dead Redemption 2 is walking the same path - but those looking to saddle up may have to wait until the end of the week to do so. Once you do get online, you'll quickly realise that certain mechanics aren't present, trains and stagecoaches included.
The Red Dead Online mode is only being switched on today, and even then only for those that own the Ultimate Edition, but fans have hacked in and found a list of intended modes anyway.
Red Dead Online as it exists now is actually a beta. It'll launch at roughly 11:30pm (AEDT) and will begin with those who purchased (and have installed) the Ultimate Edition.
Red Dead Online Beta Release Date & Time Announced, Access Being Granted in Waves
The initial days of the Red Dead Online beta are a stress test, and Rockstar is introducing players gradually up until Friday, where Red Dead Online will be available to all players. We won't reveal numerous other key early details, but you can probably anticipate what happens given that the first Red Dead Online achievement is called "Breakout".
Now it looks like we know a little more, thanks to a twitter user who appears to have unearthed the game's playlists and online jobs.
Thursday, November 29th: All players who played Red Dead Redemption 2 between October 26th to October 29th according to our data. During the beta, you'll have the option to form a group with up to seven other players, set up your own camp, take on missions, engage in PvP and more.
Players can explore the world solo or with friends by forming or joining a Posse.
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