Red Dead Redemption 2 had a record-breaking release. (Photo: Take-Two Interactive)

The first players who will gain access to the “Red Dead Online” beta on Tuesday are those who bought the “Red Dead Redemption 2: Ultimate Edition” using a code included in the packaging.

Then on Wednesday, all players who played “Red Dead Redemption 2” on Oct. 26 gain access. The next day, access is granted to all who played the game between Oct. 26-29. On Friday, anyone who owns the game is scheduled to get in.

Players will see an option to select “Online” from the title menu when they boot up the game.

Red Dead Online Beta

Early access begins tomorrow, November 27


— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) November 26, 2018

“Red Dead Redemption 2” has been an unqualified hit for Rockstar Games, which is perhaps best known for its “Grand Theft Auto” series. “Red Dead” raked in $725 million in sales worldwide in its first three days, a tally second only to Rockstar’s “Grand Theft Auto V,” the biggest seller of all time, which took in $1 billion in its first three days when it launched on Sept. 17, 2013.

An online expansion could mean “Red Dead Redemption 2” will trot into the future for years to come. Rockstar continues to provide new experiences to its “Grand Theft Auto Online,” an online multiplayer expansion of “GTA V” now going on 5 years old.  

Among the experiences Rockstar promises in “Red Dead Online,” according to its online post: “Explore the 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.”

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‘Red Dead Redemption 2,’ a Mature-rated game from Rockstar Games (for Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One) is a massive open-world adventure set in the Old West. Your character Arthur Morgan is part of an outlaw gang that’s on the run and faces encroaching law and order. Rockstar GamesFullscreen

You play as outlaw Arthur Morgan in the video game ‘Red Dead Redemption 2.’ Clearly troubled with the gang’s leader, Arthur regularly faces choices that will impact how the world responds to him. Rockstar GamesFullscreen

Your horse is integral to your success in ‘Red Dead Redemption 2.’ Your care for
your horse — feeding, grooming, tack upgrades — will help its performance. Rockstar GamesFullscreen

Your character in ‘Red Dead Redemption 2,’ , Arthur Morgan, at left, helps the gang’s camp thrive by catching wild game, collecting debts and committing other cash-yielding crimes. Rockstar GamesFullscreen

Dutch van der Linde is the charismatic, idealistic leader of the gang at the heart of ‘Red Dead Redemption 2.’ Rockstar GamesFullscreen

For more than twenty years, Dutch van der Linde, at center, has led the gang, which includes Arthur Morgan, fourth from the left. But as the events in ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ unfold, the gang’s past — and America’s future — could lead to their downfall. Rockstar GamesFullscreen

There’s plenty of opportunities to see out cover during combat in ‘Red Dead Redemption 2.’ Rockstar GamesFullscreen

You can explore the massive setting of ‘Red Dead Redemption 2,’ creating your own adventures beyond the game’s storyline. Rockstar GamesFullscreen

Women play a larger role in ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ than in many previous Rockstar Games open-world adventures. Rockstar GamesFullscreen

Trains and stagecoaches can be methods of transportation or targets for robbery in ‘Red Dead Redemption 2.’ Rockstar GamesFullscreen

You can hunt wild game in ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ and use your conquests to feed the gang and, with pelts, craft new items your character can use and wear. Rockstar GamesFullscreen

Visit burgeoning turn-of-the-century towns as you explore ‘Red Dead Redemption 2.’ While there, you can buy supplies, upgrade your weapons, play poker and frequent the saloon. Rockstar GamesFullscreen

In ‘Red Dead Redemption 2,’ you can see the game through a traditional third-person point of view, or opt for first-person. Sometimes, you may want to check out the cinematic option to check out the view. Rockstar GamesFullscreen


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