When does the Red Dead Redemption 2 Online beta start?

If everything goes as planned, the Red Dead Redemption 2 online component should up and running in beta form in the next couple of weeks.


It's been nearly a month since Red Dead Redemption 2 release out into the wild, and the good vibrations show no signs of slowing down. Many players have already worked their way through the game's main campaign, leaving them anxious to see how Red Dead Online will continue to evolve the game. We still don't now what the Red Dead Redemption 2 online component will look like, but we do have some information on when it's expected to launch.

When does the Red Dead Online beta release?

Speaking during a recent company conference call, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick dropped some of the only Red Dead Online release date information players have given. When asked about the company's plans for Red Dead Online, Zelnick said that Red Dead Online is slated to release "in public beta toward the end of the month."

While this is by no means a firm release date for the final form of Red Dead Online, it does at least give players a sense for how quickly Rockstar and Take-Two are trying to roll out the Red Dead Redemption 2 online multiplayer component. Of course, "toward the end of the month" could mean it releases tomorrow, or it could release on November 30. Technically speaking, it could also release in the early weeks of December. For now, we'll have to wait and see.

This is basically all the information players have as things stand now. We're still waiting to hear more about Red Dead Online, specifically any monetization plans the developers may have in mind. We do know from past interviews that the online component will have a distinct narrative focus. We can only assume what that means, but it's nice to know that Red Dead Redemption 2 Online will be about more than mini-games and avatar customization.

As the days, weeks, and months roll by, video game fans only stand to learn more about Red Dead Redemption 2. Shacknews has been doing its part as well, and we've collected together all of our top hints, tips, strategies, and more over on our elaborate Red Dead Redemption 2 walkthrough and guide.

Guides Editor

Kevin Tucker is a core component of Shacknews' powerful guide development team. For questions, concerns, tips, or to share constructive criticism, he can be reached on Twitter @dukeofgnar or through e-mail at kevin.tucker@shacknews.com.

From The Chatty
  • reply
    November 14, 2018 3:40 PM

    Kevin Tucker posted a new article, When does the Red Dead Redemption 2 Online beta start?

    • reply
      November 14, 2018 4:27 PM

      For a game in development for 7-8 years by 1100 people, the delayed launch of the online stuff is interesting. I wonder if it is partly due to the devs wanting people to focus on the single player story first, I bet if multiplayer was in at day 1 lots of peoples would never play the single player story.

      Launching the online stuff right around thanksgiving has to be brutal for the employees that are supporting the multiplayer stuff. Having your Holidays getting interrupted by insane work hours sucks.

      I wonder if getting the multiplayer going is important for holiday sales numbers, I mean if we are going to get RDR2 Battle Royal, that alone could drive millions of additional sales this holiday.

      • reply
        November 14, 2018 4:30 PM

        I also think it is insane to give this game a 10/10 when it didn’t even ship with multiplayer.

        • reply
          November 14, 2018 5:11 PM

          Right? Then they'll load it with microtransactions, nbd all the reviews are good and can't change on metacritic.

        • reply
          November 15, 2018 3:51 AM

          The single player experience is easy 10/10 warts and all from a fun/holly shit these environments look awesome perspective. The devs said early on before launch multiplayer would come later so the players don’t feel cheated with a “unfinished“ game. DAMN I CANT WAIT FOR COOP/DEATHMATCH/BATTLEROYAL!

          • reply
            November 15, 2018 8:01 AM

            Two things:

            A weapons wheel with tabs?
            Horse collision detection.

            Definitely not 10/10, but a fine game.

            • reply
              November 15, 2018 8:07 AM

              What's wrong with the horse collision detection? It collides into stuff just fine.

            • reply
              November 15, 2018 8:10 AM

              Warts man. The game is perfect but has warts, and these warts make for funny stories I'll be telling my grandchildren.

            • reply
              November 15, 2018 9:09 AM

              Neither of those things seem like issues to me.

        • reply
          November 15, 2018 3:54 AM

          When they added the multiplayer to GTAV it subtracted points in my book. I haven't seen a worse implementation of multiplayer since the days of TCP/IP.

        • reply
          November 15, 2018 4:09 AM

          Wnile I don't think it's a 10/10 game to begin with, this is a weird way of looking at it. Are you saying that a game can't be 10/10 without MP anymore? Or does that apply only if you know that MP is coming?

          If you are talking in terms of giving a accurate and comprehensive review, I think it's enough that the review mentions that MP is coming and that it will be judged when that's possible. Nobody is buying the game right now for the MP, because it doesn't have it yet, so I think it's fair to assess what is there and score based on that.

          • reply
            November 15, 2018 7:58 AM

            Single player only games can definitely be great. I just think it is lame for a game that has been delayed multiple times to ship without multiplayer. RDR1 shipped with multiplayer.

            • reply
              November 15, 2018 9:08 AM

              Doom 2016 shipped with multiplayer and it was garbage. The game's quality is in the single player in both cases. The multiplayer is irrelevant.

      • reply
        November 14, 2018 4:49 PM

        Rdr2 battle Royale? Hmmmmmmm

    • reply
      November 15, 2018 9:10 AM

      I'm guessing I need PS Plus for this?

      If so, I'm gonna pass.

Hello, Meet Lola