The beta for “Red Dead Online,” the online multiplayer segment of “Red Dead Redemption 2,” goes live in waves this week depending upon which version of the game you purchased.
The beta is designed to be the beginning of the online service which will combine narrative elements with both cooperative and competitive gameplay options. Developers hope it will allow players to keep their progress in the game as they continue to improve and iterate on it. No word as yet when it will shift from an open beta to a final version. Rockstar Games says in a statement:
“The launch of the Red Dead Online Beta is the first step in what will be a continually expanding and dynamic world, and the beta period will allow us to deal with the inevitable turbulence of launching any online experience of this size and scale. During this process, we will be looking to our dedicated and amazing community to help us report and fix problems, share ideas, and assist in shaping the future of the full Online experience. As with all of our releases, we will strive to make the launch of Red Dead Online the best it can possibly be, and we ask that the community share that spirit with us over the next weeks and months.”
“Red Dead Online” will continue to receive updates throughout its life cycle as it relies on the base “Red Dead Redemption 2″ to exist as its foundation. With the entire map of the first “Red Dead Redemption” having been found in the game, its expected this be a large open world able to provide RockStar with revenue for years to come in the same way “GTA Online” currently does based off the back of the success of “Grand Theft Auto V”.
Rockstar says it will have more details on Tuesday about the modes and gameplay of the title.