Red Dead Online beta dates, how to play, and more

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We now have a little more confirmation as to when the Red Dead Online beta will occur this month, straight from the big boys at Take-Two. Now that people are starting to finish the single-play campaign, the Red DeadOnline beta is the next big thing for virtual cowpokes to look forward to now that Red Dead Redemption 2 is in our outlaw hands. If Red Dead Online turns out to have even half the success and staying power of GTA Online, this will be the start of something very big. Don't wait until the first day of the beta for answers to your questions - find out everything we know about the beta right now.

When will the Red Dead Online beta start?

Originally Rockstar stated that the Red Dead Online beta would start at some point in November, but we've now had a touch more clarity on when exactly that will be, which is very useful seeing as we're now actually in November. 

During an earnings call, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick explained that it will "launch in public beta towards the end of the month - Rockstar will have a lot more to say about it". 

Zelnick didn't offer any more details on specific timings, but you can bet your last oatcake that Rockstar is on the edge of revealing more details very, very soon. At least you've got more time to finish the single-player eh?

Rockstar may want to start the beta in time for Thanksgiving in the US, when many players are likely to have extra time off to play. 

What platforms will the Red Dead Online beta be on?

The Red Dead Online beta will be playable on both PS4 and Xbox One, very likely at the same time. However, Sony has confirmed that PS4 players will get access to certain content 30 days before Xbox One players, and that will likely apply to content in the beta too. No PC versions of Red Dead Redemption 2 or Red Dead Online have been announced, but that doesn't mean they won't happen eventually.

How can I get in the Red Dead Online beta?

Buy a copy of Red Dead Redemption 2 and wait! Well, you'll also need an internet-connected console that you can use to play online multiplayer games. Access to Red Dead Online will be included with every copy of Red Dead Redemption 2 and that goes for the beta as well. No need to sign up on any lists or pre-order anything, Red Dead Online will come to you.

What will the Red Dead Online beta include?

Rockstar hasn't officially said anything about what content the Red Dead Online beta will include. We know the full game will take place in the same open world as Red Dead Redemption 2, and that it will use many of the same basic mechanics like horse riding and gunfighting. How much of that will be accessible in the beta version is unclear. We do know that there will probably be some glitches and annoying server issues because beta.

When will the Red Dead Online beta end?

The Red Dead Online beta has no announced end date. Rockstar may launch the full version in November too, or it may keep "testing" into 2019 and beyond as it adds more and more content to the beta.

Will my progress in the Red Dead Online beta carry over to the full game?

There's no official word on whether your progression will persist between the beta version of Red Dead Online and the full version (whenever the full version arrives). It seems very likely though, especially because Red Dead Redemption 2 microtransactions will probably go live as soon as Red Dead Online does. If Rockstar is going to let players spend money on their characters, it would be a big faux pas to then take those characters away.

Check out our Red Dead Redemption 2 tips to get the most out of the single-player game - chances are most of them will apply to Online too.