Here's how Red Dead Online character creation works, and every way you can customise your cowboy

Red Dead Online has been live since December of last year, and players all around the world have been able to get their hands on the multiplayer portion for Rockstar's cowboy epic for some time. If you haven't taken the plunge yet though, we've got a firm grip on the still new mode, and we can show you exactly what the first few minutes of the game looks like when it comes to Red Dead Online character creation and customisation.

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Red Dead Online guide: Everything you need to know to succeed in Rockstar's online Wild West

As you can see, Rockstar's level of detail has not been forgotten in the jump to multiplayer, as players can tweak with anything, from the pitch of their character's horse whistle to the structure of their eye socket. We decided to put the tools to their limit, creating some sort of rabid, portly pensioner in the process. Perhaps this is what Gandalf looks like after one too many malt beers down at The Prancing Pony. 

Don't worry if you grow to hate your new Wild West avatar, though. You'll no doubt be able to change your character's appearance in-game throughout the world of Red Dead Online, whether visiting the tailors, barbers, or shaving station just as you would in the single player portion of Red Dead Redemption 2. 

We'll also have loads more Red Dead Online content to show you throughout the week, as everyone - regardless of when they bought the game - will be able to jump into the servers from Friday, November 30, onwards. 

Speaking of single player, check out our guide to the Red Dead Redemption 2 Legendary Animals, and catch 'em all to unlock every costume at the Trapper.