Red Dead Online's first beta test is officially kicking off this week

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Red Dead Online will next open up to launch day buyers on Wednesday, Nov. 28, then on Thursday the multiplayer mode beta will open to anyone who played the game between October 26 and October 29. Red Dead Online is in beta form as Rockstar Games plans on continuing to update and fully flesh-out the mode. It's free to play.

The original Red Dead Redemption game had a brilliant online counterpart; money was not a part of the universe, and players could freely roam across the original game world, doing as they please with weapons that are unlocked as the player levels up, similar to Grand Theft Auto IV's online model. To be fair, it's not a model where you have to pay to make any meaningful advancement, but there's enough tempting stuff where the online currency might be worth it. But now said achievements are at 0.01% percent, which doesn't just confirm that people are playing the beta live, but also perhaps eludes to the fact that Rockstar Games is getting ready to roll the sucker out. In Red Dead Online, you'll be able to posse up in bands of up to eight players, while activities include fishing, hunting, duelling with rival gangs and fighting "spontaneous skirmishes and pitched set-piece battles". Access begins on each day at the following times: 8:30am EST / 5:30am PT / 1:30pm United Kingdom / 2:30pm Europe.

Specifically, Ultimate Edition owners will get access to Red Dead Online Beta today, 27 November 2018.

Anyone who played Red Dead 2 on launch day (October 26). On Wednesday, it will open up to anyone who played the game when it launched on 26th October, and the following day it will be available for anyone who played the game between 26th and 29th October.

And then finally everyone else can join in on Friday, November 30. We are going to let you know how many players there are in a session.

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When it comes to modes, there will be specific versus and competitive modes although there's not been any details on the rumoured battle royale mode.