When will Red Dead Online launch? What is the release date for Red Dead 2 online? Can you play Red Dead Redemption 2 online? These are questions you may have about Rockstar’s epic Western right now. Fortunately we can bring you answers about RDR2’s online play options, so read on and be sure to drop us a comment if you need additional information.

Can You Play Red Dead Redemption 2 Online?

No, as of the time of publication you can’t play Red Dead Redemption 2 online. Rockstar has only released the single player portion of the game, so it’s an entirely offline experience for the time being. However, a multiplayer mode named Red Dead Online will be added to the game as a public beta in November 2018, so stay tuned for more news on that.

When Will Red Dead Online Launch?

Rockstar’s said that Red Dead Online will release as a public beta in November 2018. It's since clarified that you should expect the public beta towards the end of the month. This means that you’ll be able to play the multiplayer mode in its entirety, but the publisher has warned that there will be “turbulence” at launch. In other words it’s expecting bugs and server issues and will probably require patches.

Will Red Dead Online Be Free?

If you own Red Dead Redemption 2, then you’ll own Red Dead Online when it launches. A patch will be released for Red Dead Redemption 2 adding the public beta for the current game. It’s completely free, and you’ll simply need to ensure that your game is up to date in order to play it.

What Is Red Dead Online?

Rockstar, as is often the case, is being quite secretive about Red Dead Online. We can probably expect a mode similar to Grand Theft Auto Online, allowing players to team up and take on missions together, or compete for big rewards. The publisher describes it as “a new online connected experience set against the backdrop of the Western’s enormous open world” which will blend “narrative with competitive and co-operative gameplay”.