After many years in development, Rockstar finally unleashed Red Dead Redemption 2 on the world on October 26th. The Western adventure launched to critical acclaim and has quickly attracted over 17 million players, but the full experience has yet to arrive. In addition to the main campaign, Rockstar has just started rolling out the beta version of Red Dead Online, but it's not yet available to everyone.
So, when can you start playing? That depends on when and how you started playing. The online mode officially launched today, but it's currently only available to those who purchased the Ultimate Edition of the game. Fortunately, it won't be too long of a wait for everyone else. Anyone who played the game on October 26th, its launch date, will have access to the online mode tomorrow. If you bought the game in the three-day window after the initial launch date (October 27th - 29th), you'll be able to join the online beta the day after that. Finally, all players will be able to join in on the fun starting this Friday, November 30th.
Rockstar calls Red Dead Online "an evolution of the classic multiplayer experience in the original Red Dead Redemption, blending narrative with competitive and cooperative gameplay in fun new ways." They're also promising a constant flow of updates that will keep Red Dead Online an ever-evolving and improving experience.