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Rockstar’s Red Dead Online beta will start at the end of November

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With everyone still spending plenty of time robbing, stealing, and running horses off cliffs in Red Dead Redemption 2, it’s easy to forget that Rockstar has an online component planned for the title, as well.

Referred to as Red Dead Online, the mode will feature the same map as found in the single-player experience and will have plenty of cooperative things for players to do, as well as competitive elements. With how clunky the shooting can be in the title, it will be interesting to see how that plays out with players not having the option for RDR 2’s extremely helpful Dead Eye shooting assist.

In an earnings call this week, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick noted that the new mode “will launch in public beta towards the end of the month – Rockstar will have a lot more to say about it”.

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While that isn’t a definitive date, it does help narrow it down quite a bit. Developers, in an interview with IGN, also noted that it would be a growing mode and that the developers would take note of what players like and dislike to continue to refine the game mode.

Other reports note that data miners have found things that note a “parley” feature, which could be a guaranteed way to meet with other real players without bloodshed and various competitive game types like deathmatch, a horse racing mode, and something called “Survival.” Red Dead Royale, anyone?

Personally, I’m excited to see what can be done with a living, online world set in the universe of Red Dead Redemption. I was thoroughly unimpressed with Grand Theft Auto Online, but the slower, methodical nature of Red Dead is definitely an interesting concept.

Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 is available for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

What do you think about Red Dead Online? Will you try it out? Let us know in the comments.

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