Red Dead Online: Player Progress May Not be Permanent

Rockstar warns that your Red Dead Online character may not survive past the beta period.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Beta

Rockstar has shared new information about Red Dead Redemption 2‘s online mode

First off, Rockstar wants players to know that they’re not yet sure whether or not your progress in this beta is going to carry over to full version of Red Dead Online. They say that the goal is to retain players ranks, but the nature of the beta process may require them to modify the current ranking system and negate players progression in the process. Complicating this matter is the fact that Rockstar doesn’t know exactly how long the game’s beta will last. They warn it could go on for months. As such, we’d advise progressing with caution. 

We don’t know when Red Dead Online will end, but we do know when it will begin. It seems that Rockstar will be utilizing a staggered release system for the launch of the game’s online mode. This means that anyone who purchased the Ultimate Edition of Red Dead Redemption 2 will be able to access the beta starting on November 27 at about 8:30 AM EST. Anyone who played Red Dead Redemption 2 on launch day (October 26) will be able to access the beta starting on Wednesday, November 28 (no time specified). If you played during launch weekend, you’ll be able to start the beta on November 29. Finally, anyone else can join starting on November 30. 

It’s not entirely clear why Rockstar has decided to go with this staggered release system, but it might have something to do with them treating this beta like a pure beta. That means that they expect some “turbulence at launch” (according to a press release) and plan to work with the first group of players when it comes to perfecting the game as well as fixing any tech problems that might linger. In case you are wondering, you will be able to access Red Dead 2‘s online beta – and presumably the full mode – for free of charge as long as you own a copy of the game and meet the time requirements noted above. 

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What can you expect from Red Dead Redemption 2‘s online mode once the beta is live? Rockstar’s full release regarding the mode sheds a little light on that subject. 

“With the gameplay of Red Dead Redemption 2 as its foundation, Red Dead Online transforms the vast and deeply detailed landscapes, cities, towns, and habitats of Red Dead Redemption 2 into a new, living online world ready to be shared by multiple players. Create and customize your character, tailor your abilities to suit your play style, and head out into a new frontier full of things to experience…Form or join a posse to ride with up to seven players; gather around the fire at your camp; head out hunting or fishing; visit bustling towns; battle enemy gangs and attack their hideouts; hunt for treasure; take on missions and interact with familiar characters from across the five states; or fight against other outlaws in both spontaneous skirmishes and pitched set-piece battles; compete with other players or whole posses in open world challenges and much more.”

Based on that information, we’re led to believe that Red Dead 2‘s online mode is going to be similar to GTA V‘s online mode when it was first released. That is to say that it will likely utilize a kind of free-roam take on the concept where you and your friends will make your own fun as well as participate in a few arranged modes. However, this time around it sounds like there will be a much greater emphasis on forming your own gang and battling rival gangs across the online mode’s sizeable map. 

Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014