It's the news us cowboys and cowgirls have been waiting for: Red Dead Online starts this week, and it's ready to transform Red Dead Redemption 2, say its makers, "into a new, living online world ready to be shared by multiple players."
As confirmed by Rockstar Games [via Variety], Red Dead 2's dedicated multiplayer mode rolls out on Tuesday 27 November - but initially only for those who purchased the Ultimate Edition. Don't worry if you didn't, though; players who jumped into the Wild West on launch day (26 October) can enjoy Online from Wednesday 28 November.
And to be more awkward, if you first explored Red Dead 2 within its first three days of release, you can play Online on Thursday. And finally, for everyone else (probably those waiting for a Black Friday sale), you can enjoy the multiplayer on Friday. Well, I'm glad that's over. You can see all the times below:
And remember: this is just the BETA phase, so you're not really missing out on much if you bought the game a tad late. If anything, you'll save yourself from bumping into the odd bug and glitch, or two. And yes, Rockstar will be looking to its "dedicated and amazing community to help us report and fix problems, share ideas, and assist in shaping the future of the full Online experience."
Also, Red Dead Online is free, similar to Grand Theft Auto V's immensely popular GTA Online mode, so being behind a few days matters even less. That doesn't mean your wallet is saved, however, as there'll probably be in-game purchases - like Shark Cards, but more horse-y.
Rockstar hasn't confirmed how microstransactions will work in Red Dead Online yet - to be honest, they've not revealed that much about the mode in general - but more details are set to be announced on Tuesday, as the first wave of BETA players jump into the multiplayer.
But in the meantime, enjoy a brief description of what Red Dead Online has to offer, from Rockstar Games itself:
Create and customise your character, tailor your abilities to suit your play style and head out into a new frontier full of things to experience.
Explore this huge world solo or with friends. 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.
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.
What do you think about this news? Are you looking forward to Red Dead Online? Will it be better than GTA Online? Make sure you let us know.
Featured Image Credit: Rockstar Games