The beta for Red Dead Redemption 2’s online mode – fittingly titled, Red Dead Online – launches today for those that purchased the Ultimate Edition of the game. For those that cannot yet access the online features, hopefully some leaked news regarding its game modes will suffice.
According to Twitter user illogicalmods, Red Dead Online will feature – you guessed it – a battle royale mode, pitting players against one another until only one is left standing on a map with a perimeter that shrinks over time.
The game mode, called “Make It Count,’ will reportedly allow up to 32-players to battle it out using weapons such as bows and throwing knives. Apparently, more powerful weapons, such as rifles, will not be included (yet, at least). The weapons available to players will also be determined by the map selection, which will reportedly include the areas of Strawberry, Stillwater Creek, Saint Denis Plantation, and Tall Trees.
News of a battle royale mode in Red Dead Online comes as no real surprise, considering the online-only mode is one of gaming’s hottest trends right now. Couple that with one of 2018’s most-popular games, and it will likely lead to a match made in heaven for both players and Rockstar.
Take, for instance, the example of recently released Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. The game has already beat out last year’s Call of Duty releases of Call of Duty: WWII and Black Ops III, in terms of its sales across all platforms, which is more than likely due to the fact that Black Ops 4 includes its “Blackout” battle royale mode. The oft-criticized game with its annual releases clearly got a positive player increase from the inclusion of the new game mode.
The addition of a battle royale mode to red Dead Online is a no-brainer. It will be interesting to see how players respond to the mode’s lack of weapons, although the limited selction certainly makes sense considering Red Dead Redemption 2’s commitment to portraying the old west realistically.
Starting tomorrow, Red Dead Online's beta will be accessible to anyone who played the game on its launch day ( October 26th). The beta will then open up to anyone who played during the game’s launch weekend (October 26th – 29th), with full access arriving to all players on Friday, November 30th.
Stay tuned to The Gamer for our review of Red Dead Online in the coming weeks.