UPDATE: Red Dead Redemption 2 Online multiplayer beta is available to pre-load ahead of the full release.
And the good news for fans is that the multiplayer beta weighs in at a manageable 5.5GB on PS4 and Xbox One.
This means you should be able to download Red Dead 2 Online before the 1.30pm GMT start time.
ORIGINAL: The Red Dead Redemption 2 Online beta is about to begin on PS4 and Xbox One.
The countdown has well and truly begun for the Red Dead Redemption 2 Online beta, which has a November 27 release date.
The Red Dead 2 multiplayer beta has an 8.30am EST start time, which means UK players can start playing at 1.30pm GMT.
Unfortunately, however, beta access will initially only be available to Red Dead Redemption 2: Ultimate Edition owners.
If you purchased a digital version of the Ultimate Edition, then beta access is automatic.
Anybody with a physical edition must redeem the code within the packaging to be eligible for the beta.
You can redeem codes by visiting the PSN or Xbox Store, either online or through the console.
If you didn’t purchase the Ultimate Edition then you face a slightly longer wait for access to Red Dead 2 Online.
“Now that everyone has had a chance over the past month to experience the story of Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang in Red Dead Redemption 2, it is almost time to begin the beta period for Red Dead Online,” reads a Rockstar post.
“Early access to the Red Dead Online beta begins tomorrow on Tuesday, November 27, working up to full public access on Friday, November 30.”
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If you played Red Dead Redemption 2 on the October 26 launch day – according to Rockstar’s data – then you’ll be able to play the beta on November 28.
Players who booted up the game between October 26 and October 29 will gain access on November 29, followed by all remaining players on November 30.
“When booting up Red Dead Redemption 2 and arriving to the title menu, you will see an option in the top right of the screen to select Online,” Rockstar explains.
Red Dead 2 Online is said to have been built from the ground up for the latest hardware, and will combine the multiplayer from the original Red Dead with everything Rockstar has learnt from GTA Online.
“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,” Rockstar continues.
“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.”
Players will be able to explore the world solo or with friends, forming a posse with up to seven players to take on rival gangs, hunt for treasure, perform missions and more.
Rockstar does warn of potential server issues, so keep that in mind during the opening week.