Red Dead Online is the multiplayer component of Red Dead Redemption 2 - akin to what GTA Online was to Grand Theft Auto 5.
Developer Rockstar Games is also employing a similar rollout, launching Red Dead Online after the main game releases as a Red Dead Online beta.
Details are few and far between, but we have a release month and some basics on what the Red Dead Online mode will be.
Red Dead Online beta date and how beta access will work
Though we don't have a specific date, we know the broad Red Dead Online beta date will be in November 2018 - that's in the month following the main Red Dead Redemption 2 release date in October.
When it comes to Red Dead Online beta access, you'll need to have a copy of the main game Red Dead Redemption 2. That and the full Red Dead Online experience is free to owners of the game.
It will also launch initially as a public beta - which means everyone should have equal access.
What else do we know about Red Dead Online?
There's not a great deal to go on right now, but where's what else we know about Red Dead Online:
- Red Dead Online has been described by Rockstar Games as "a new online connected experience set against the backdrop of Red Dead Redemption 2's enormous open world" - which means you can expect the same world and settings as the main game.
- Rockstar has said to anticipate some initial issues at launch - it is a beta, after all: "As with most online experiences of this size and scale, there will inevitably be some turbulence at launch," it said. "We look forward to working with our amazing and dedicated community to share ideas, help us fix teething problems and work with us to develop Red Dead Online into something really fun and innovative."
- When it comes to a updates, Rockstar told IGN it plans to use the "best elements and best content packs from Grand Theft Auto Online" as a template. Heists were used as an example - not in terms of content, but "how they combined narrative, gameplay, modes and other content into a cohesive thematic whole". So expect something like that in the months after launch.
- Unlike the original Red Dead Redemption multiplayer updates that "fractured the audience", Red Dead Online will keep every player intact with every update - a key learning from GTA Online, Rockstar Games told IGN.
- We've previously seen a tease of what might be included in Red Dead Online as part of an Ultimate Edition, which includes 'Bonus outfits and free Survivor Camp Theme', 'Rank Bonuses', 'Black Chestnut Thoroughbred' and 'free access to additional weapons'.
That's it for now - we imagine we'll hear more in the weeks following the full Red Dead Redemption 2 release.