Rockstar have rolled out the 1.03 update for Red Dead Redemption 2 and although the patch notes are pretty light on actual in-game additions, it has added support for Red Dead Online beta, which is available to all players as of today.
Rockstar timed Red Dead Online beta so as to prioritise players who bought the game on day one, a small token of appreciation for the trust they've shown we guess. These players have had access to Red Dead Redemption 2's online multiplayer since 28 November 2018 but the gates are being flung open for all today.
Of course, you're unlikely to have missed anything, since the first days were reserved for stress testing Red Dead Online's server infrastructure. This is why Rockstar opted for gradual introduction of players, so as to test the worst-case scenarios before the world and their cowboy mutt hopped aboard.
"This will help ensure that our servers can handle a steadily growing volume of concurrent players in the early hours and first days of the Beta and hopefully reduce the likelihood of any server crashes during the launch week as we get things up and running”, the company wrote.
That being said, Rockstar's test drive of Red Dead Redemption 2's online component went well for the most part, albeit with a few minor hitches for Xbox One players. From what we've gathered, they have since been resolved though.
The company reminded players that the Red Dead Online experience is an ever-evolving affair that will be constantly iterated upon by the developer. So grab yourself a friend and go killing. Or fishing, we guess that will work too.
Red Dead Online's launch means that "you can ride with friends in a Posse, set up your Camp, embark on cooperative story-based missions or go head-to-head in competitive series, find strangers throughout the world to help (or hurt), tackle spontaneous Free Roam challenges, go hunting, fishing, bond with your horse, explore with friends or on your own (but look out for ambushes), and much more."
You can find the official Red Dead Online announcement here.