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Red Dead Online Beta Saddlin’ Up This Week

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A major part of Red Dead Redemption 2 is the multiplayer component, called Red Dead Online. Like Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar Games had delayed the multiplayer until about a month after launch. Now we know the details of how the beta will roll out this week.

This week Red Dead Online will first be available in beta form to those who purchased the Ultimate Edition of Red Dead Redemption 2 on Tuesday, November 27, at 8:30 am Eastern/11:30 am Pacific.

On Wednesday, Nov. 28, the beta will open up to everyone who played Red Dead Redemption 2 on launch day (Oct. 26). After that, anyone who played within the first three days of release (through Oct. 29) can join in beginning on Thursday, Nov. 29.

The beta will fully open to everyone who owns Red Dead Redemption 2 on Friday, Nov. 30.

This staggered roll out allows Rockstar to steadily increase the server load over the week, though if history is any indication, expect large server woes to accompany your multiplayer cowboy sojourns. As per the official online beta description, “As with most online experiences of this size and scale, there will inevitably be some turbulence at launch. 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.”

Red Dead Online is freely available to anyone who owns Red Dead Redemption 2 – though you’ll still need either PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold to play online.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is available now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It’s rated M for Mature.

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God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2 Top The Game Awards Nominations

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The Game Awards has revealed the list of nominees in each of the 22 categories for 2018. God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2 lead the pack with an astounding eight nominations each. In total over 100 games and people have been nominated. The Game Awards will air on December 6 in Los Angeles, CA, and streamed live online.

Rockstar Games doesn’t release many games, but when they do, they tend to make a bit of a splash in the industry. In addition to Game of the Year Red Dead Redemption 2 is up for Best Action/Adventure, Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, Best Art Direction, Best Score/Music, Best Audio Design, and Best Performance for Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan.

God of War was an incredibly successful sequel to the long-running franchise. It features an older Kratos shepherding his son through a world of Norse mythology. It’s up for all of the exact same categories, with the Best Performance nod to Christopher Judge as Kratos.

The Game of the Year category has been expanded to six games (previously five). Celesete, Spider-Man, Monster Hunter: World, and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey make up the other games.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild won the Game of the Year award at last year’s The Game Awards.

Anyone can vote for their favorite games in each category, once every 24 hours. We’ve listed some of the big categories below.

Game of the Year

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyseey
  • Celeste
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Action Game

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Dead Cells
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Far Cry 5
  • Mega Man 11

Best Action-Adventure Game

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyseey
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider

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Best Ongoing Game

  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Fortnite
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Overwatch
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Best Family Game

  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Nintendo Labo
  • Overcooked 2
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas
  • Super Mario Party

Best Independent Game

  • Celeste
  • Dead Cells
  • Into the Breach
  • Return of the Obra Dinn
  • The Messenger

Winners will be announced during the live show on Dec. 6.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Delayed Again, Coming October

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Today Rockstar Games have announced that Red Dead Redemption 2 has been delayed once again. This time however they’re providing a firm release date: October 26. It’s set to launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

“We apologize to everyone disappointed by this delay,” states the brief post by Rockstar Games. “While we had hoped to have the game out sooner, we require a little extra time for polish. We sincerely thank you for your patience and hope that when you get to play the game, you will agree the wait will have been worth it.”

The bad news comes with a spoonful of sugar in the form of several new screenshots. You can check them out here.

This marks the second time the highly anticipated sequel has been delayed. When Red Dead Redemption 2 was initially announced in late 2016, it was given a Fall 2017 release date. It was then pushed back to Spring 2018, and now finally to Fall 2018. If you guessed ‘two years’ from the time of the original announcement, congratulations you won the release window lottery.

Red Dead Redemption 2 promises to be a massive game. It’s a prequel to 2010’s Red Dead Redemption, which was basically Grand Theft Auto set during the sunset years of the Old West. Red Dead featured some of Rockstar’s best writing and world building. It’s largely considered one of the greatest games of the last generation. It also set the multiplayer stage for what eventually became Grand Theft Auto V’s online mode, Grad Theft Auto Online.

October is among the busiest release window for major game releases. And it doesn’t get much bigger than a Rockstar game. Grand Theft Auto V has become one of the best selling video games of all time, nearing the astonishing 100 million mark. Red Dead Redemption has sold only a fraction as much (still putting it at 15 million), but it was also never ported to PC, nor given any kind of HD remaster treatment.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is set to launch October 26 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It will most likely follow other Rockstar Games with an M rating.