Red Dead Redemption 2 launches at 7 a.m. Thursday – here’s the lowdown


I gotta say, I’ve ordered some extra popcorn for this week, just in anticipation of watching Fallout 76 and Red Dead Redemption 2 clobber each other. But here we are, with F76’s beta beginning today – and RDR2 putting down roots on Thursday when the launch kicks off.

Rockstar has a big “what to expect when you’re expecting to play hooky for this game” guide out ahead of the showdown. You’re gonna wanna make sure your console is all patched up now in anticipation of the day-one patch – yes, remember, this game isn’t officially slated for PC just yet, wink wink nudge nudge and all that. Then be aware that Rockstar has given the go-ahead for streaming as of the game’s first midnight launch – in Australia and New Zealand – which actually translates to 7 a.m. EDT on Thursday here in the MOP offices.

Also worth noting is that Rockstar says it’ll launch the Red Dead Redemption 2 Official Companion App on iOS and Android as well. More MMO-minded players, we’ll be waiting a bit longer for our bit:

“Get ready for the launch of the Red Dead Online beta coming in November. As we announced previously, Red Dead Online is a new online connected experience set against the backdrop of Red Dead Redemption 2’s enormous open world. As with most online experiences of this size and scale, there will inevitably be some turbulence at launch and 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. Access to Red Dead Online is free to anyone with a copy of Red Dead Redemption 2 on either PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.”

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