It’s only been live for a number of hours but already Rockstar are having to remind people that the Red Dead Online beta is just that – a beta.
Thousands of eager players will be roaming the Wild West as their outlaw counterparts this week engaging in a whole host of jolly cooperation and competition in the game of the year contender’s online component, but they shouldn’t get too attached to that just yet.
Rockstar did point out that progress made in the beta may not be carried over into the final version of the game, though they do hope that it will be possible.
On the subject, the beta launch notes released on November 27th say:
We hope that all player progress during this early period of the Beta will be able to remain intact long term, however as with many betas for large scale online experiences such as this, there is always the chance that we may need to implement rank or other stat resets in case of issues.
The whole point of the beta is so Rockstar can make sure the framework is in place for when the full fat version of the game comes out.
They spend this time ironing out bugs, balancing gameplay and generally making sure everything is running smoothly.
With that in mind, you’re probably best spending your time in the West just messing about with your mates and trying to find daft glitches etc.
Rockstar will thank you in the long run and you won’t have the whole experience wasted on you when it does come out.
Best of both worlds, right?