There are two kinds of multiplayer events - official Rockstar Social Club events and occasional multiple XP sessions. Each of these event types is described in more detail below, in the sections following the calendar. In addition to the events listed here, Rockstar developers also jump online periodically and invite players to join them for an impromptu session. These sessions aren't covered here since they generally only last an hour and aren't announced in advance.
Future Event Calendar
All times listed here are U.S. Eastern time, which is the time zone used in Rockstar's announcements. To convert to your local time, please see the Time Zone Converter section, below. Since the surprise Triple XP sessions are announced with little advanced notice, please see the Past Events Calendar in a later section for a general idea of when they may be expected to occur.
|Date||Times (Eastern)||Event Type||Notes|
|September 23, 2011 (Friday)||16:00 - 19:00||Social Club Event (XBL)||Focused on Myths and Mavericks|
|October 14, 2011 (Friday)||16:00 - 19:00||Social Club Event (PSN)||In honor of the Game of the Year release|
Prize: Custom PS3 controllers
|November 3, 2011 (Thursday)||16:00 - 19:00||Social Club Event (XBL)||In honor of the Game of the Year release|
Prize: Custom 360 controllers
|November 18, 2011 (Friday)||16:00 - 19:00||Social Club Event (PSN)|
|December 15, 2011 (Thursday)||17:00 - 20:00||Social Club Event (XBL)|
Time Zone Converter
For those outside of the Eastern time zone, the following map may help convert to local time (click to enlarge the thumbnail). Eastern Time is zone "R" (-5). Remember to take the International Date Line and Daylight Savings Time into account when converting, if applicable. For official Social Club events, Rockstar also includes a countdown timer on the event page to help determine the start time.
Social Club Events
Generally twice a month, Rockstar hosts three-hour multiplayer events for some of their games. The events are centered around the Social Club Multiplayer Events page. During the event, this page provides live video of the session (also archived for later viewing), live chat, and a contest entry form. Although the events sometimes feature other Rockstar games (e.g. GTA IV and Midnight Club), Red Dead Redemption has been the primary focus so far in 2011. Sessions alternate between Xbox LIVE (XBL) and Playstation Network (PSN).
During the events, several Rockstar developers are online, leading the sessions (giving an opportunity to earn the Red Dead Rockstar trophy/achievement). In 2011, Rockstar started adding Triple XP to these sessions as well, meaning that XP for all game modes is earned at three times the normal level. Triple XP is activated for both platforms, regardless of which one is featured in the session.
To participate in the official session, review the rules on the Social Club Multiplayer Events page. Generally a friend request must be sent to the appropriate Rockstar account (e.g. RedDeadDev3) and the player must be online, in a posse of at least two players, so that the whole posse can be invited at once. Due to the number of participants, not everyone will receive an invite.
The Social Club Multiplayer Event calendar is announced quarterly. Known future events are listed above and are taken from the latest calendar announcement.
Multiple XP Sessions
In February 2011, Rockstar announced that they would occasionally hold "surprise" Triple XP sessions during which XP for all game modes is earned at three times the normal level. Since that time, these sessions have occurred as often as once or twice a week. The majority of sessions have taken place during early to late evening, U.S. Eastern Time, though some sessions have also been targeted towards evening hours in Europe and Australia.
Because they are "surprise" sessions, they are not announced far in advance. Generally only a few hours notice is given (though sometimes hints are dropped a day or two in advance). Announcements are made via Rockstar's Twitter and Facebook accounts. Although events will be added to the calendar, above, when possible, it is best to follow the Twitter or Facebook feeds due to the short lead time.
When Triple XP is activated, a message indicating that fact will appear upon first starting a multiplayer session. Upon performing any XP-earning activity, the tripled value will be awarded, but there will be no additional indication that the value was tripled (in other words, if a challenge worth 50 XP is completed, the screen will display "150 XP" not "50 XP x 3" or "150 XP (tripled)" or similar).
If the Triple XP message does not appear upon starting a session or if a session was already ongoing when the Triple XP started, the player must quit, turn off their console, and then start a new session in order for the Triple XP to register. Note that the sessions have been observed to start a little earlier and end a little later than the scheduled times, so testing in advance can be beneficial.
Some longer duration multiple XP events take place occasionally as well. In 2010, some Double XP weeks and weekends were held. In 2011, the first such event was a Quadruple XP event held from July 1 - July 4.
Past Event Calendar
Past events are listed here as a historical reference
|Date||Times (Eastern)||Event Type||Notes|
|August 26, 2011 (Friday)||16:00 - 19:00||Social Club Event (PSN)|
|August 12 - August 14, 2011||All day||Triple XP weekend|
|August 4, 2011 (Thursday)||17:00 - 20:00||Social Club Event (XBL)||Extended Triple XP all night. Contest prize: Custom Xbox controllers|
|July 28, 2011 (Thursday)||16:00 - 24:00||Triple XP session|
|July 22, 2011 (Friday)||16:00 - 19:00||Social Club Event (PSN)||Extended Triple XP all night|
|July 15, 2011 (Friday)||16:00 - 19:00||Triple XP session|
|July 1 - July 4, 2011||All day||Quadruple XP weekend||First ever quadruple XP|
|June 24, 2011 (Friday)||16:00 - 19:00||Social Club Event (PSN)||Contest prize: Custom Dual Shock controllers|
|June 8, 2011 (Wednesday)||16:00 - 18:00||Triple XP session|
|May 26, 2011 (Thursday)||16:00 - 19:00||Social Club Event (PSN)||Originally XBL, swapped due to PSN outage|
|May 11, 2011 (Wednesday)||16:00 - 18:00||Triple XP session||XBL only due to PSN outage|
|May 6, 2011 (Friday)||16:00 - 19:00||Social Club Event (XBL)||Originally PSN, swapped due to PSN outage|
|May 2, 2011 (Monday)||17:00 - 19:00||Triple XP session||XBL only due to PSN outage|
|April 21, 2011 (Thursday)||22:00 - 24:00||Triple XP session||XBL only due to PSN outage|
|April 15, 2011 (Friday)||16:00 - 19:00||Social Club Event (XBL)|
|April 12, 2011 (Tuesday)||16:00 - 18:00||Triple XP session|
|April 3, 2011 (Sunday)||06:00 - 08:00||Triple XP session||Targeted at Australian audience|
|March 31, 2011 (Thursday)||17:00 - 20:00||Social Club Event (PSN)|
|March 26, 2011 (Saturday)||13:00 - 15:00||Triple XP session|
|March 22, 2011 (Tuesday)||15:00 - 17:00||Triple XP session|
|March 16, 2011 (Wednesday)||17:00 - 19:00||Triple XP session|
This list covers items unrelated to multiplayer events, such as DLC releases.
|September 13, 2011||DLC Release||Myths and Mavericks DLC release.|
|September 12, 2011||Patch||Title Update 1.07 release.|
|April 12, 2011||DLC Release||Deadly Assassin Outfit, Golden Guns Weapon Pack, and War Horse DLC released|
|March 22, 2011||DLC Release||RDR PSN Avatars released|