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Red Dead Online Gets The Battle Royale Treatment In New Gun Rush Mode

Strap up, beta testers. Rockstar Games has just dropped more stuff for you to try out on Red Dead Online.

The latest edition of the beta sees the introduction of a new gameplay mode: “Gun Rush“.

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According to the Rockstar website, players will “where you’ll put your survival instincts to the test, gathering weapons and ammunition while the play area shrinks in this new mode for up to 32 players.” If you’re familiar with the chaos of Fortnite and PUBG, you’ll find this new mode satisfyingly familiar.

Gun Rush comes in two variants – Free-for-all and Team, and in both instances, the last person – or team – standing wins.

Several more updates include:

  • Daily Challenges: Tackle new challenges each day covering every aspect of the game, from sharpshooting to evading the law.
  • Law and Bounty Upgrades: Some changes are coming to the way the Law and Bounty systems work in Red Dead Online to reduce the enticements for griefing. Soon, players will get a bounty for committing crimes and will be incentivized to pay them off within an allotted time. Wait too long and bounty hunters from each of the states will track the player forcing them to either pay up or escape.
  • Parley Changes: We’re making the Parley system easier to trigger so that you can avoid aggressive players more quickly. In addition, it will be easier to trigger Feuds, Posse Feuds and Leader Feuds to take on attacking players in structured competition.
  • Proximity-Based Player Blips: Player location blips will soon appear only over short distances, reducing the range at which you are visible to others, decreasing the likelihood of being targeted by another player across large areas. Down the line, we’re also looking to introduce the ability to identify players who grief and kill indiscriminately with a progressively darkening blip that becomes more visible and at a longer range, so everyone in a session can identify potentially dangerous opponents at a glance and from a safe distance.
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In addition, Xbox One players will exclusively be able to outfit their characters with the new Red Chestnut Arabian Horse, Alligator Skin Ranch Cutter Saddle and the High Roller Double-Action Revolver.

The online multiplayer mode for Red Dead Redemption 2 came out on consoles back in November. Originally available to owners of the Limited Edition of the game, Rockstar eventually made the beta available to more owners of the regular copies of RDR2 over the next few weeks.

In it, players could create and customise their own characters, go out on missions either together or solo, engage in gang shootouts, treasure hunts, and so on. The format is similar to that in GTA Online.

Being a beta, however, the main focus is for Rockstar to get feedback and sample data from the players. The beta is currently underway still, and won’t end for another couple months later this year.

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Coming soon to the Red Dead Online beta will be new clothing, emotes, new Races and Showdown Modes.


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