'Red Dead Online' Gets Battle Royale Mode

Gun Rush pits up to 32 players against each other, to test their skills, until only one remains.
Rockstar Games

Rockstar introduced the latest game mode for the Red Dead Online Beta (the online multiplayer version of the studio's Western blockbuster, Red Dead Redemption 2) on Thursday morning: Gun Rush.

The new mode is essentially Red Dead's version of the popular battle royale multiplayer experience seen in games like Fortnite and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, where a large number of players square off against one another on an ever-shrinking map. Red Dead Online's version of the contest allows up to 32 players to test their skills by gathering weapons and ammunition to fend each other off until only one remains. The mode features both free-for-all and team variations.

Rockstar also promised updates including new race and showdown modes to come in the future, as well as new clothing and emote options. A number of changes are also being made to existing features in the online beta based on player feedback, including updates to the law and bounty system (players will get a bounty for committing crimes and will be incentivized to pay them off within an allotted period of time), changes to how other players are identified on the map (the range of which players are visible to others will shrink), a promised update to show players who attack others by darkening their icons and a change to the parley system that makes it easier to avoid aggressive players and trigger feuds to take on opposing players in structured competition.

New missions with previously established characters like Horley and Jessica LeClerk are also on their way, while Xbox One players can now access in-game commodities like the Red Chestnut Arabian Horse, the Alligator Skin Ranch Cutter Saddle and the High Roller Double-Action Revolver.