Red Dead 2 Online's New Update Adds Battle Royale "Gun Rush" Mode

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Rockstar Games has detailed a new update for Red Dead Online, the multiplayer component of Red Dead Redemption 2, and it includes what is, for all intents and purposes, a battle royale mode. As detailed on Rockstar's website, Gun Rush is described as a gameplay mode that will "put your survival instincts to the test." Players are tasked with gathering weapons and ammunition while the play area shrinks.

Obviously, as the play area shrinks, participants will be pushed closer together and forced to take each other out, with one player ultimately emerging as the victorious sole survivor. Gun Rush is available for up to 32 players, and can be played in free-for-all and team variations.

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The Rockstar website goes on to reveal that Red Dead Online will stay in beta form "for a few more months" as its developer has "many more new gameplay features to add across the board as well as further changes to improve, stabilize and refine the overall experience." You can read about some of the new additions on their way to Red Dead Online here.

Red Dead Redemption 2 was awarded GameSpot's Game of the Year for 2018. Writing about the game, senior reviews editor Kallie Plagge said, "It's hard to shake the kind of connection you develop with Red Dead Redemption 2's world and characters. It's a game that can try your patience, for sure, but it simply wouldn't be the same if it didn't. It's an unforgettable experience that challenges your expectations as often as it meets or exceeds them, and there's no question that it's our Game of the Year."

Rockstar Games, meanwhile, seems to already be looking to the future. New job listings for unannounced titles, which the company has described as "next-generation" projects, have appeared.

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And so it starts, just like with GTAO, this game isn't receiving any SP DLC or support either.

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Bring on the Red Dead Cha-ching!

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just a reminder

gta 5 online has (or had i havnt seen it come up in years) a free mode purple challenge - go to the yellow circle in ANY vehicle , the circle would move and shrink and you would have to knock out the competition, almost battle them , and remain the sole person within the circle to win ..........

i think it was called penned in.....

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Is this RDR2 online anything like RDR1 online? The first RDR had a cool online feature where I could roam without getting killed every secound. I could join missions which were cool! It also had zombie mode no holds bar where me and other players had to kill a ton of zombies. I hate playing against other players.

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@J2fold: Not right now. Right now plan on getting shot repeatedly for no reason other than somebody else saw you and then respawning with 20 feet of where you just died. Sometimes you can get a little bit of free roam in without being interrupted but not much. Also the stranger missions are designed to invite everyone to come get you and story missions are forced grouping that automatically fail the second somebody drops out. They got some work to do to make it even remotely worth playing (unless you just like griefing people).

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Ain´t settin my spurs into that shit..

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This is what happens when Leslie Benzies, the complete Heart of Rockstar, gets put off to pasture and treated like garbage. I can assure you he alone saved RDR 1 from vaporizing - and also had everything to do with GTA5's success. Rockstar is screwed without Leslie, and this is just the start.

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@Utnayan: They delivered the highest rated game on metacritic this generation and will probably sell over 30 million copies of that game in a single year.

How exactly are they screwed?

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@Utnayan: I found it intriguing that in RDR 2's credits no one was listed as the "game director" instead Sam and Dan Housers names came up as producers first almost as if to say the whole project was directed by committee and the CEO's rather than a creative visionary.

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Rockstar: "We used to start trends. Now we follow them."

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@redhedjack: Shrinking maps arent a trend, itll be here forever now. Its just a new way to play.

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So this show what a bunch of liars Rockstar and T2 are:

GTA, Red Dead Company Responds To Battle Royale Phenomenon

The success of games like PUBG and Fortnite is "really interesting," but Take-Two wants to avoid being "derivative."


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@enigmaxg2: With how popular the mode is I don't blame any company for including a Battle Royale type mode in their online multiplayer. It would be foolish not to. However with every company seemingly jumping on the Battle Royale trend it's only a matter of time before the novelty run offs and it's just another online mode (it might already be getting there). Hopefully Rockstar, and other companies, come up with ways to make this mode more unique for their game(s). I feel like RDR2 offers some unique options and possibilities with the modes because of the setting and gameplay.

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@enigmaxg2: And then they take it down a notch and only allow 32 players anyway :P

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RDR online was fun for a few days as a griefing simulator...but I doubt I’ll ever go back.

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@mistervulpes: Its a very bare bones Beta. I'd give it 6 months to a year for them to produce something actually decent. GTA online wasn't great at the beginning

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Ummm...Battle Royal Mode with Extreme auto aim? No thanks. The only thing that’s NOT ambitious about Red Dead 2 is its shooting mechanics. It’s even WORSE in PVP. And let’s not even get started on the knifing.

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@wrestlingdude: As much as I enjoyed RDR2, I am conflicted somewhat about the game due to its poor combat mechanics and camera (typical of Rockstar games); the camera while riding is also baffling. I cannot imagine doing any of these things in PvP.

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@wrestlingdude: damn they allow Auto-aim for PvP? I could see it for PvE situations but it kind of kills the point of PvP which is about competition.

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They need to make the free-roam experience richer and just simply better; the stuff "outside" PVP that should make RDR Online differ from other games. The classic PVP modes should just be a part of the experience, not the main thing, since it's done numerous times better in other games that primarily focus on them.

As I always say, it has some great potential, but they need to do some serious work in 2019.

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Saw it coming lol.

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@mandzilla: at this point we should just assume that any game with PvP will have some sort of Battle Royale type mode. With how successful Fortnite and PUBG have been I don't blame companies for hoping on the trend. It'll eventually be a staple of online multiplayer just like team death match and free for all.

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@sparent180: Yup, I believe you're right. Everyone jumping on the bandwagon.