Red Dead Online Update Adds Up In Smoke Showdown Mode

Okay, Red Dead Online fans. Things are about to pick up in your world, even if that means everything going…up in smoke.

Rockstar Games revealed new details today about the latest update to the online component for Red Dead Redemption 2. Things will get interesting with the introduction of Up In Smoke, the latest Showdown Mode coming to the game starting today. (No, it’s not based on Cheech and Chong.)

The company stated in the press release, “Destroy the enemy camp at all costs in Up In Smoke, the latest Showdown Mode added to the Red Dead Online Beta today. All players start out with an explosive package and each successful delivery to the opposing team’s base will detonate a piece of their camp. Deliver all of your packages and raze the competition’s base to the ground to claim victory.”

In addition to that, Rockstar is also offering a 30 percent XP boost for all Ability Cards, which should make matches a bit more interesting.

“Ability Cards come in Dead Eye and Passive variants – Dead Eye Ability Cards grant special advantages while Dead Eye is active while Passive Ability Cards have unique Combat, Recovery or Defensive advantages – and each card has three available tiers. Rack up extra XP this week to reach the next tier faster, then upgrade the card to get an improved version of that ability. Ability Cards like To Fight Another Day, Strange Medicine and Slippery Bastard can all come in handy in Up in Smoke, equip them in your loadout while you’re fighting your way to deliver an explosive package behind enemy lines.” You can see the full breakdown on Ability Cards here on the Rockstar page.

Last but not least, if you’re looking to do a bit of shopping, head over to the Wheeler, Rawson and Co. Catalogue and take a look at the new Winter Shotgun Coat that’s in stock. On top of that, you can also get the Benbow Jacket, as well as the Darned Stockings (but are they really that darned, tho?) and the Manteca Hat.

The update is live now, and Rockstar has promised even more to come in the weeks ahead. You can check out Red Dead Redemption 2now for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

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Red Dead Online Game Modes Leak Ahead of Release

With Red Dead Redemption 2’s multiplayer mode due to go live for some starting today, we’ve got a bit of advance information courtesy of a dataminder: specifically, news about Red Dead Online game modes including what sound like story missions and a battle royale mode.

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The leaks were shared on Twitter by a user named Illogicalmods, who dug up several text files from Rockstar’s Social Club website. These text files include what look like journal entries to several story missions involving a man by the name of Horley, who appears to be your liaison to Red Dead Online’s activities and presumed overall narrative.

The files also offer brief descriptions of game modes in the multiplayer game:

  • Hostile Territories, a team-based point capture mode.
  • Most Wanted, a “tactical race to the top” that sees players trying to kill as many people for points without being taken down themselves.
  • A Name Your Weapon mode which limits the types of weapons players can use and awards points for landing kills with “trickier” weapons.
  • And the battle royale mode Make It Count, which has players using specific weapons to determine the last one standing in a slowly shrinking play space.

The unearthed feature list also has some word about different types of races that players can join in on, as well as good old-fashioned team-based deathmatch modes.

As announced yesterday, Red Dead Online’s beta will be opening in staggered steps; today will become available for those who bought the Ultimate Edition, the 28th will be open for those who bought the game on day one, the 29th will allow those who played during the game’s launch weekend, and the 30th opens the beta to every owner of the game.

Our Thoughts

We’re really not terribly surprised that Red Dead Online is hopping on that bandwagon, but at least it sounds like there are other things for players to do if battle royale isn’t their cup of tea. Or campfire instant coffee if you want to stick to thematics.

Sources: Rockstar Newswire, Twitter via Eurogamer

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Red Dead Online Gets a Release Window for Open Beta

While the vast majority of folks are busying themselves with playing the single-player portion of Red Dead Redemption 2, there’s still the matter of when its confirmed online multiplayer will kick off. We now know just that bit more as Rockstar has offered a rough Red Dead Online release window for its open beta.

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We already knew that Red Dead Online was going to begin beta at some point in November, and the latest earnings call from Take-Two Interactive has confirmed that is still the case. Only we’re going to have to wait until the end of November.

“It will launch in public beta towards the end of the month,” said Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick in the earnings call. “Rockstar will have a lot more to say about it.”

Part of the run-up to Red Dead Online will likely be more information about features. There’s still no word on that front now, though an interview with developers did state that features for the mode will arrive in a fluid manner much like Grand Theft Auto Online’s updates work now.

In that same earnings call, Zelnick was extremely non-committal towards confirmation of the game’s assumed PC release, simply saying “Rockstar will talk about what their intentions are going forward with regard to all upcoming products” when asked by one of the investors.

Our Thoughts

As much fun as the world of Red Dead Redemption 2 is, we expect it’ll be even more fun — or certainly more chaotic — once other people are tossed in to the mix. Here’s hoping for more firm word on when and what will be in Red Dead Online soon.

Sources: IGN, VG247

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Confirms its Online Multiplayer Portion

We expected that the upcoming Red Dead Redemption 2 would have some form of an online component, but we hadn’t really known for sure if that would be the case. Until this latest announcement of Red Dead Online crossed our desk, anyway, which not only announces its arrival but a rough window for when it’ll start beta.

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The online part of Red Dead Redemption 2 will arrive separately in its beta state this coming November. Much like the current GTA Online, Red Dead Online is expected to build on the base gameplay beats of RDR 2 and update with new activities and adjustments on a regular basis. The announcement also promises that this new version of Red Dead Online will be an evolution of the multiplayer component that was in the first RDR title.

Also much like GTA Online, Red Dead Online will be free for anyone who purchases Red Dead Redemption 2, which is set to launch on PS4 and Xbox One on October 26th.

The announcement goes out of its way to mention that the November public beta will very likely go through turbulence come its launch, but hopes that the game’s community will help the devs go through the mode’s growing pains.

More details are expected soon, but for now IGN snagged themselves an exclusive Q&A with the devs about the online mode, which you can check out here.

Our Thoughts

While this is certainly not terribly surprising news, it’s still really good to know for sure that Red Dead Online will indeed be a thing with the new game. We’re looking very forward to seeing more about what the online portion of RDR 2 has to offer.

Source: press release

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