We had heard some rumors back in November that Rockstar would look to add a battle royale game mode to Red Dead Online at some point and it seems like those rumors were spot-on.
Called "Gun Rush", the mode (available today) is a last-man-standing affair for up to 32 players that sees players grabbing guns and ammo around an arena with an ever-shrinking circle to keep them moving.
You can read our impressions of Red Dead Online from just after its launch, but a common source of complaints is that there just isn't enough to do.
"A big thank you to everyone who has taken part in the Red Dead Online Beta over the holidays, and especially to those who have taken the time to provide us with their feedback", notes Rockstar in a press release.
Rockstar Games is today pushing out a new update for Red Dead Online, the multiplayer component of Red Dead Redemption 2, and with it will come an entirely new game mode that's basically just a variant of the hyper-popular battle royale genre.
Finally, Rockstar is reducing the distance at which players appear on the map, making it tougher for would-be griefers to pursue you.
As for the beta progress, it's still gonna be a few more months until it comes out of that stage as the team still have many more new gameplay features to implement into the game across the board on top of your expected stabilisation and overall refinements that need to be made.
An improved Parley system should help players avoid their more aggressive contemporaries, while Feuds will be easier to access so that players can go after one another in a fairer, more structured manner.
Daily Challenges: These challenges will cover every aspect of the game, from shooting to running from the law.
"Soon, players will get a bounty for committing crimes and will be incentivized to pay them off within an allotted time", Rockstar explained. Wait too long and bounty hunters from each of the states will track the player forcing them to either pay up or escape. In the same vein, starting Feuds, wherein both parties agree to kill the crap out of each other for three minutes, is also going to be easier - and that includes Posse Feuds and Leader Feuds.
Player location marks are facing minor tweaks, which will "reduce the range to which you are visible to others". That will remain the case for the foreseeable future, although the company has outlined some of the updates and new content that are on the way.
Rockstar have also promised more Races and Showdowns, new clothing and new emotes later down the line.
All-new missions to build on your Story in A Land Of Opportunities - from previously established characters like Horley and Jessica LeClerk, and some new ones as well.