Red Dead Redemption 2‘s multiplayer mode, Red Dead Online, received a huge update last week, finally bringing it out of its beta phase. Rockstar has now rolled out another update for the online mode, introducing yet more Free Roam missions and other content–including a new batch of timed-exclusive goodies for PS4.
With this week’s RDO update, PS4 players have early access to a brand-new weapon, the “devastating” Ancient Tomahawk. You can pick one up for free from your local Fence, regardless of your rank. Going along with it is a new Showdown mode called Make It Count, a battle royale-style free-for-all that has players vying to be the last one standing on a shrinking battlefield using nothing but the Ancient Tomahawk.
Additionally, PS4 players can pick up the Perlino Andalusian Horse, which has higher stamina than a standard steed. There’s also a new assortment of clothing and emotes, as well as a second brand-new Showdown mode, Last Stand. This mode has players fighting to survive in frantic two-minute rounds. You can read more details on the PlayStation Blog.
On top of the new content, Rockstar is extending a special offer for PS4 players. Those without a PS Plus subscription, which you typically need in order to play online games on the console, will be able to jump into Red Dead Online for free until May 27. You’ll still need to own a copy of Red Dead Redemption 2 to get access to Red Dead Online, but you’ll be able to try its online mode out for a limited time at no cost. You’ll also be able to get a discount on a PS Plus subscription if you decide to sign up after the trial period.
Like Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and a handful of other games, Red Dead Online offers some timed-exclusive content for PS4. Those playing on Sony’s console get early access to select weapons, modes, and other things 30 days before they go live on Xbox One. Past timed-exclusive content included the Red Chestnut Arabian Horse and the Open Target Races mode.
Rockstar has more updates in store for Red Dead Online over the next few weeks. On May 28, the developer is introducing another new Showdown mode, Head for the Hills, as well as a Wild Animal Kills Free Roam challenge. You can read more about what’s on the way to Red Dead Online soon on Rockstar’s website.
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