Red Dead Online Beta has received a new Showdown Mode called Up In Smoke.

Players are pitted against one another to deliver an explosive package to the opposing team’s base, and detonate a section of their camp. Delivering all packages will raze the rival team’s base to the ground to claim victory.

This week’s featured bonus is a 30% XP boost on all Ability Cards. 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, activate them while you’re fighting your way to deliver an explosive package behind enemy lines.

This week’s additions to the Wheeler, Rawson and Co. Catalogue include:

  • Winter Shotgun Coat
  • Benbow Jacket
  • Darned Stockings
  • Manteca Hat

Sound good? Time to go back to the Wild West.

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