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Red Dead Redemption 2 fans are awaiting the release of the first major Red Dead Online update on PS4 and Xbox One.

Rockstar will release the Red Dead 2 update on February 26. There’s no official time, but Rockstar updates tend to go live by midday.

The huge new update introduces a ton of new gameplay events, not to mention new weapons, emotes and other fixes.

Full patch notes will be revealed when the update goes live, but in the meantime, fans can check out some of the big new changes coming to Red Dead 2 Online.

The headline new feature is the introduction of a Free Roam event called Fool’s Gold.

“New additions will include the Fool’s Gold Free Roam Event, where players will compete to control an equal parts gaudy and protective suit of Golden Armour,” reads a Rockstar post. “Fight to take down the armour wearer to earn points and claim it as your own, then turn the tables and earn points for kills while wearing the armour.”

New Showdown modes are also coming to the game, including one in which teams attempt to capture and deliver bags of loot.

“Also on the way are three new Showdown Modes where players and teams compete to capture and deliver bags, steal loot from each other and survive.

“Stay tuned for more details around Up in Smoke, Spoils of War and Plunder. Races will also see a new variation with Target Races where players shoot targets from horseback to pass checkpoints as they race along a track to the finish line.”

Competitive fishing challenges are also on the way, complete with free fishing rods, bait and lures.

“Competitive Challenges gets a fresh catch with Fishing Challenges,” the post continues. “Fishing Challenges are broken out by type, opt in to the challenge and you’ll receive all the equipment necessary to compete including the rod as well lures and bait specific to the challenge type, whether it’s crickets for a river challenge, crayfish for the swamp or worms for lakes.

“Then head to an appropriate body of water to take part – also, you’ll be made safe from the nuisance of trigger-happy outlaws while you are taking the challenge. Catch the highest weight total of fish to win.”

Elsewhere, players can unlock new customisation items, weapons and outfits.

This includes the snake adorned Diamondback Hat and the fur trimmed Rutledge Vest.

“B.D. and Co. is turning out the high grade, high capacity Evans Repeater rifle,” Rockstar adds.

“The Rare Shotgun is D.D. Packenbush’s latest variation of the powerful double-barrelled longarm. Sporting an antique style faded brass finish and an artfully adorned stock. Both weapons will be available via the Wheeler & Rawson Catalogue and local Gunsmiths.”

There’s an extra special treat for PS4 owners, who can take part in Open Target Races.

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