GTA Online: Rockstar rolls out co-op racing mode called Target Assault

The latest addition to GTA Online should now be live across regions and brings an entirely new type of co-op racing to the hugely popular game. 

Called Target Assault, the racing mode update was released last week and lets two players drive weaponised vehicles around a track. One player drives the car, and races against other drivers, while the other player fires bullets from a roof-mounted turret at targets placed around the track. The smaller the target, the greater the score and the aim is to win the race with the most points possible. 

You can learn more about Target Assault in the trailer below: 

The Target Assault mode is part of the larger Southern San Andreas Super Sport Series of updates, which has previously included a demolition derby race game. It follows its “Festive Surprise” update, launched over Christmas and New Year.

That particular update, added the Ubermacht Sentinel Classic, alongside the Adversary Mode, Occupy. Occupy is a capture the flag game for up to 16 players. At least one member of your team has to hold a zone long enough for it to activate your team colour and the more zones your team holds, the more points you’ll get. Occupy will also be giving double GTA$ & RP until 8 January.

Ahead of this festive release, Rockstar used GTA Online to troll players by deliberately sneaking in references to Red Dead Redemption 2 with a secret scavenger hunt. 

The quest was uncovered by GTA Online players and data miners, The Guru Team, as they dug into the update files. By combing through The Doomsday Heist update last year, they uncovered unreleased cars and planes but also discovered items that made reference to a revolver from the old west.

The revolver was first hinted at as part of a headshot challenge, with a description in the code revealing it as a quest tied to Rockstar Games’ Social Club. Called the “Double-Action Revolver headshot challenge”, Rockstar explained that beating the challenge “will unlock a GTA$ reward and an exclusive variation of the weapon in Red Dead Redemption 2”, indicating we’ll see the same gun feature in Rockstar’s upcoming open-world western shooter.

It wasn’t long after that nugget was uncovered that The Guru Team then discovered other unused assets that were clearly tied to Red Dead Redemption 2.

An asset for a locked chest was uncovered, stamped with the company name and logo for Boles Overland Stagecoach Co. which can be spotted in an earlier Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer.

A handwritten note was also found during the data mine, referencing how a hidden treasure tore a family apart. There was even information in there for the mission’s script and coding, helping The Guru Team piece it back together.

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It’s worth noting that the code for the mission may not be final, a lot of the time these things receive updates as future patches drop in, but currently, it states that players need to find a “gold-plated six-shooter”. It’s believed the note that was found will be part of the quest’s opening section with the snazzy gun being locked away in the chest.

The script also shows that you’ll have to visit 20 different locations across GTA Online’s map, taking photos in each of the spots required. Players have already begun scouting these locations out and, it’s believed, once the mission goes live players will receive a new clue once they’ve snapped a pic at a location.

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If you’re wondering if this only pure speculation and wishful thinking by The Guru Team, only a few hours after the leak emerged online, Rockstar released a blog post confirming the discovery. In the post, Rockstar states that “rumours of a lost relec from the frontier have begun to surface, and treasure awaits those bold enough to seek it.”

Interestingly, instead of confirming all the nitty-gritty details that The Guru Team uncovered, Rockstar simply stated that “a special in-game email containing the first clue” will come to your player’s iFruit. The Guru team believed that the golden Double-Action Revolver quest was obtained by uncovering a letter that pointed you towards digging up the revolver in a chest from GTA V‘s mysterious unmarked grave.

Rockstar did also clarify that the “Headshot Challenge” that was once thought to be tied to the Red Dead Redemption 2 gun was needed to unlock the gun. In actual fact, it appears that this is a challenge unlocked after obtaining the weapon, leading to a GTA$250,000 reward. You’ll also unlock a new content for Red Dead Redemption 2 in the process.

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