Back when I sat down with Rainbow Six Siege director Leeroy Athanasoff, we chatted about the idea of taking the the tactical shooter into strange new places, implementing its the characters and gameplay into realms outside of its own counter-terrorism themes. Well, it seems the Athanasoff wasn’t just whistlin’ dixie, as a new limited time event takes some of our favourite operators and transports them to, of all places, the old west.

Showdown, which is live now in-game, is a deathmatch mode which pits two teams of three players against each other in a rootin’ tootin’ battle to the death. Taking place on compact new map Fort Truth, both teams are armed with a BOSG shotgun (reskinned to look like an old-school repeater rifle) and a powerful revolver. There’s no time to stop and soak in the antiquated new surroundings however, as each round has a breathless 90-second time limit.

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