How To Swap To Defensive Playstyle: To become ‘Defensive’, open the Player Menu in RDO. Tap [D-Pad: Left] to bring up the menu, then select ‘Online Settings’. Scroll down to Playstyles and switch from ‘Offensive’ to ‘Defensive’.
After switching playstyles, you’ll need to wait 30 seconds before the effect takes place. During that time, you can still be attacked like normal. If you’re planning on being Defensive, you should swap right as you spawn into the game. You can swap from Offensive / Defensive at any time, but it takes 30 seconds each time to take effect.
How Hostility Works Now
The Hostility System was added months ago, but it’s an important aspect of the Playstyle System. When in ‘Offensive’, you’ll earn less Hostility for killing than in ‘Defensive’. If you’re playing ‘Defensive’, then killing other players, or other players killing you, will gain a huge amount of Hostility.
As your Hostility, increases, so does your notoriety. You can no longer see every player on the map. Players are marked with a blue dot — the most hostile a player becomes, the darker the dot will be, until it turns red. The more hostility you accumulate, the further away players can spot you on the map / mini-map. This allows less PVP-focused players to stay out of hostile players way.
While in ‘Defensive’ Mode, players are free to fight back and kill enemy players that are attacking them. Killing a player while defending yourself, after taking damage from an enemy player, will not incur a hostility increase.
‘Defensive’ players will be removed from ‘Defensive’ playstyle if they kill another player, if they are not defending themselves. You’ll revert back to ‘Offensive’ after a single non-defensive kill. We haven’t tested all the nuances of the system yet, but this might be a great addition for players looking to hunt or fish in peace. We’ll just have to wait and see how this newest system works out.